European Commission awards energy-efficient Belgian companies
ABInveb, Brussels Airlines and contractor Mathieu Gijbels each received the Green Light Award for their efficient use of lighting technologies. Alongside six other European winners among a total of 230 businesses they proposed their plans to the European Commission to cut back electrity. The nine contenders managed to save 3 568.5 megawatt, which is the equivalent to the annual consumption of about 1 200 households. Beer powerhouse AB Inbev reduced its electricity consumption by 73% through the upgrading of five of its production facilities while the aviation company Brussels Airlines reduced consumption in its maintenance hangar by 68%. The star of the show among the Belgians, however, was building contractor from Opglabbeek, Mathieu Gijbels, which managed to cut back consumption by a whopping 75%. Like Brussels Airlines, Mathieu Gijbels went into partnership with the Genk engineering consultancy Encon and installed energy-efficient light fixtures which guarantee increased light intensity but consume less energy. The 76 000 euros it cost the contractor to install these fixtures may be recouped in a matter of only two years and eight months. The Green Light project was set up by the Commission in 2000. The more than 315 000 megawatt electricity its 736 partners managed to save last year is equal to the electricity consumption of a city with about 250 000 residents.