After VIAOPTIC GmbH had already implemented an environmental management system in accordance with EMAS in 2015, the company was also certified in accordance with the internationally valid environmental standard DIN EN ISO 14001 a year later. This standard specifies the requirements for an environmental management system with which organizations can improve their environmental performance, fulfill legal obligations and achieve their own environmental goals.
On 18 June 2019, the successful recertification audit took place in Wetzlar; at the same time, the updated environmental statement according to EMAS was presented.
As part of the audit, the company demonstrated the independent environmental verifier the measures taken to achieve continuous improvement in environmental performance. For example, by investing in new injection molding machines, the pump control was significantly optimized, resulting in energy savings of 20 percent. An investment in the optimization of the compressed air system has an even better effect: 27 percent electricity could be saved by installing a new compressor with a controlled electric motor.
But also the waste management concept, which has been effective since 2017, shows a positive effect: Due to the disciplined waste separation behavior of the employees, a separate collection rate of nearly 90 percent was achieved in 2018. Compared to 2017, the amount of the residual waste thus has been decreased by 300 percent.
“We work daily on reducing the environmental impacts from our company and our products. To be successful, the contribution of the employees is most important. The responsible and active participation of our team makes us proud,” say Bernhard Willnauer and Uwe Bommersheim, Managing Directors of VIAOPTIC.
The new certificate is valid until July 2022. In combination with the environmental statement it transparently shows the environment-oriented corporate culture of VIAOPTIC GmbH to its employees, customers, business partners and the public.