Already in the last three years, ebm-papst subsidiaries worldwide have been making their mark when it comes to environmental protection, sustainability, and efficiency. Here are just a few of the many green actions that a select four of the company’s global locations implemented in the fourth year.
At the beginning of June, three trainees from the Mulfingen location traveled across the pond to describe their work as energy scouts to their American colleagues while also providing three days of practical training on how to handle energy more efficiently. They presented their project to the German-American Chamber of Commerce AHK USA and were welcomed as guests by companies interested in their work. They also visited the Environmental Program at the United Nations in New York as well as a technical high school..
A photovoltaic system of 100 kW capacity at the plant in Chennai will supply part of the energy required by the Indian location. Rainer Hundsdörfer, Chairman of Board of Directors of the ebm-papst Group, traveled there to attend the official dedication of the new PV system, which includes solar cells on the roof and six solar inverters equipped with fans produced by ebm-papst. A computer monitors the entire plant in real time and provides information on its current output.
Employees committed to purchasing only products without plastic packaging for one week. This required them to consistently adjust their consumer habits. Instead of going to the supermarket around the corner, employees went to the weekly farmer’s market, straight to the farm or to organic food stores where employees were able to buy milk, chocolate, and vegetables without or in alternative packaging materials. With this action, the location boosted employee awareness of the negative consequences of our throw-away mentality on the environment and our health.
The team used Green Day as an opportunity to introduce sustainable food practices to the company cafeteria. Since April, the cafeteria has been making seasonal fruit as well as milk, tea, and coffee from organic farms available. The new selection of organic food helps to protect the environment, makes employees more aware of the benefits of organic food stores, and encourages them to think about their own consumer habits. On June 5, a vegetarian lunch was also served.