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Energy Conservation at Christian Fischbacher

Christian Fischbacher has been making remarkable advances in sustainability and unconventional methods in recent times with the manufacturing of recycled textiles and yarn. 

At James Dunlop Textiles we are privileged to be in partnership with luxury Swiss brand, Christian Fischbacher and we are proud to represent a brand producing high quality, sophisticated fabrics that promote new methods in sustainable practices. Christian Fischbacher has been making remarkable advances in sustainability and unconventional methods in recent times with the manufacturing of recycled textiles and yarn. 

The recent renovation of their warehouse saw the CEO, Michael Fischbacher opting for a green approach with the installation of a solar power system comprising of 267 modules. 

The roof of the company’s warehouse on Mövenstrasse in St. Gallen is a flat, vast expanse of space that perfectly accommodates this solar power installation. The hundreds of modules generate 73.425 kWh of power. Annually, this equates to an output of 66,700 kWh, which on average is equivalent to the electricity required to run 17 households (4,000 kWh per household). 

The amount of photovoltaics energy that can be generated from Switzerland’s sun is astronomical, and greatly surpasses the required amount for all of Switzerland’s electricity consumption. This led the business to investing in renewable energy, to contribute to this positive movement and utilise unused space, such as the warehouse roof, in achieving this vision.

The electricity generated by the solar panels is used for lighting and powering machinery at the St Gallen headquarters. In combination with the added insulation installed in the roof, the system can produce up to 100% of the electricity required for the premises. 

Over at their Logistics Centre in Como, energy efficiency has also been improved. The automated air circulation system that is self-regulating, has ensured that air conditioning is no longer required. This alone preserves an incredible amount of energy per year for a company of multiple large buildings.     

James Dunlop Textiles is extremely fortunate to be associated with a brand that values and believes in the continuous evolution and implementation of clean energy as we all strive to make a change in environmental conservation.

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