AGRAVIS receives “Ökoprofit” environment award
Success at the first time of asking: AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG was one of two organisations awarded the “Ökoprofit” environment certificate on the evening of Wednesday, 10 February; the award was given in recognition of measures taken at the company’s head office in Münster.
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- From right: Lord Mayor Markus Lewe and Samir Khayat, department head at the North Rhine-Westphalia state ministry for climate protection, environment, agriculture, nature and consumer protection present the certificate for successful participation in the “Ökoprofit” climate protection project to AGRAVIS Energy Manager Christian Lux, Matthias Stanka, Head of Group Services, Energy Manager Carsten Schulze-Tenkhoff, trainee Sarah Vortkamp, Sustainability Manager Lina Sofie von Fricken, trainee Nicole Haves, Personnel Officer Julia Kehrt and trainee Tarik Gündogdu.
At a ceremony at the City Wine House in Münster, the project team, led by Christian Lux, Head of Energy Management at AGRAVIS, received the certificate from Lord Mayor Markus Lewe and Samir Khayat, department head at the North Rhine-Westphalia state ministry for climate protection, environment, agriculture, nature and consumer protection. A total of nine companies and organisations had taken part in Münster. The name Ökoprofit is short for “Ökologisches Projekt für integrierte Umwelttechnik”, or “ecology project for integrated environmental technology”. The project is run jointly by the local authority, local businesses and other regional and national partners.
Eight initiatives at the Münster HQ
AGRAVIS carried out a total of eight measures at its Münster headquarters. Led by Energy , Personnel and Sustainability managers, four teams of trainees developed ideas for an environment programme to be used as the basis for sustainable environment projects at other company locations. Measures include fitting timers to printers to calculate and reduce the equipment’s standby losses. Paper consumption has been reduced by increasing the use of digital meetings with colleagues via video conferencing at the approximately 400 sites belonging to the agricultural trade and service company and using recycled paper pads for internal memos. More stringent checking of the tyre pressure of company vehicles and setting up a company lift-sharing scheme have also helped reduce carbon dioxide emissions and conserve energy resources.
Highly effective multiplier
All eight measures together yield savings of 2.1 tonnes of rubbish, 86,000 kilowatts of power and 36.3 tonnes of carbon dioxide, equivalent in monetary terms to a saving of €22,000. “Our trainees developed a lot of innovative ideas as models for introduction at our other locations, and what’s more, they involved all 700 employees at the Münster site,” said Christian Lux, the project manager, of its multiplier effect.
“The company and its divisions have recognised the value of sustainability and take their responsibility in this area seriously. They find solutions and create profit from the measures taken,” said Lord Mayor Markus Lewe in his introduction. Samir Khayat of the NRW environment ministry emphasised that projects such as Ökoprofit contributed to sustainable competitiveness and said that every firm, whatever its size, could implement practical steps that would pay off immediately. His advice to the participants was: “Be proud of yourselves and stick at it!”
AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG environment certificates
- Sustainability reports published through the GRI
- Energy management system according to DIN EN ISO 50001:2011 in compound feed production
- Ökoprofit, Hanover headquarters 2010/11
- Ökoprofit AGRAVIS Technik Münsterland GmbH – Steinfurt plant 2014
- Ökoprofit AGRAVIS Technik Ahaus-Borken GmbH – Borken plant 2011