The German Environmental Management Award is the first of its kind to be awarded to EMAS-registered companies that implement exemplary environmental and climate protection measures in their company and/or communicate about them in an exemplary way. It replaces the European EMAS Award at national level. On 23rd November 2021, the prize was awarded for the first time by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK), the Association for Sustainability and Environmental Management e. V. (VNU) and the Environmental Verification Committee (UGA) to five selected companies from a pool of 13 nominees. The prize was awarded in the categories for Best Environmental Protection Measure, Best Climate Protection Measure and Best Environmental Statement.
Fuß-Orthopädie-Technik Roman Eggs GmbH was the first company to receive the Environmental Management Award in the category Best Measure in Environmental Protection. The company from Bexbach in the Saarland succeeded in reducing the use of plastic casting compounds, some of which contain hazardous ingredients, by 95 percent. This was achieved by developing a special process for manufacturing footbed moldings that use natural substitutes for otherwise common chemicals and solvents. For special insoles and diabetes footbed segments, a new process has succeeded in establishing an equivalent substitute product using the natural material cork from recycling. The new process is equivalent to the conventional process in terms of cost and quality. Altogether, the company demonstrated a holistic approach to production that combines environmental protection and occupational safety with economic efficiency.
Two companies were given the Environmental Management Award in the category Best Practice Climate Protection.
Andechser Molkerei Scheitz GmbH in Andechs, Bavaria, has initiated a program in collaboration with the Institute for Agroecology that enables 70 contract farmers to implement, audit and document targeted climate measures. This program will achieve a total reduction of around 3,000 metric tons of CO2 per year. The company finances its contract farmers' commitments (for every tone of CO2 saved, the climate farmers receive a milk money supplement of ten euros) and ensures a science-based approach to carbon reduction in its supply chain by working with a scientific partner. The program was deemed by the jury as highly innovative and contributive to sustainable change in the agriculture sector with a high multiplier effect.
Uzin Utz AG, based in Baden-Württemberg, is the first company in Germany to use renewable raw materials in the production of flooring installation materials. Since May 2021, the company has been using biomass-based binders, which means a reduction in CO2 emissions of 3,000 tonnes per year. In addition, the renewable substitute raw materials come from biomass waste and thus do not pose any risks for land use conflicts and species extinction.
Two companies were given the Environmental Management Award in the category Best EMAS Environmental Statement.
The environmental statement of Neumarkter Lammsbräu Gebr. Ehrnsperger KG is convincing both in terms of content and digital presentation. Key features are a well-prepared materiality and stakeholder analysis, a comprehensive greenhouse gas balance including Scope 3 emissions, a comprehensible classification of the company's goals in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the integration of indicators according to the GRI standard and the introduction of science-based climate protection targets as part of the Science Based Targets Initiative. A key element is also the participation of employees in the report. Lastly, the report also deals transparently with conflicting goals and open challenges.
The environmental statement of hanseWasser Bremen, a wastewater company for Bremen and the region, provides extensive climate protection activities and presents these in a meaningful and comprehensible way in the report. The report provides for a stringent subdivision according to environmental aspects. Using numerous diagrams, it illustrates a site-related improvement in environmental performance over the years. A traffic light system is used to measure success and shows the current status of the achievement of the environmental goals. All implementations in the report allow for a transparent and centralised recording of the company's environmental impacts.
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