“With ‘cleantech’ we are shaping the future in a sustainable way.”

Man­ag­ing Direc­tor Dr. Nico­las Maier-Scheubeck explains how Rein­hausen is con­tribut­ing to the glob­al ener­gy tran­si­tion.

The global energy transition requires a secure, economical and ecological power supply. This is made possible by an international network of sustainably operating companies. MR Managing Director Dr. Nicolas Maier-Scheubeck reports on the contribution MR is making in this regard.

The discussion on sustainability in politics, society and companies has gained considerable momentum in the past decade. What does this mean for Reinhausen?

We encounter the need for sus­tain­able cor­po­rate gov­er­nance under the buzz­words “Social Devel­op­ment Goals” (SDG), “Cor­po­rate Social Respon­si­bil­i­ty” (CSR) and “Envi­ron­men­tal, Social and Cor­po­rate Gov­er­nance” (ESG). As a glob­al­ly active com­pa­ny, we have to adapt to var­i­ous reg­u­la­tions of nation­al leg­is­la­tures and polit­i­cal ini­tia­tives.

Our cus­tomers are involved in build­ing and oper­at­ing a sus­tain­able ener­gy infra­struc­ture and have there­fore already com­mit­ted to ambi­tious “Net Zero” tar­gets. Accord­ing­ly, we are already being asked for infor­ma­tion on our com­pli­ance orga­ni­za­tion and our han­dling of sup­pli­ers and sup­ply risks. Ulti­mate­ly, how­ev­er, the media pres­ence of the top­ic of sus­tain­abil­i­ty is also increas­ing­ly influ­enc­ing the behav­ior of employ­ees and applicants—who would want to work in a com­pa­ny that is not seen as sus­tain­able?

Irre­spec­tive of these require­ments, we are com­mit­ted to the UN’s Social Devel­op­ment Goals as a fam­i­ly busi­ness with a cross-gen­er­a­tional ori­en­ta­tion. Con­se­quent­ly, we have embed­ded this in our cor­po­rate strat­egy and are already prepar­ing our first sustainabil­ity report, although we are not oblig­ed to pub­lish it until 2026.

What opportunities does decarbonization offer for Reinhausen’s business?

As the world mar­ket leader, we are proud to have made the oper­a­tion of trans­form­ers not only safer and more eco­nom­i­cal, but above all more envi­ron­men­tal­ly friend­ly over the past 25 years with our main­te­nance-free VACUTAP® on-load tap-chang­ers. The sav­ings in insu­lat­ing oil alone make a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to conserv­ing nat­ur­al resources over the entire life cycle. In this way, we had already made a sig­nif­i­cant “Scope 3” con­tri­bu­tion for our cus­tomers at a time when sus­tain­abil­i­ty was not yet a glob­al issue. In the mean­time, we have mean­ing­ful CO2 bal­ances for select­ed prod­ucts, and we are work­ing on estab­lish­ing stan­dard­ized assess­ments for our entire, high­ly durable prod­uct port­fo­lio.

The trans­for­ma­tion of the sup­ply infra­struc­ture dri­ven by cli­mate change requires new answers in many places. Beyond trans­former con­trol, Rein­hausen and its sub­sidiaries have much to offer—such as effi­cient grid con­nec­tion of wind tur­bines, sta­bi­liza­tion of trans­mis­sion grids by means of capac­i­tive reac­tive pow­er, test­ing and mon­i­tor­ing of extra-high volt­age cables, increas­ing the resilience of local grids or local pro­vi­sion of DC grids.

“We place great val­ue on employ­ees deep­en­ing and broad­en­ing their exper­tise over many years in the same func­tion.”
Dr. Nico­las Maier-Scheubeck, MR-Geschäfts­führer

How do internal processes change in this context?

Due to the Euro­pean envi­ron­men­tal stan­dards, which have always been very high, we have a good overview of the emis­sions of our oper­a­tions. We are not an ener­gy-inten­sive com­pa­ny and we con­sis­tent­ly avoid waste and try to recy­cle it. In the area of pack­ag­ing and trans­port, we have sig­nif­i­cant­ly reduced CO2 emis­sions in recent years. In this respect, the high pro­duc­tiv­i­ty and qual­i­ty of our process­es and the use of inno­v­a­tive process tech­nolo­gies already ensure that we work in a way that con­serves resources.

Nev­er­the­less, we want and must con­tin­ue to improve. We are cur­rent­ly work­ing on reduc­ing gas and elec­tric­i­ty con­sump­tion over­all and at the same time mak­ing greater use of non-fos­sil ener­gy sources. This applies worldwide—most recent­ly, we were able to make our plant in Chi­na inde­pen­dent of the pub­lic ener­gy sup­ply. The new plant in Italy is already equipped with pho­to­voltaics on a large scale, and this will soon also be the case in Dres­den. The fact that the num­ber of busi­ness trips as well as the on-premise work­ing of our employ­ees have both fall­en sharply, and that dig­i­tal com­mu­ni­ca­tion with cus­tomers, sup­pli­ers and employ­ees has increased accord­ing­ly, also reduces the CO2 load of our process­es on bal­ance.

In this respect, we are try­ing to over­come log­i­cal con­tra­dic­tions, since the aim is to ensure the unin­ter­rupt­ed oper­a­tion right­ly demand­ed by our cus­tomers, while at the same time reduc­ing emis­sions and increas­ing eco­nom­ic effi­cien­cy. In view of a dynam­ic envi­ron­ment of legal reg­u­la­tions, geopo­lit­i­cal chal­lenges and tech­no­log­i­cal change, this is no easy task over­all. How­ev­er, new prod­ucts such as ECOTAP® VI are already demon­strat­ing how this can be achieved.

Do family-owned companies like MR naturally act more sustainably than corporations listed on the stock exchange?

As a medi­um-sized fam­i­ly busi­ness found­ed in 1868, we are deeply ingrained in think­ing for future gen­er­a­tions and act­ing in accor­dance with the rules—otherwise, accord­ing to our self-image, entre­pre­neur­ial inde­pen­dence can­not be main­tained across gen­er­a­tions. Par­tic­u­lar­ly in terms of sus­tain­able coop­er­a­tion with our cus­tomers and sup­pli­ers, we attach great impor­tance to employ­ees deep­en­ing and broad­en­ing their exper­tise over many years in the same func­tion. In list­ed com­pa­nies, there is some­times a lack of patience for this or it is even unde­sir­able in terms of com­pli­ance. For this rea­son, many employ­ees see them­selves as mem­bers of the Rein­hausen fam­i­ly and iden­ti­fy strong­ly with our cor­po­rate goals. And this nat­u­ral­ly includes sus­tain­abil­i­ty.

How­ev­er, it should not be over­looked that many list­ed com­pa­nies also suc­ceed in effec­tive­ly anchor­ing the issue of sus­tain­abil­i­ty in their cor­po­rate policies—we have a lot in com­mon with these large com­pa­nies and can ben­e­fit from each other’s coop­er­a­tion.

“Tech­nol­o­gy for the ener­gy turn­around must be suit­able for future gen­er­a­tions.”
Dr. Nico­las Maier-Scheubeck, MR-Geschäfts­führer

What is the significance of sustainability against the backdrop of the acute shortage of personnel in the economy?

In the opin­ion of employ­ees and appli­cants, Rein­hausen has long been one of the most attrac­tive employers—not least because of our high­ly praised train­ing and con­tin­u­ing edu­ca­tion pro­grams. In addi­tion to our long­stand­ing suc­cess, secure jobs and fam­i­ly atmos­phere, the company’s pur­pose itself also con­tributes to this. Our mar­ket-lead­ing solu­tions for con­trol­ling load flow and pow­er qual­i­ty help a steadi­ly grow­ing world pop­u­la­tion to enjoy attrac­tive liv­ing con­di­tions with­out bur­den­ing future gen­er­a­tions. Our “Pur­pose” is sus­tain­able, MR has always deliv­ered “Clean­tech” in the best under­stood sense. This is expe­ri­enced by our employ­ees, cus­tomers and sup­pli­ers alike—sustainability and clean­tech com­ple­ment each oth­er per­fect­ly.

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