Germany: Henkel considers more telecommuting for more gas savings

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Consumer goods maker Henkel is considering temporarily bringing back more “home offices” (including telecommuting) to save gas. “We could then significantly reduce the temperature in the offices, while our employees could heat their homes to the normal degree,” Henkel CEO Carsten Knobel told the “Rheinische Post” newspaper yesterday.

He also said the group could use more coal and oil at its privately-owned Dusseldorf power station, which currently runs mainly on natural gas. “Compared to today’s operation, we could save almost a third of natural gas,” said the director. However, the company is still awaiting approval from the Federal Network Agency.

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Faced with the challenges of the energy crisis next winter, Knobel said, “I’m optimistic that we can make it.” To do this, however, it is important to save as much natural gas as possible until winter, so that the storage tanks are sufficiently filled.

According to the director, Henkel plans to cut around 300 jobs in Germany by the end of 2023 as part of the realignment of its consumer goods division. That’s about 15% of the 2,000 jobs globally set to be cut by the merger of the detergents and personal care divisions. In this process, the group will try to avoid compulsory redundancies.

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Source: Capital

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