The production process for strip galvanising, the main business area of the Wuppermann Group, will be 100 percent CO2 neutral at all sites by 2025. For this ambitious goal, the Leverkusen-based company is successively switching its electricity mix to purchase from renewable energies. By far the largest share of the company's energy requirements is generated in strip galvanizing. Wuppermann produces about one million tonnes of strip galvanized steel a year using the so-called "heat-to-coat" process. In 2020, the Fraunhofer Institute proved that this process saves more than 30 per cent CO2 compared to conventional galvanizing processes based on fossil fuels.The first measures have already been implemented. For example, since the beginning of 2021, the company has been sourcing green electricity exclusively from hydropower at its production sites in Austria. The Dutch site in Moerdijk will switch completely to electricity from wind power from 1 January 2022. The electricity supply contracts at the production sites in Hungary and Poland will also be successively converted to CO2-free or green electricity. This will significantly increase the CO2 advantage over European competitors.At the same time, the company is investing in its own power generation. At three sites, Wuppermann has installed photovoltaic systems with a total output of three megawatts in 2021 alone. This corresponds to the electricity consumption of more than 1,700 households. In addition, Wuppermann is aiming for a recycling rate of 100 per cent. A package of energy efficiency measures has been developed as part of a CIP process. The energy requirement in relation to the production volume is to be continuously reduced in this way.As an energy-intensive company and a major European steel processor, the issue of sustainability is of great strategic importance to the Wuppermann Group and Wuppermann wants to be a pioneer in CO2 neutrality."Since its foundation in 1872, the medium-sized family business Wuppermann has developed from a steel processor to a leading innovator in corrosion protection. Wuppermann Group employs around 800 people throughout Europe at five production sites in the Netherlands, Austria, Poland and Hungary, as well as in holding and sales companies in Germany, Austria, France, Sweden and Romania. It is managed by Wuppermann AG as a holding company based in Leverkusen, which is 100 % family-owned. The product portfolio includes surface-finished flat steel products with zinc and zinc-magnesium coatings and pickled surfaces, as well as pipes, profiles and pipe components with the same surface types. Wuppermann's products are applied in a wide variety of industries: construction, furniture and automotive industries, solar & energy technology and transport.