TRIMET committed to the European Green CapitalTRIMET Plant Manager Dr. Andreas Lützerath, TRIMET CEO Dr. Martin Iffert, Mayor Thomas Kufen and the Project Director of the European Green Capital and Deputy Mayor for Environment and Construction Simone Raskob were pleased about the award.
“As an Essen-based company, we feel responsible for the development of our city. We see the European Green Capital Award as a confirmation of our activities to promote structural change. This can only be achieved on a stable social basis. With the Virtual Battery project, TRIMET has set an example for the correlation of ecology and industrial production. In this way, we would like to secure jobs on a sustainable basis while supporting the energy transition,” said Iffert. The company is currently testing a new production process that flexibly adapts its aluminum production to the fluctuating power supply from wind and solar energy. The aluminum smelter is thus being transformed into a gigantic power store.
“The use of renewable energies is a pioneering topic in our city, too. The Virtual Battery is a good example of innovative and environmentally friendly technology that is ‘made in Essen’. It will take us one step further on the way to a green future,” said a pleased Mayor Thomas Kufen.
TRIMET is the largest industrial employer in Essen. In the aluminum smelter, 750 employees produce some 300,000 tons of cast aluminum products annually, which are then processed in the automotive, machine construction and building sectors.
With the title “European Green Capital”, the European Union has annually distinguished a European city since 2010 that has achieved high environmental standards while also setting ambitious targets for the enhancement of environmental protection and sustainable development. Essen is the first city shaped by the mining industry to be honoured with the award. The jury, appointed by the European Commission, emphasized the successful transformation of this coal and steelmaking location into the greenest city in North Rhine-Westphalia and its high quality of life, highlighting Essen’s responsibility as a role model for cities undergoing structural change.