• Succulents to win

    Environment protection in Middle Kingdom

    2015-07-02 |

    At ebm-papst China, staff was asked to submit proposals on what to do for the GreenDay campaign. In addition, a competition was run to take part in a beauty pageant to find the most gorgeous looking succulent.

    Equal opportunities: Our colleagues in China pooled ideas for this year’s GreenDay campaigns. The only criterion was that the proposed action had to reflect the environmental scheme of ebm-papst. Those colleagues whose ideas were put into practice were awarded a prize. Proposals included organizing a jumble sale or a recycling campaign, or combining a kite-flying event with collecting waste left behind by others.

    On top of this, staff had the chance to “adopt” a succulent, a water-storing plant, and to enter a “succulent beauty pageant”. This is how it worked: Having read the GreenDay post on “succulent adoption in the ebm-papst WeChat profile, a photo had to be submitted showing the applicant actively engaging in environmental-friendly activities. This then was your golden chance of winning one of 50 succulents and to take good care of them so they had a chance to win the pageant.

    This adoption campaign was posted by ebm-papst China on WeChat, a news app for smartphones, as well as on Weibo, the largest Chinese microblogging service. WeChat received 120 entries, Weibo 170 and BBS (Baidu post bar for succulents) received 130 – totaling 420 registrations. 80 of them – 50 from ebm-papst colleagues and 30 from external participants – were chosen to adopt a succulent. The lucky winners now simply have to plant and grow their succulents and get them ready for the final contest. Whether planted in the office or at home, the succulents will need to be given a lot of time and energy from their new owners to grow into gorgeous green beauties.

  • Water dispensers

    Say NO to bottled water in the office

    2013-06-21 | Do you drink bottled water a lot? You like its convenience? Well, think again… is it really necessary to drink bottled water in the office? We here at ebm-papst China don’t think so. Here is why: The plastic bottles are not so friendly to the environment. Let’s have a look at some of our actions here at ebm-papst China.

    On every floor in our company, you can find water barrels and you can help yourself to water at any time. We really have a large number of staff and our workers clean the water machines regularly, which guarantees that our drinking water is always hygienically clean. Compared to bottled water, less plastic rubbish is produced and this also helps to reduce CO2 emission, as the figures below show.

    The capacity of every water barrel is five gallons, and normally the capacity of one water bottle is 380 ml, which means you need about 50 bottles to hold those five gallons of water. To produce a single one-way bottle, 14.44 g plastic is used. In contrast, the barrel can be used time and again, so 722 g plastic can be saved by barrel water. Every month, about 760 barrels of water are used, which translates into 548.72 kg plastic being saved, and each year 6,584.64 kg plastic can thus be saved. Doing so, we save 20.61 tons in CO2 emission each year.* This means a daily saving of about 56.47 kg.

    *While producing one ton plastic, 3.13 ton CO2 will be discharged. Source: Baidu

  • Energy saving

    Lights out

    2013-06-06 | Turning off the lights and air-conditioners for one hour is how we marked the World Environment Day.

    The Earth Hour initiated by the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) is well known and respected all over the world. Not wasting electricity unnecessarily is a good way to prevent climate warming and to reduce CO2 emission. When natural light is not bright enough, we should turn on our office lights. When office air is stale, damp or too hot, we should turn on the air-conditioners. But some colleagues got into the habit off turning on the lights and air-conditioners as soon as they walk into the office, which is not eco-friendly at all.

    To pay tribute to the World Environment Day and to alert all staff to the importance of saving electricity, a “turn off the lights and air-conditioners for one hour” campaign was carried out at ebm-papst China. Naturally, in order not to affect production and routine work, this campaign is limited to the office area.

    There are 740 office lights at ebm-papst China. Each light needs 60W an hour, and so there 44.4 kW will be saved by turning off the lights. There are also 50 office air-conditioners at ebm-papst China. Each air-conditioner needs 2,300 W in input power, and so 115 kW will be saved in electricity. In total, this campaign saves us 159.4 kW. As our electricity is generated in thermal power stations, 139 kg CO2 emission will be saved.*


    *For generating one kWh of electricity in China, 0.35 kg standard coal is consumed, and so 0.872 kg CO2 is emitted. Source: Baidu

  • Company shuttle buses

    Taking the bus is smarter

    2013-06-05 | In China, shuttle busses bring our employees to work. That saves a lot of unnecessary emissions.

    When ebm-papst China was established in Shanghai, with an eye to convenience of manufacturing and logistics, the locations of ebm-papst China’s offices were chosen in Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone and Nanhui Industry Garden. Both sites are quite far away from downtown Shanghai and from where our staff lives, so we set up three shuttle busses in Waigaoqiao and four shuttle buses in Nanhui, picking up staff and getting them to our company. These shuttle busses have proved to be immensely convenient, with our staff happy to leave their cars at home. Parked, they neither waste petrol nor emit CO2 which greatly contributes to the protection of our environment.

    Statistically, 138 of our ebm-papst China staff take the shuttle busses every workday. Based on the distance covered and the fuel consumption of the shuttle busses (35 L/100 km), the total CO2 emission of these seven shuttle busses is 125.8 kg per day.* If all 138 of staff drove their own cars to get to work (and assuming that the fuel consumption of one car is 8 L/100 km), the total CO2 emission would be 521.5 kg, which means that with the shuttle busses, 395.7 kg in CO2 emission can be saved per day.

    *CO2 emission = oil consumption of the vehicle * path length * 0.785; Source: Baidu

  • Review 2012

    GreenDay reminds us how important environmental protection is

    2012-09-24 | “With the rapid development in China, environmental pollution is an ever-greater problem for us. ‘Every Day is a GreenDay’ reminds us how important environmental protection is with an assortment of promotions. For example, one of our marketing colleagues sent us some useful environmental tips and recycling collection points were set up in our office.

    Fanny Xie

    Fanny Xie

    As an employee in the Finance Department, it was very interesting for me personally to learn more about our company’s products and technology through our sales director’s presentation. Of course, winning our ‘green desk’ competition helped brighten up my day. I had removed unnecessary paper from my desk and decorated it with plants to win. This makes it look better and it’s healthy for myself and others!”

    Fanny Xie
    ebm-papst China

    Other Events of the Subsidiary:

    • Tips for protecting the environment
    • Sort the garbage and put different bins in every office
    • „Decorate your Desk“ Event & competition
    • Presentation of energy saving ebm-papst EC-Products
    • GreenFacts of ebm-papst China are published



ebm-papst Ventilator (Shanghai) Co., Ltd
Iris Ren
No. 418, Huajing Road
WaiGaoQiao Free Trade Zone
200131 Shanghai

GreenDay Projects

  • Shuttle bus to save energy and reduce CO2 emission
  • Press release regarding the ebm-papst China energy label
  • Press release regarding an energy-saving project
  • Turning off air conditioners & lights for 1 hour
  • Using the water dispenser rather than bottled water to reduce waste

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