© F. Kermann / emas.de Environmental Management Award 2022 Trophy
Environmental Management Award 2022
After a successful start of the German Environmental Management Award last year, forerunners for environmental management and especially for EMAS users are again wanted. Austria and Germany jointly award the Environmental Management Award. Outstanding achievements in climate and environmental protection as well as in environmental communication will be honoured. Companies and organisations from Germany can apply in the joint category "Best EMAS Environmental Statement".
Best EMAS Environmental Statement" category
Validated information on the environmental performance of an organisation (environmental statement) forms the credible basis for communication with authorities, suppliers, investors, customers and the public. Excellent environmental statements are examples of best practice and serve as a model and source of ideas for environmental reporting. They also set an example of high quality and clarity of data and information in sustainability reporting. In addition to the quality of the environmental statement (e.g. completeness, comprehensibility, comprehensibility) and its graphic design, its use in the organisation's environmental communication is a criterion for evaluation.
At the conference and awards ceremony in Salzburg on 11 October 2022, a total of eleven companies were honoured for outstanding achievements in climate and environmental protection as well as in environmental reporting. Three German and three Austrian companies each convinced the jury in the category "Best Environmental Statement".
„Mit der Umweltmanagement"With the EMAS environmental management certification, we honour outstanding achievements by companies that integrate climate protection and environmental protection into their actions and business activities. The companies are committed to managing the climate and energy crisis and are making an important contribution to a climate-friendly future. I would like to express my sincere thanks to all award winners for their commitment," said Leonore Gewessler, Austria's Climate Protection Minister, in the advance of the conference.
"Forward-looking companies know their strengths and weaknesses in their own operations and in the supply chain. The environmental statements submitted for this year's application round show the valuable contribution that systematic and transparent environmental management can make to sustainable business and thus also to the fulfilment of future due diligence obligations," explained Stefan Tidow, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment of Germany (BMUV) in his video address and congratulated all the winners.
Twelve companies were nominated in the category "Best Environmental Statement". Of these the jury of experts selected three German and three Austrian companies.
The winners in the category "Best Environmental Statement"
Another six companies were also nominated for the environmental statement award, but were not among the finalists:
- Bau-Fritz GmbH & Co. KG
- UmweltBank AG, Nürnberg
- ZF Airbag Germany GmbH, Aschau a. Inn
- Adler Werk Lackfabrik Johann Berghofer GmbH & Co. KG, Schwaz
- MA 48 – Abfallwirtschaft, Straßenreinigung und Fuhrpark, Wien
- Pannonia Group, Gerasdorf
Short profiles of all award-winning companies are published in the conference publication of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Protection (BMK).
The organisers of this year's Environmental Management Award are the Federal Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMK Austria), and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV Germany) with the support of the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK), the German EMAS Advisory Board (UGA) and the Association for European Sustainability and Eco-Management Professionals (VNU) e.V.