German Environmental Management Award

15. September 2021

@Frank Kehrmann

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German Environmental Management Award 2021

Applications are open from now until 15 September 2021.

For the first time, the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK), the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), the Association for Environmental and Sustainability Management (Verband für Nachhaltigkeits- und Umweltmanagement e. V. (VNU) and the German EMAS Advisory Board (UGA) jointly award the German Environmental Management Award in recognition of outstanding achievements in climate and environmental protection as well as in environmental communication.

Three categories - two winners each

Category 1: Best initiative for environmental protection

Awards are given for environmental protection and sustainability initiatives and projects that have already been implemented and evaluated within the framework of environmental management to improve the environmental performance of an organisation's processes, products or services - or across organisations.
Application form category 1: Best project for environmental protection (PDF, 361 KB)

Category 2: Best action for climate protection

In this category, all actions and projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to improve the climate balance of processes, products or services of an organisation can be submitted. Here, too, the initiatives should already have been implemented and evaluated; overarching activities and cooperations are possible.
Application form category 2: Best measure climate protection (PDF, 346 KB)

Category 3: Best EMAS environmental statement

Companies and organisations with an active EMAS registration are eligible to participate. We are looking for best practice examples of EMAS environmental statements that are characterised by a high quality and clarity of data and information. In addition to criteria such as completeness, comprehensibility and graphical design, the criteria also include how the declaration is used in the organisation's environmental communication.
Application Form Category 3: Best EMAS Environmental Statement (PDF, 283 KB)

The DIHK will receive the proposals

Companies and organisations that have a structured environmental management system (not only EMAS or ISO 14001) can apply by 15 September with actions that have been implemented at at least one location in Germany within the past three years.

The DIHK accepts the application forms linked above at and coordinates the selection process. A jury of experts will decide on the two winners per category.

Winners will be honoured in November

The award ceremony is scheduled for November 2021. Details will follow in the next few weeks.