Rainer Hundsdörfer receives B.A.U.M. Environmental Prize 2015

Rainer Hundsdörfer, Chairman of Board of Directors of the ebm-papst Group, is the winner of one of Germany's most prestigious ecological awards, the B.A.U.M. Environmental Prize 2015.

Rainer Hundsdörfer receives B.A.U.M. Environmental Prize 2015
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The explanatory memorandum states: "Energy efficiency is the focus of our holistic corporate strategy GreenTech, which includes the continuous improvement of products, production methods and buildings worldwide. It is important to Rainer Hundsdörfer that this strategy is continuously communicated and exemplified from "the top down" and that it is an integral part of the corporate culture."

"To protect our world for future generations, we must raise our awareness about climate protection and do more," explains Hundsdörfer. For this reason, the company includes young people in a number of environmental projects: For example in the "Energy Scouts" project, introduced by ebm-papst in 2010, trainees use measurement equipment to independently look for opportunities to make the company even more energy efficient. With over 50 energy scouts, ebm-papst has been able to save some one million euros since the inception of the project. The German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) adopted this successful project as a training program in 2014. To date, over 1,000 energy scouts have been trained at 33 chambers of commerce and industry.

As chairman of the German Commission "Energy Efficiency in the Economic Council", Hundsdörfer also advocates placing a focus not just on the energy production side, but increasingly on the consumer side as well: "The issue of energy efficiency continues to live in the shadows of German politics. We must bring it out into the light of energy politics! Without greater efficiency, it will not be possible to achieve the objective of Germany’s energy policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 by 40 percent and by 2050 by 80 percent compared to 1990."

The jury, led by B.A.U.M. Chairman Prof. Dr. Maximilian Gege, selected seven award recipients from numerous proposals for the B.A.U.M. environmental prize. "This was a difficult decision to make. I am pleased that in 2015 we were again able to award outstanding personalities who have distinguished themselves in their fields with their work on environmental protection and sustainability," explains Gege.

Rainer Hundsdörfer will be honored for his work in the large company category in Dortmund on 28/29 September. For more information visit http://www.baumev.de/

Hauke Hannig
ebm-papst group Press Spokesperson
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