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On 29th January 2015, Hager Group in Blieskastel hosted a keynote event for decision-makers and multipliers from administration, ministries, the research community and the press. The focal point of the day’s presentations and debates was e-mobility and its potential for the environment and the economy. The event was also an opportunity to position the Saarland and the Rhineland-Palatinate as a model region for the whole of Germany.
How can the popular appeal of e-mobility be enhanced even more? How can we demonstrate its practical uses? How mobile do we want to be - and what does that require? On 29th January 2015, the “Watt” meeting room at Hager Group’s premises in Blieskastel was the venue for a convention of more than 40 decision-makers and multipliers from administration, ministries, the research community and the press, who asked questions, debated interdependencies and developed a number of ideas in regard to e-mobility in the Saar-Palatinate region. Hager Group had teamed up to organise the keynote event with Biosphärenzweckverband Bliesgau, a regional biosphere management organisation, IZES GmbH, an innovative energy research institute based in Saarbrücken, and Energieagentur Rheinland-Pfalz GmbH, the energy agency of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate.
Experts delivered ten short presentations on various subjects such as fossil resources, the market for electrically powered vehicles and e-car sharing. As the host of the event, Hager Group contributed a presentation on charging station infrastructures. The day’s presentations were moderated by Mathias Orth-Heinz from Energieagentur Rheinland-Pfalz and inspired much debate in the coffee breaks. It rapidly became clear that follow-up events would have to be scheduled in order to develop tangible projects based on the ideas presented that day.
“A clear commitment to e-mobility”
Hager Group was represented by company founder Dr. Oswald Hager as well as by Johannes Hauck from Corporate Strategy and Business Development and Reiner Ulrich, product manager for e-car charging stations. “This event clearly signalled Hager Group’s commitment to e-mobility,” commented Johannes Hauck. “Hager Group is a small and medium sized business with global operations but strong regional roots. With this event we want to inspire major players in the Saar-Palatinate region to get things moving, and I believe that these exciting presentations and discussions have helped us to succeed.”
Hager Group’s commitment to e-mobility is closely linked to the responsibility it assumes for the sustainable development of the company. After all, electrically powered vehicles minimise noise and polluting emissions - and because they use regenerative energy, charging them is carbon-neutral. “That’s why electric mobility isn’t just good for the environment, it increasingly also makes economic sense,” said Johannes Hauck. “We want to demonstrate that e-mobility makes it possible to reconcile environmental concerns with economic development in our region, without users being restricted in any way.”
As the event drew to a close, participants joined the moderator in filling an “ideas vault” with a large number of possible projects for the future. These will be discussed and put into practice at future keynote events. “The Saar-Palatinate region has the economic potential to become a model region for Germany when it comes to e-mobility,” concluded Johannes Hauck.
About Hager Group
Hager Group is a leading supplier of solutions and services for electrical installations in residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Our range of solutions and services extends from energy distribution to cable management and from security systems to building automation.
As an independent family-owned and run company based in Blieskastel, Germany, Hager Group is one of the industry's innovation leaders. 11,400 employees generate a turnover of 1.6 billion euros. Our components and applications are produced in 22 locations around the globe and customers in more than 80 countries all over the world trust in them.