Corporate responsibility has a high value at STEAG. The trainees at the energy company already learn how important corporate responsibility is for society – and are happy to pass that knowledge on. For example, to the students of the Adolf Reichwein Primary School in Altenessen. Within the framework of the social project “Youth Farm”, the eight and nine-year-olds were shown by STEAG’s junior staff how electricity can be generated from natural resources in an environmentally friendly way.
The STEAG trainees do not leave it at boring theory. “We also aim to convey this knowledge as interestingly as possible,” explains Udo Woidneck, Compliance Officer of the energy company and at the same time responsible for Corporate Responsibility at STEAG. “The trainees have designed and built a small energy park especially for this purpose, where the students can participate and observe.”
At five stations focusing on wind, water, solar, recycling and refuse-derived fuel, the STEAG trainees explained how electricity can be produced from these elements and materials: While energy generation using wind and water wheels still seemed plausible, the solar cell, which is used to operate a water fountain, and the cress planted in preserving jars, from which biogas can be extracted, gave rise to astonishment.
The biggest surprise by far, however, was at the station for residual materials: There, STEAG’s junior staff explained that gypsum is created as a by-product of the combustion of hard coal in power plants. Of course, the focus was not on further industrial use, but in fairness to the children – clay. The 40 girls and boys were allowed to press their hands in the mud and then take an individual impression home with them.
Finally, the STEAG trainees tested with a quiz whether the class had paid attention. “Nobody can fail. But the good response tells our trainees that their efforts were worth it,” says Udo Woidneck. “And that’s a success in itself.”