Germany's Federal Environment Minister honours Roth for innovative environmental performance – 18 EMAS-registered companies receive awards for exemplary environmental protection
Dr Susanne Lottermoser, Deputy Director General of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), awarded the EMAS participants with a certificate in recognition of their exceptional environmental performance. Representatives from the various organisations were also invited to take part in specialist talks at the Ministry in Berlin. This was the third time that the awards and the specialist talks had taken place. The latter enabled the companies and organisations to discuss their experiences of the EMAS system.
The companies honoured with the award all show evidence of outstanding environmental performance and innovative measures as part of their environmental management systems.
These measures relate to the efficient protection of both the climate and resources by using less raw and auxiliary materials and energy, designing products and services in an eco-friendly way, and getting contractors and suppliers on board.
The initial nominations were made by the Chambers of Industry and Commerce and the Chambers of Trade. The winners were then selected by a jury that included representatives from the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Germany's accreditation and certification body for environmental verifiers (DAU), the German Federal Environment Agency, the German EMAS Advisory Board and the BMUB.
In order to meet the efficiency requirements, Roth developed its own Energy and Environment Management Ex strategy. The system links environmental management and marketing with how energy and materials are used within the company. Roth is thus focusing on the environmental requirements for energy and material efficiency, examining the environmental aspects of energy and water consumption, emissions, sewage, waste disposal and the disposal of recyclable materials and evaluating them according to specific indicators. The working practices and procedures are reviewed regularly and developed further.
Christin Roth-Jäger, a member of Roth's Executive Board, explained: "Environmental protection is an important part of our corporate philosophy. With the efficient use of energy and resources in our production methods and product ranges, we are making a significant contribution towards climate protection."
The EMAS Eco-Management and Audit Scheme was developed by the European Communities in 1993 as a tool for voluntary environmental management and environmental auditing for companies looking to improve what they do for the environment above and beyond the legal minimum. The creation of an environmental management system and processes are in line with DIN ISO 14001.
Thanks to a pioneering approach to environmental management, Roth's Buchenau and Wolfgruben sites meet the requirements of the EMAS Regulation. For more information, visit www.emas.de, www.uga.de and www.roth-werke.de.