Environmental Prize 2016 awarded to Huber
Environmental Minister Franz Untersteller awarded the “Environmental Prize for Companies 2016” on 17 November 2016 in Stuttgart. Peter Huber Kältemaschinenbau AG from Offenburg received the award in the category of manufacturing companies. Huber is a pioneer in the development of environmentally friendly chillers and temperature control devices. Huber switched to CFC-free refrigeration machines at an early stage and has advanced the distribution of natural refrigerants such as CO2, propane and isobutane.
At the official event in Stuttgart, Environmental Minister Untersteller noted: “We distinguish firms which are courageous and exemplary on company environmental protection and sustainable management. It is remarkable how some companies are implementing the principle of sustainability within their business practices.”
Sustainability is also a core concern at Huber: 100% green electricity, its own photovoltaic system and an exemplary concept for building climate control through heat recovery and groundwater cooling are just a few of the environmental measures Huber has implemented. In addition, the company offers a bicycle leasing programme to its employees, it procures goods according to ecological guidelines and it obtains climate-neutral printing products.
Green ideas and successful business practices are not opposed but rather supplement one another. Untersteller went on to note that more and more companies are recognising the opportunities provided by sustainable management: “Those who reduce their energy and raw material consumption through environmental management strengthen their own competitiveness and future prospects. This practice also contributes to conserving our natural foundations for life.”
The Environmental Prize for Companies has been awarded since 1993. “The nominated and award-winning companies are role models. They demonstrate impressive entrepreneurial boldness along with ecological and social responsibility,” explained the Minister of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector. The 2016 Environmental Prize was awarded in the categories of Trade and Services, manufacturers, industrial enterprises with less than 250 employees and more than 250 employees. In addition, the jury prize “Corporate Responsibility – Regional Commitment” was awarded, and for the first time a special prize for non-profit organisations.
A jury composed of representatives from economic organisations, environmental and climate protection associations and ministries of the state decided the prize winners.