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Sauber awarded for best environment management system

Sauber F1 team has now been awarded an environment management system. Yesterday team CEO Monisha Kaltenborn was presented with the ISO 14001 recognition.

The team began the development of their environment management system a little over a year ago with a comprehensive risk analysis and assessment. A set of organisational, technical and operational rules intended to ensure sustainable environmental protection was then put together with the participation of all employees.

“We are very pleased that our environment management system has been awarded certification. It confirms the high priority we attach to this issue,” explains CEO Monisha Kaltenborn.

Sauber’s environment policy sets out the following principles and guidelines governing its commitment to environmental protection:

* Make the environment a management focus.
* Involve all employees in the process and ensure they have the necessary training.
* Reduce energy consumption and use renewable energy sources in place of fossil fuels.
* Reduce material consumption and ensure consistent recycling of waste materials.
* Use third-party projects to transfer knowledge into ecological mobility concepts.
* Incorporate suppliers and customers into the company’s environmental activities.
* Maximise transparency towards employees, authorities and partners (inventory, targets, evaluation).

As well as the development and certification of the environment management system, the implementation of the company’s environment policy has also prepared the ground for other projects, such as the construction and activation of a “solar park” at Sauber headquarters in Hinwil, in co-operation with its partner Oerlikon. Generation of solar energy is scheduled to begin as early as this summer.

The following targets have also been set for 2012:

* Reduce and neutralise/offset all the greenhouse gases produced by the company.
* Significantly reduce electricity consumption.
* Improve freight-related environmental performance. Part of the team’s circuit infrastructure is now transported by sea (rather than air).

“At the end of 2010 we adopted, for the first time, a systematic approach to environmental protection by drawing up an environment policy,” continues Monisha Kaltenborn. It is clear to see that the burden on our environment has become a key challenge for our society. By implementing our environment policy we are aiming to face up to this challenge and fulfil our ecological responsibility.”

Sauber can look back on a long tradition of protecting the environment. For 20 years now the team has been using district heating from a nearby incineration plant to heat its main building and, since 2004, the wind tunnel as well. Around 50 per cent of the electricity used by the team is provided by renewable resources (hydro-electric power).

As Kaltenborn explains: “While individual measures such as the use of district heating, the solar park project and the partial switch to sea freight play a significant and immediately obvious role, a combination of numerous other smaller adjustments also allows us to make notable advances. Involving everybody at the company in this process has been important – and we have enjoyed the fruits of that approach.”


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