13 companies were awarded for larger and smaller environmental projects as part of the Ökoprofit project
Environment and economics often harmonise well: The company Balluff in Neuhausen auf den Fildern invested EUR 35,500 in its heating system, saving EUR 37,000 in the first year. 13 companies, which like it, participated in the Ökoprofit Club in 2013/2014, have now been awarded certificates at the Old Townhall in Esslingen.
Who would so much as mention the term “local agenda” nowadays? While some ideas may be a thing of the past, others have proven to be continuing successes. The Ökoprofit project, initiated by the “Protect the Climate” agenda group in 2000 now has more than 80 businesses in the region that have implemented measures to lower their resource use and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by many tons.
“This allows you to benefit economically,” Town mayor Jürgen Zieger stressed when he handing over the certificates. In addition to the long-term members, others have rejoined the project or joined recently as new members. They have contributed much to realise the city and region’s climate strategy.
“Making a start is one thing”, said City Official Matthias Berg, “but sticking with it and turning something into a tradition, that’s something else.” This also relates to the competitiveness of companies. In relation to all our behaviour he had this to say: “No matter how good a system - it is still useless if you keep opening all the windows.”
Source: 2 August 2014
From: Nürtinger Zeitung / Wendlinger Zeitung
Online source: http://www.ntz.de
Author: PETER DIETRICH