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Environmental Protection in the Coatings Plant: ADLER Receives Ministry's EMAS Award

Published on 2008-10-14. Author : SpecialChem

Exemplary ecological commitment recorded in a sustainability report more than one hundred pages long: for this commitment, ADLER, the Schwaz-based family enterprise received the Austrian environment ministry's EMAS award at St. Pölten last Wednesday - incidentally, actually for the second time since 1996. "This Tyrolean coatings plant demonstrates that a chemicals production plant can also be operated to produce a considerably-reduced environmental impact", stressed Josef Plank, head of the district administration, deputizing for Minister Josef Pröll at the handover ceremony.

Hands-on environmental protection

Environmental protection has always been rated very highly at the ADLER plant. "The environmental declaration of March last year contains a comprehensive presentation of all the relevant environmental issues and describes a perceptibly invigorated environmental management system in which employee protection is also given a very prominent place" were the reasons the panel gave for deciding in ADLER's favour. Alongside four other Austrian company representatives, DI (FH) Christoph Ortner, the ADLER company's environmental protection and security officer had the honour of accepting the EMAS award from the hands of Landesrat Josef Plank, head of the Lower Austria district administration.

Exemplary projects

That the Tyrolean coatings plant really has deserved this praise is shown, once again, by its most recent projects. For instance, following an extension to the production plant's exhaust air catalytic incineration system, solvent emissions have been successfully reduced by about seven tonnes a major contribution to climate protection. The company's fleet of trucks is being gradually converted to low-pollutant Euro-5 vehicles. And, for the first time, consignments are now being shipped to the Vienna warehouse by rail as a trial measure. "We are aware of our ecological responsibilities and will continue to take brave action in favour of environmental protection", Ortner stressed.

Eco audit

EMAS is the abbreviation for "Eco-Management and Audit Scheme", also referred to as the "eco audit scheme", which is a voluntary instrument for sustainable development in industry and the administration. The key components of the environmental management system are the responsible use of resources and the environment, including the handling of human resources, enhanced legal certainty, and improvements in the company's organizational set-up.

Source: ADLER


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