34 EMAS-registered organisations from different sectors took part in this year’s “EMAS Environmental Management 2018” competition held by the German Environment Ministry (BMUB) and the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK). The winners are also being nominated in the category of management for the European Business Awards for the Environment, which will take place later this year.
The jury of German EMAS experts recognised the achievements of five organisations:
In the “small enterprises” category, the winner was a mineral water production company with 26 employees. Rheinsberger Preussenquelle GmbH operates a mineral water source in a sustainable way. It aims to supply completely untreated natural mineral water and to achieve CO2 neutrality by 2018. The company promotes organic farming and water conservation, and took part in a project seeking to improve the storage of carbon in soil.
In the “medium-sized enterprises” category, a marketing and logistics company specialised in the transportation of organic food was honoured. With 30 years of experience in this field, BODAN Großhandel für Naturkost GmbH focuses on reducing emissions from goods transportation (it successfully decreased the diesel consumption of its vehicle fleet by 85% between 2015 and 2017), encourages its employees to contribute to its environmental programme, and communicates extensively with its customers and the industry through social media, sustainability reports, in house-exhibitions, etc.
In the “large enterprises” category, a manufacturer of energy and sanitary systems won the award for its contribution to climate-neutral production. The production sites of Roth Werke succeeded in reducing their CO2 emissions by 65% between 2013 and 2016. They achieved this by, for example, relying on green electricity and heat recovery, and one of the sites reached carbon neutrality in 2017. The company also engages in education: one of its solar thermal models teaches students about the use of renewable energies.
One of the first EMAS-registered universities, the Leuphana University in Lüneburg, received the award in the “public services” category. Since 2000, the university has been developing sustainability guidelines for research and education. It has not only founded the Sustainability Research Initiative and the Faculty for Sustainability but also started offering a sustainability semester that incorporates sustainability issues into the students’ curriculum.
Special recognition was given to the Protestant parish of Bad Mergentheim, which considers environmental management to be an important part of nature preservation and a goal aligned with the beliefs of the church. The parish set up an environmental management team, which came up with environmental guidelines for the parish, installed photovoltaic panels on the parish’s buildings and purchased an electric vehicle that is available to members of the parish for car-sharing.
The winners will be officially thanked for their dedication during the awards ceremony that will take place at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety in Berlin in November 2018.
Take a closer look at the achievements of these organisations here and select your favourite for the European Business Awards!