Civil engineer internship 
- now Energy Specialist at BIRN

As an Energy Specialist at BIRN, Emil Husted Brodersen has a mission: to help lead the iron foundry to a more sustainable future.

Emil Husted Brodersen was born in the Danish city Holstebro and grew up in one of the neighborhoods surrounding BIRN. But even though the iron foundry’s tall chimneys overlooked most of his childhood, the now 26-year-old civil engineer has not grown tired of Holstebro or BIRN.

After completing his master's degree in Sustainable Energy Planning and Management at Aalborg University in 2022, Emil has returned to Holstebro and now works as an Energy Specialist at BIRN. The job offered an opportunity he did not want to miss:

- Foundry production is an energy-intensive process and thus offers many opportunities to make an impact. So, when I got the chance to help BIRN optimize its energy consumption and thus reduce its climate footprint, I jumped at it, he says. 

Started in the machine factory 
It is not the first time that Emil has worked at BIRN. After completing high school in 2015, he worked for two years as a Set-Up Operator in BIRN's machine factory, and during his studies to civil engineer, Emil kept in touch with his old workplace. In several summer holidays, he worked as a substitute at BIRN, and the ongoing contact later allowed him to take his internship at the foundry.

The focus of the internship was the foundry's melting department. During the internship, he investigated how to optimize the melting process by improving the conditions for the melt operators – a work he continued when he was permanently employed by BIRN after completing his master's:

- BIRN saw potential in my work, which I have continued since being employed. We have just completed the first tests of a new operator tool that comes in the form of a tablet. It enables the melters to monitor the temperature in the ovens in real time and in that way optimize energy consumption. Emil Husted Brodersen explains and adds, that the test shows promising results. 

To me, it just shows that the employees are ambitious and open to new input, which I think makes my job even more exciting.

Emil Husted Brodersen, Energy Specialist

Sustainability in focus
In 2023, sustainability became an integral part of the BIRN Group's corporate strategy, and the new strategic focus has transformed some of the familiar work routines and the company culture. But even though the foundry has been around for more than 125 years, the renewed focus on energy and sustainability has, according to Emil, been well received by the employees:

- My colleagues have welcomed the new initiatives, even though many of them have worked here for decades and have grown accustomed to the traditional work process and culture. To me, it just shows that the employees are ambitious and open to new input, which I think makes my job even more exciting, he concludes.

Do you also want to help lead BIRN to a more sustainable future like Emil? We are frequently looking for new employees.
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Group HR Business Partner, Maria Mohr Holst

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