Roth Werke receives national environmental award - Family company promotes climate-conscious production, setting an example for others


For their environmentally-friendly production, Roth Werke won the national award for "EMAS-Umweltmanagement 2018" [environmental management]. As part of the conference "Sustainable Commerce planning for 2030" in Berlin, Florian Pronold, the Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Ministry of the Environment, recognised companies for their contribution towards protecting the environment.

Roth impressed the jury in the category of "Large Companies" by succeeding in significantly reducing CO2 emissions at its locations in Buchenau and Wolfgruben. State Secretary Florian Pronold praised the manufacturer's environmental strategy. "This award is a major recognition of our achievements on the road to environmentally neutral production", said Hartmut Gojdka, the company's environment management officer.
Roth is working towards environmentally-friendly production at both Roth locations in Buchenau and Wolfgruben: Between 2008 and 2017 for instance, the company reduced its absolute CO2 emissions by around 65 percent. Furthermore, Roth Werke procures green electricity instead of conventional power, gains back waste heat from production and is designing production processes to be more energy efficient using new machines.

Responsible use of resources
The plastics processor Roth Plastic Technology in Wolfgruben is the first Roth company to achieve environmentally neutral production as of 2017. The company compensates for unavoidable emissions using the compensation fund Klima-Kollekte, which supports climate protection initiatives in developing countries. "For us as a family company, responsible use of resources plays a large role", Roth's Managing Director Christin Roth-Jäger emphasised. The company was defining new goals for itself even before the award ceremony: Two electric cars were procured in 2018 to reinforce the vehicle fleet for regional business travel. Starting in 2018, business mail is now sent using climate-friendly methods. The greenhouse gases generated during shipment are neutralised by a contribution to climate protection projects. Hartmut Gojdka emphasised: "The world climate conference held in Katowice until 14 December 2018 demonstrates how necessary it is to set and pursue climate goals in order to curb global warming. This places particular demands on the economy."

With the EMAS Award, the Federal Ministry of the Environment and the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce recognise companies that make a particular contribution towards environmental protection. The jury focuses on how well companies improve their environmental performance. Every year involves new objectives that are reviewed by an external assessor. Companies can only apply for the competition if they bear the EMAS environmental seal, meaning that they voluntarily follow significantly stricter environmental regulations that go above and beyond the statutory requirements.

[Photo: BMU/Sascha Hilgers]