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Wacker Chemie AG Receives 2015 Green-Fleet® Award for its Sustainable Fleet and Passenger Transport Strategy

Munich, Sep 21, 2015

In recognition of its integrated fleet and passenger transport strategy, Wacker Chemie AG has received the 2015 GreenFleet® Award at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt am Main. The jury was impressed by WACKER’s practical approach of minimizing passenger transportation and business trips, and its use of environmentally friendly vehicles to sustainably reduce harmful CO2 emissions. The German TÜV SÜD technical inspection authority bestows the GreenFleet® Award annually on companies with innovative mobility strategies and sustainable fleet management.

GreenFleet®-Award 2015
The Munich-based WACKER Group was commended for its sustainable approach to avoiding CO2 emissions: Markus Stumpp (left) und Arnd Martin (right) from FleetCompany presented this year’s GreenFleet® Award to WACKER. Rainer Schmidt (second from left) and Dieter Winklhofer from WACKER’s Technical Procurement & Logistics division accepted the award (photo: TÜV SÜD).

This is now the eighth time that FleetCompany GmbH, a TÜV SÜD subsidiary, has honored environmentally compatible corporate fleet and passenger transport strategies. The competition particularly takes into account CO2 savings, as well as the strategy’s overall potential, trailblazing character and innovative spirit. Dieter Winklhofer, responsible for fleet management at WACKER, accepted the GreenFleet® Award at the IAA in Frankfurt. “The award recognizes our continuous efforts to improve and be innovative, which extends to issues such as passenger transport and vehicle fleet,” said Winklhofer. “WACKER takes an integrated approach toward sustainability by trying to act in as environmentally friendly and responsible way as possible in all applicable areas.”

The jurors found that the strategy can serve as an example for other companies: for instance, employees have access to nearly 4,000 on-site bicycles at the Burghausen (Bavaria) and Nünchritz (Saxony) plants. And CO2-neutral shuttle buses with electric drives (0 g CO2) are used for site tours. The company is also working to reduce commute-related greenhouse emissions. For its Burghausen site, WACKER has been offering an extensive shuttle service for many years now that totals 50 lines and covers a radius of some 50 kilometers around the plant. Some 3,500 employees take advantage of this service every day.

The company bundles trips between its sites via a carpooling service and scheduled shuttle taxis. To minimize the number of business trips to the greatest possible degree, the company set up dedicated communication rooms for video conferences. For a year now, fleet management has also been testing electric vehicles and cars with an emissions class of A+ as company pool vehicles to continually reduce emissions during business trips. Employees can complete eco driver training to practice fuel-efficient driving. What’s more, the company ensures that the logistics providers it chooses, such as freight forwarders, take environmental protection into account.

About the GreenFleet® Award

FleetCompany GmbH, a TÜV SÜD subsidiary, uses its annual GreenFleet® Award to honor three companies for adopting a logistics strategy to achieve extraordinary results in reducing CO2 emissions. This year’s jury consisted of Dieter Brübach, (German Environmental Management Association; “B.A.U.M.”), Prof. Wolfgang Döhl (Department of Engineering and Management at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich), Prof. Reinhard Kolke (ADAC e.V.), Jürgen Merz (TÜV SÜD Akademie GmbH) and Arnd Martin (FleetCompany GmbH).

About WACKER

WACKER (www.wacker.com) is a globally active chemical group headquartered in Munich, Germany. In 2014, WACKER posted sales of around €4.83 billion with roughly 16,700 employees. WACKER’s operations are divided among the following business divisions: Siltronic, WACKER SILICONES, WACKER POLYMERS, WACKER POLYSILICON and WACKER BIOSOLUTIONS. Founded in 1914, WACKER operates 25 production sites worldwide, supplying over 3,200 products to more than 3,500 customers across the globe.

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