Umwelt- und Nachhaltigkeitsmanagertag 2020

26. March 2020 in ZOOM-Meeting, Beginn: 13:00

Due to the corona situation we received more and more cancellations, especially due to travel restrictions, so that VNU decided to perform our first virtual event (zoom meeting). For you this is a chance to attend the lectures without risk and without travel expenses and to ask your questions in a chat - we would be pleased if you take advantage of this offer.

Trends and tools for sustainable corporate development

This is the tried and tested motto of the Environmental and Sustainability Manager Day, to which we cordially invite you on 26 March 2020 at the IHK Frankfurt am Main. After the internal general assembly of the association in the morning, an exciting programme awaits you from 13:00 hrs.

At the beginning we are looking forward to the presentation of the author Prof. Dr. Ch. Holler, who researched the topic of renewable energies together with Prof. Dr. Gaukel and published it in a book. Subsequently, we will discuss in a dialogue (Fraport AG / KlimAkitv gGmbH) how the highly hot topic of climate protection can be integrated into an EU environmental management system (EMAS).

What role do environmental protection and human rights play in the supply chain and what role can an environmental management system play in this? The Federal Environment Agency has initiated a study and will report on the results.

Finally, another up-to-date topic must not be missing from our programme. We will hold a panel discussion on the future of plastics as a resource with representatives from companies, research and associations.


13:00 h Welcome
Luise Riedel, IHK Frankfurt / Main
Lennart Schleicher, President of VNU e. V.

13:15 h Lecture
Erneuerbare Energien - ohne heiße Luft

Prof. Dr. Christian Holler, Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften 

14:00 h Dialogue
Klimaschutz mit EMAS gestalten
Dr. Patrick Neumann-Opitz, Fraport AG
Stephan Schunkert, KlimAktiv gGmbH

14:45 h Break

15:15 h Lecture
Umweltschutz und Menschenrechte in der Lieferkette -

aktuelle Entwicklungen und Rolle des Umweltmanagements
Christoph Töpfer, Umweltbundesamt

16:00 h - Panel Discussion
Die Ressource Plastik(-Verpackungen)
Einführung und Moderation: Bettina Heimer, Vorstand des VNU e. V.

Timothy Glaz, Werner & Mertz GmbH
Mara Hancker, IK Industrievereinigung Kunstoffverpackungen
Dr. Stephan Kabasci, Fraunhofer UMSICHT
Dr. Georg F. Mehlhart, Öko-Institut e.V.


17.30 h dinner speech

All are in favour of climate protection. But nobody wants to limit themselves. Ecoroutine wants to change the situation by setting standards and limits. Our guest speaker Dr. Michael Kopatz says: "Enough moral appeals! Strategic consumption is a myth. It is easier to improve the conditions in the stable than consumer behaviour. Zero-emission cars could become the standard for new registrations by 2030. Zero-energy houses will soon be the norm. This way, eco becomes routine. Many examples show: The concept is already working in practice."

Learn more about the topic "Ending the ecomoral. How we can save the planet without thinking about it all the time" by Dr. Michael Kopatz, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy gGmbH, in his lecture from 17:30 h in the evening programme.

You ask your questions during the presentation in a chat, which are then put to Dr. Kopatz by the moderator after the presentation.


We are pleased about your interest in our event and ask you to send the Registration Form for your participation to the VNU office (

Members of the VNU are entitled to a discount on this event.

Membership is possible as an individual or for companies. Both forms of membership can be tested in the form of a trial membership over 12 months with all the benefits and services of the association. New members benefit immediately from the reduced participation fees.

 Registration Form

Information about the use of ZOOM in VNU you'll find here: VNU Information [ German ]