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EMAS and Nordzucker – 20 years of successful environmental management



The European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme EMAS is turning 20. Nordzucker has long-standing history of sustainable business, and the company has been part of the scheme right from the start.  Back more than 20 years ago, the sugar producer started to systematically track the environmental impacts of sugar production and improve these on a continuous basis using the newly created Eco-Management and Audit Scheme EMAS. All of Nordzucker’s German plants have been EMAS-certified since 1995/1996. This means that Europe’s second-largest sugar producer has a unique selling proposition in the industry.

As part of the EMAS, environmental impacts are recorded using a standardised process and are audited annually. Each Nordzucker plant publishes an environmental report based on this data, providing transparent information about its environmental targets and programme.  This has been coupled with an active dialogue with authorities, neighbours, customers and the general public at plant sites for many years now. 

Dr Albrecht Schaper, who heads up Environment, Permits and Licences at Nordzucker, explained the importance of this system. “With the introduction of EMAS, we consciously and actively addressed the environmental impact of our activities at all our sites in Germany for the first time 20 years ago. This has led to a change of awareness for the topic environment in the plants, which determines our doing today.''

To celebrate this anniversary, Nordzucker is presenting its “20 years of EMAS” exhibition, which is touring Germany until the end of November. The key aim of this exhibition, which was devised by the German Ministry for the Environment, is to spread awareness of the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme EMAS.