• Protecting the environment and helping Kids suffering from cancer

    2016-07-13 | About a year ago, the ebm-papst Austria team started to collect old and empty printer cartridges in a special recycling box.

    Yet, recycling printer cartridiges is not only important for companies like ebm-papst, since nearly every household has a Computer with a printer. Currently, 70 % of the empty cartridges are thrown into the regular household trash, although it could be recycled.

    Thus, our colleagues from Austria decided to start this recycling project at their site. At the same time, with this recycling project the team supports the „Recyclingproject zu Gunsten der österreichischen Krebshilfe“ and especially children in their battle against cancer.

    You are interested? Find out more at:

    www.sozialprojekt.at

     

     

  • Encourage kids and young teenagers to engage in sports

    Kids on Ice

    2016-04-27 | For the 2016 GreenDay, ebm-papst Austria has planned three different projects. The first project will try to encourage kids and young teenagers to engage in sports and live a healthy life, since children’s lives today are often characterized by lack of exercise, motion, or outdoors activities. As part of this event, ebm-papst Austria organized a try-out training session with the Linz Junior Wings, a youth ice hockey team, for one school class of a “Volksschule” in Linz. Thereby, the company seeks to teach these kids an athletic way of life in combination with fun, sportsmanship, team spirit, ambition, and balance to their daily routines.

    The second project will also be a social project. This time, however, the ebm-papst employees are asked to become active. All employees are supposed to participate in one day of active duty emergency medical service for the Austrian Red Cross. Additionally, the ebm-papst Austria team members are supposed to refresh their first-aid-training, donate blood, and join paramedics in their ambulances for one day. Lastly, one of the ebm-papst employees, who is a volunteer paramedic for the Austrian Red Cross, will give a short lecture for his/her colleagues.

    The third project will be a seminar in which all ebm-papst Austria employees will be trained and educated about the Austrian subsidiary’s most important sector, drive engineering, as well as its highly important partnership with Zeitlauf.

    Hence, the goal of this seminar is to give a detailed overview over the structure, principle of function of innovative HighTech-drive motors, as well as to impart basic knowledge in the field of industrial drive engineering.

  • Animation for more movement

    Campaign: We do meters

    2015-09-15 | Our colleagues in Upper Austria covered as much meters on foot during their work and leisure time as possible. This piqued  their interest for more movement and their own health.

    Campaign: We do meters

    In cooperation with the Upper Austrian Economic Chamber and the Department of Economics of the State of Upper Austria, all companies in Upper Austria were invited and challenged to do and collect as many healthy and sustainable meters as possible.

    We took up this challenge to show that our company is sustainable and has an active and energetic staff.

    Which meters counted? All those meters our staff covered in the company and in their spare time (e.g. walking or riding the bike to and from work, using the stairs instead of taking the lift, going hiking – all those sports where your own muscles are used for doing meters).

    Collecting meters – and how it worked: For collecting their meters, each participant was told you use their own meter list.

    Registration for the challenge: At the end of the competition period, the total amount of meters covered by all our staff was entered and analyzed on the homepage of the State of Upper Austria.

    Premiere for ebm-papst: The team from ebm-papst Linz covered a huge number of meters in the months of May and June 2015 – walking, riding their bikes and doing other sports. To help in keeping track, pedometers had been organized before, and every meter was entered in their own booklet.

    Business race Linz

    Business race Linz

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    Summary: Twice a week, our colleagues met after work to go running or biking, covering huge distances by doing so. The official challenge inspired the entire team to get moving even more, and so the campaign had a very positive impact on their health, benefitting their professional and private life.

    At the end of the campaign, three companies in Upper Austria were awarded prizes. Though we did not win this competition as such, we still enjoyed this healthy campaign and feel lucky winners as it certainly boosted our health.

     

     

  • Hitting the wall

    One week without plastics

    2015-07-01 | The first shopping without using any plastic was not at all easy and our experiment definitely had its teething problems.

    In the supermarket, the colleagues suddenly realized they had only limited options and were not able to fill their shopping carts with their usual products. Normally, we all shop for those products we like. But, for a whole week, the Austrian colleagues had only one argument to base their purchasing decision on: no plastic packaging. An exciting challenge!

    For their next shopping trip, this meant taking along a basket and some jars, tins and fabric bags for cheese and fruit. At the wholesalers, fruit and vegetable could also easily be bought without plastic wrapping. However, organically grown vegetables were often shrink-wrapped, so this was a problem. Dairy products, meat, sweets and toiletries without any plastic packaging were difficult to find. It didn’t take long for everyone to realize: Old shopping habits had to be abandoned.

    Workshop resume by ebm-papst staff
    At the supermarket, almost everything is wrapped in some sort of plastic nowadays. The reasons shoppers are given go from hygiene directives to better to transport and longer to keep. Consequently, the ebm-papst staff had to actually hunt for items without plastic wrapping, which took considerably longer at the start of the experiment, compared to their normal shopping routine.

    Workshop result
    Shopping must be planned better and more effectively. So the team decided to completely overhaul their shopping tactics and to try weekly and organic markets or shop directly on the farm. The conclusion this time: No plastic waste was produced and the switch was far easier to accomplish than first thought.

    Lessons learnt
    Fruit and vegetable are often a lot cheaper at regional farmers markets or weekly markets than from the organic shop around the corner. In Linz, for instance, there is the Südbahnhof market, open all week and offering a wide range of fruit and vegetable. As a special service for stressed-put people, our colleagues discovered the vegetable box scheme run by an organic farm in Eferding, about half an hour’s drive from Linz), which sees them deliver fruit and vegetable directly to their homes and collecting the empty box when delivering the next box with fresh fruit and vegetables.

    Statements

    • Bernhard Fischer: „It was a rough start, but you soon enjoy seeing how much less waste is produced all of a sudden. I now get milk and yoghurt at the organic market in deposit bottles and jars, and with meat and cheese I have found the farmer shops, market stalls and smaller shops to be amazingly flexible. You can relatively easily get vegetables, fruit, cereals and pulses without plastic wrapping there.“

    • Bettina Türk: „Just take your good old fabric bag and buy at the bakers round the corner instead of getting your plastic-wrapped bread for toasting from the supermarket. Get into your gardens and start growing your own vegetables, just like I do. Buy your milk and yoghurt in a glass bottle or jar and no longer in plastic cups. At the checkout counter, go for the paper bag instead of the plastic bag. Changing your ways is, I admit, not easy, but it can be done!“

    • Andrea Noatnick: „You quickly realize how difficult it is to go without plastic the minute you look around your own flat. This plastic trash is everywhere!  Raising awareness of how easily plastics have invaded all aspects of our lives and showing alternatives to this was, I think, the main goal of our one week without plastic.“

    • Alexandra Nodes: „The first thing I did was to get myself a glass bottle and to fill it up in the office every day. It really doesn’t make much sense to take a new bottle every day and throw it away once it is empty. I did not only avoid a lot of plastic waste, I have also saved quite a lot of money.“

    • Rudolf Ehrentraut: „Some of the vegetables I would have liked to buy were simply not to be had without plastic wrapping. As for apples, I just picked a sort which was offered loosely. However, when shopping for detergent, I found that liquid detergent is only sold in bottles. So I went for the washing powder sold in the cardboard box – for the first time in my life! Without the experiment, I might not have bought or even come to know some of the products I now use.“

    • Astrid Littek: „I found toothpaste, shower gel and shampoo without any plastic at all in my local independent health food store. Some can also be found at the weekly market in my village. What I learnt from the project is that the future is in our hands, and I aim to pass this knowledge on to my children as well.“

    • Jelena Kajtez: „I am glad the challenge only lasted a week and we are now able to enjoy our favorite chocolates and sweets again. But I have learnt a lot from this week and was shocked to see how much waste is produced unnecessarily and how much can be avoided by informed choices. I shall certainly apply this insight to my shopping in future.“

    Conclusion
    Christina Krupp: „It takes about 120 years for plastic to rot or decompose – when you think of this, isn’t it terrible? Our idea of going without plastic was focused on things: food and drink. And here, we saw that a lot of plastic waste could actually be avoided – and this in just one week. However, when it comes to personal hygiene, for instance, changing the ways you shop is a lot more difficult. Nonetheless, we can all drastically reduce the amount of plastic waste we produce by simply not buying things we don’t really need. When you think about it, there are quite a lot of things that you don’t actually and really need. Going without unnecessary items goes a long way towards protecting our environment and helping us not to be too wasteful. We shouldn’t forget that Earth is a valuable planet we should take care to protect.“

    Tips for reducing plastic waste

    • Buy yoghurt by the jar
    • Ask for sausages and cheese to be cut into your own tin at the counter
    • Buy rice and pasta packaged in cardboard boxes
    • Use shopping baskets or textile bags instead of plastic bags
    • Buy beverages in glass bottles
    • Buy your bread directly at the baker’s and slice and freeze it yourself, if less is needed
    • Wrap loose fruit and vegetables in a separate textile bag
    • Grow your own vegetables and herbs in your garden
  • From plastic break to meter campaign

    Small things with great impact

    2015-05-18 | By means of a self-attempt, social commitment and a training course for vocational school students, ebm-papst Austria especially wants to strengthen the awareness for environment protection during the GreenDay week.

    Campaign 1

    Self-test – Going 1 week without plastics:

    Plastic is convenient, colorful and cheap – and out of control. This is why ebm-papst Austria wants to highlight plastic pollution of our environment and makes it the focus of a self-test campaign. Our colleagues want to motivate everybody to change their throwaway attitude in order to make sure oceans and countryside are not polluted any longer. The aim of the campaign is to promote and raise awareness and to make people do their bit to fight plastic pollution. 

    Project plan:

    Our Austrian ebm-papst team kicks off their experiment on 5 June 2015. During the entire week, the challenge is on to try and buy products without plastic and to produce as little waste as possible.

    • Workshop
    • Finding out how to avoid and reduce waste
    • Waste collection day
    • Summary and documentation on company homepage
    • External communicating on the plastic challenge

    Campaign 2

    Social project = Recycling project:

    Cancer can strike children, too, and once diagnosed, the lives of the little patients and their families are never quite the same again. This is why our staff at ebm-papst Austria has decided to lend their support to these children and their families.

    Project plan:

    Each month, we produce quite a lot of empty ink-jet and toner cartridges at our subsidiary in Austria. It is a little known fact that such an empty cartridge still contains valuable materials, such as the ceramic drum and the expensive electronics – all parts of which can be recycled. Therefore, we collect all old and empty toner and ink-jet cartridges in special boxes and send them to a collection center. Now, part of the revenues will be donated to children suffering from cancer. To generate even more donations, ebm-papst Austria is going to approach their customers and the companies in their vicinity to inform them of this social project and ask them to lend their active support as well.

    Campaign 3

    Fan training for vocational school students:

    Our ebm-papst team in Austria is going to welcome students from a vocational school specializing in installation and building technology, isolation mechanics and constructive design to spend time at the subsidiary. In the comprehensive training, the young students will learn about the theoretical basics and gain a practical understanding of the different designs used in drive engineering and fan design and how to apply them efficiently.

    Project plan:

    • Tour of the showroom introducing agenda, product range and innovations
    • Presentation: Energy-efficiency – holistic approach in drive engineering
    • Presentation: Know-How and constant advancement of our fans
    • Guided tour of warehouse and look at applications

    Meter

    Campaign 4

    Going the extra mile:

    In cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce of Upper Austria and the Department of Economic Affairs of Upper Austria, an initiative has been kicked off to make all companies in Upper Austria join together in going the extra mile to promote a healthy lifestyle among their staff.

    Taking up this challenge, our staff at ebm-papst Austria will get going, too.

    Project plan:

    Every single “healthy” meter counts, whether at work or during leisure – walking or cycling to work, using the stairs instead of lounging about in the lift, or hiking and backpacking. All the meters and miles are entered in a list. At the end of the challenge, i.e. between 29 Jun and 3 July 2015, the sum total will then be entered in the separate “meter form” provided by the government of Upper Austria. The companies having the highest number of meters translated into number of employees will be honored at an award presentation ceremony.

  • Homemade apricot preserve

    Sweet apricot preserve!

    2014-11-11 | Homemade is still the best, especially when it comes to the most iconic of Austrian dishes, the sweet apricot preserve. And so our colleagues from ebm-papst Austria went on a trip to the Wachau region and its famous apricot trees. Having harvested baskets full of the sweet fruit on their sunny day out, our colleagues then cleaned, halved and cored the fresh apricots and turned them all into deliciously sweet preserve.

    The glasses of homemade apricot preserve were then sold for a small nominal donation. ebm-papst Austria then brought the sum up to the round figure of 700 Euros which was donated to charity.

  • Growing and enjoying fresh herbs

    Tips for growing herbs and making them thrive

    2014-09-24 | Fresh herbs add something special to every meal. These tips from ebm-papst Austria will help you grow herbs and make them thrive.

    Tip 1: Watering according to need

    Mediterranean herbs such as rosemary, oregano or thyme get along quite well in dry weather, so you only have to water them every now and then. Herbs with large and soft leaves, however, such as basil, parsley and chive, evaporate a lot more on a hot summer day and will gratefully welcome being watered well. If possible, always use soft rain water or tap water which has been standing for some time so any lime had a chance to set.

    Tip 2: Harvesting frequently – better growth

    The more you harvest them, the better your kitchen herbs will develop and grow. With rosemary and thyme, you can cut off whole twigs, whereas you only use the top shoots with basil and parsley, making sure never to rip off single leaves from the sides. Going for the top shoots allows the plants to grow out more. As a rule of thumb, harvest your herbs frequently to stimulate their growth.

    Tip 3: Using fresh herbs in your kitchen

    Once you have harvested the herbs, you should use them as quickly as possible as their essential oils are relatively volatile and so the flavoursome herbs lose their aroma fairly quickly. When using herbs, remember to add them not too soon and let them get not too hot so they can still add flavour to the dish.

    Tip 4: Drying or freezing

    Fresh chives, estragon, parsley, dill, chervil and coriander can be chopped, portioned and put in ice cube containers. Add water and put them in the freezer compartment of your fridge. They can then be used just like fresh herbs. Alternatively, you can also dry your herbs – allow two weeks for the process. Once thoroughly dried, put them in glass jars. Protected from the sun, your herbs will keep for about six months. Some other herbs such as laurel, fennel, rosemary or thyme can be dried in bushels hanging upside down. Make sure to place them in an airy, dry place for doing so. Once the leaves rustle, the herbs are dry and can be stored in glass jars or airtight containers as well.

    Tip 5: Storing herbs in oil, pesto or salt

    Another alternative for making herbs last is to use them for making fresh pesto, flavoured oil or herbal salt. Freshly made pesto will keep for some weeks in the fridge in airtight container or glass jar. Flavoured oil as well, but you have to leave it in a dark room for two weeks so it can develop its full aroma. Kept in vinegar or oil, herbs can be stored almost indefinitely as long as they are put in a cool and dark place and the ingredients are of perfect quality. Salt enriched with herbs can be easily made and keeps for some weeks as well.

  • Asparagus menu

    GreenDay Menu of their own

    2014-06-10 | Buying seasonally and regionally gets you fresh products and you save on transportation – this idea prompted staff at our Austrian subsidiary to come up with their own seasonal asparagus menu. Christina Krupp, Marketing Manager at ebm-papst Austria, shares their story:

    “Preparations for our cooking session started very early that day. Two colleagues went to a local farm and picked and cut five kilos of fresh asparagus all by themselves before shopping for the other ingredients at an organic shop on their way to the office. After work that day, our cooking session for the entire team began. In small groups, they cleaned, cut, diced and sliced, cooked, stirred, mixed, wrapped and decorated. After all, the 3-course menu consisted of:

    • Creamed asparagus soup with French bread
    • Asparagus wraps with green salad and balsamic salsa
    • Chili-strawberry-asparagus mix in glass

    Thankfully, the menu lived up to our expectations and tasted simply great, making the evening spent together a wonderful experience for all. And we also realised once again that shopping for regional products is not only a great way of supporting your local producers, it also lets you enjoy fresher, tastier and healthier meals. And by buying seasonally, you and your taste buds simply get to know and experience a lot more new ingredients –fresh summer strawberries from your local farmer, for instance, are so delicious! You try it.“

  • Energy Management Day

    Time to rethink

    2013-07-04 | Every single one of us can save a lot of electricity, water and heat in everyday life. This simple fact was the starting point for our second Energy Management Day on 5 June 2013. The event aimed at consolidating and reinforcing the concept of saving precious resources in everything we do.

    In his compelling presentation, project engineer Michael Grasböck started with the simple question “Why GreenTech?” and then went on to shed light on the ebm-papst philosophy behind it, easily making his audience follow his line of argument. He then presented the team with up-to-date facts and results on the various saving potentials they could make use of in everyday life.

    One interesting question was: “Which sector in a household is the biggest consumer of energy?” Is the fridge the biggest energy guzzler, or the lighting, or is it the stand-by mode of our electrical equipment? Much to the surprise of the whole team, the biggest energy guzzler is not found in the flat itself but downstairs in the cellar: an outdated and outmoded heating system.

    At 62%, heating costs constitute the biggest share in additional costs. This amazing piece of information led to animated rounds of discussion. One thing became perfectly clear: You hold the key to improving your energy balance. Going for a professional modernisation of your heating system is a sure way to save energy, and the investment quickly pays off.

    So, small changes can have a big impact. Managing Director Bernhard Fischer thinks it is important to make all members of staff understand the CO2 problem better: “Together, we’ll do all we can to strengthen environmental awareness in all areas of life in order to reduce CO2 emissions as quickly as possible.”

  • Orchard

    A garden filled with snacks & sweets

    2013-06-10 | Planting a tree is something very, very special. Not only we as grown ups think so, children also find it absolutely fascinating and thrilling. Getting their hands into wet soil, watching the tree grow and then, one day, picking its fruit and enjoying the sweet taste of gardening success is an unrivalled sensation.

    And there is no better way of bringing home the idea of sustainability. As this is an integral part of their corporate philosophy, ebm-papst wanted to make a growing contribution to the “gardening with children” drive to boost the children’s interest in nature. On Tuesday, 28 May 2013, 45 children from the Pfarrcaritas Kindergarten Hölderlin in Linz/Austria , all armed with shovels and rakes, stormed into their garden and enthusiastically planted trees and shrubs, all promising to yield scrumptious fruit in future.

    In keeping with our GreenTech philosophy, only regional fruit, such as apples, pears, redcurrants, raspberries, blackberries, gooseberries and strawberries had been chosen. Each child picked their own special plant and chose their perfect place to plant it.

    A positive attitude towards nature

    Playfully and enthusiastically, even the youngest took a very active part in this and got a hands-on experience in how to do something for the environment, how important it is to protect nature and what they can do to reduce CO2 emissions. Our ebm-papst team managed to plant the seed for a positive attitude towards nature and environmental protection and had as much fun setting out the new garden as the children. Once they are ripe, these home-grown and home-picked apples and berries will add special colour and taste to the children’s mid-morning meals.

    “Tree by tree a better future – children are always open for new ideas. Giving them access to information, asking them to act and think at their own initiative, inviting them to join in hands-on activities, our children gain first hand experience and will thus know what it takes to stop the climate change on our planet. We would like to make the young generation aware of the fact that carbon dioxide is considered to be the main cause of climate change. This is why we have to seize every chance to clear the atmosphere of this gas. So we decided to start an information campaign at kindergarten level already and convert free areas into green, tree-bearing areas to reduce CO2 and help generate more O2. Even our youngest can contribute to this!”, says Bernhard Fischer.

    ebm-papst wants this initiative to make parents and families better aware of environmental issues. – When you think in generations, you cannot but take environmental protection to heart and in your own hands.

  • EC seminar

    The early bird…

    2013-04-14 | During a seminar on GreenTech EC technology in Salzburg, we showed specialists in building engineering how using modern fans saves a lot of CO2 and how to meet future ecological regulations by using advanced technology of today.

    This seminar was only one part in a series of events we had launched in co-operation with our partner Systemair in order to push green technology in Austria. Here, too, the EU regulation on energy-using products – the so-called ErP-directive – calls for a significantly reduced CO2 emission. (more on ErP in our ebm-papst mag°) And in 2015, the next phase with even tougher specifications will take effect. For the fan industry, this means that about 50% of their current solutions will no longer be in line with what the market needs. Not so with ebm-papst: Today, GreenTech EC technology already meets these new requirements.

    In their seminars, our experts addressed architects, engineers and building planers to inform on requirements and opportunities when using fans. In their presentations, our managing director Bernhard Fischer and project engineer Alexander Bauer, joined by Walter Baldauf and Peter Espert from Systemair, highlighted the benefits of EC-technology, focussed on needs-based ventilation and correctly adjusted duty points, and answered detailed questions as to ErP directive 2015.

  • Review 12

    GreenDay means saving electricity and resources

    2012-04-27 | “For us, GreenDay means saving electricity and resources, reducing costs and providing for a healthy work environment. In the end that benefits all employees. Often it is just little habits that have to be changed for efficiently and sustainably practising this at the workplace.

    Daniel Krupp

    Daniel Krupp

    In our subsidiary for example we save 30 percent of electricity and 15 percent of heating costs. To do so, we disconnect all unneeded electric appliances from the mains power supply after work has ended, reduce lighting systems to the required minimum and reduce the heating temperature to a reasonable level. Due to these measures we reduce the CO2 emissions by approximately 12.8 tonnes per year! Such commitment has now become anchored in the awareness of all the colleagues.”

    Daniel Krupp
    Operations Manager
    ebm-papst Austria


    Other Events of the Subsidiary:

    • Energy management day
      • Saving energy at work. Where can we save energy and how we think. Information session for employees
    • Innovation Day (for heat pump customers)
    • Open Day
      • who is ebm-papst in Austria?
      • Invite school classes of HTL Linz and the department of Electrical Engineering
    • Information day for biomass producers
    • Cycling Day
      • The team of ebm-papst starts with bicycles in the day

Österreich

Kontakt

ebm-papst Motoren & Ventilatoren GmbH
Christina Krupp
Straubingstraße 17
4030 Linz

GreenDay Aktionen

  • Workshop: FAIRTRADE – Nachhaltig aufklären
  • Vitamine und Energie am Arbeitsplatz
  • Kräuterpotpourri für die gute Küche
  • Mitarbeiterabend: FAIR – Kochen und genießen

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