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Our engagement

Energy is the basis of our lives - and as EEW we take responsibility for it.

For our environment and future generations.

With our corporate activity - the environmentally friendly generation of energy through thermal waste and sewage sludge recycling - we are literally at the source. Waste is a valuable resource in a modern circular economy that can be used for people, municipalities and companies from the region.

We face the challenges and constantly changing framework conditions such as economic and ecological change, the energy and heat transition and the limited availability of resources. Through our daily actions, we want to make a positive contribution to the environment and society.

In dialogue with our stakeholders.

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COO Dr. Joachim Manns (from left to right), CEO Bernard M. Kemper and CFO Markus Hauck talk about sustainability at EEW.
Andreas Echternach, Head of Human Resources Management EEW and Jennifer Adermann, Team Lead Business Partner Controlling EEW talk about opportunities and the courage to pursue them.
Prof. Alexandros Charitos, Director of INEMET-and Sebastian Heinemann, Senior Manager Corporate Development EEW research how residues can be converted into valuable secondary raw materials.
Sebastian Heinemann, Senior Manager Corporate Development EEW and Prof. Alexandros Charitos, Director of INEMET-exchange information about target-oriented research activities.
Wilfred de Jager, Technical Director EEW Delfzijl and Brigitte Jacobs, Business Leader Energy Transition TNO exchange views how CO2 can be utilised and used as raw material.
Bernard M. Kemper, CEO EEW and photographer Jessica Backhaus discuss how art cab change the way to look at things.
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Areas of Activity

Sustainability is a joint task. It will only be successful if we make a concerted effort and move forward together. To this end, we seek continuous dialogue with our employees, customers, suppliers, partners, the authorities, the economy, politics and science. We have set ourselves concrete goals against which we measure our performance.

For example:

  • Ensuring compliant behaviour
  • Increasing the absolute number of women in leadership positions
  • Systematisation of stakeholder management

Sustainable behaviour only succeeds if we stand by our responsibility and face up to the sometimes daunting challenges. Among other things, we focus on sustainable innovations and strengthening the circular economy. We have set ourselves concrete goals against which we measure our performance.

For example:

  • Optimising the Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE) of our own plants towards a target value of 94 per cent.
  • Phosphorus recovery from sewage sludge ash
  • Industrial utilisation of carbon dioxide (CCU and CCS)

Sustainable behaviour requires exceptional performance. The focus of our actions is on the priority topics of "dealing with climate change" and "strengthening the circular economy". Here, too, we have set ourselves concrete goals against which we measure our performance.

For example:

  • Increasing energy efficiency by making full use of renewable energy sources at the plant locations.
  • Reducing the number of accidents by 30 per cent (base year 2018: 12)
  • Increase the share of renewable energies in energy use

Sustainability management

We are continuously working on establishing a more efficient governance structure for company-wide sustainability management. Its task is to regularly evaluate key issues, as well as to monitor the objectives and measure the degree to which they have been achieved. It is also in the hands of the sustainability management to implement and realise a continuous stakeholder management and to establish regular reporting processes.

 

The company-wide responsibility for sustainability lies with the management of EEW Energy from Waste GmbH. As the highest decision-making body, it defines the strategy, evaluates and approves key decisions and is responsible for the budget.

Since 2019, an internal steering committee has been coordinating the company's sustainability activities. This central body is made up of one representative from each of the corporate departments of chairmanship, finance and technology, as well as a technical manager a representative of the HR department and a technical plant manager. The steering committee further develops the sustainability strategy, prepares decisions for the management and ensures their uniform application in the company. It also monitors whether the defined sustainability goals are achieved and controls the budgets. In an advisory capacity, the committee is in close contact with the management.

The interface between steering committee and management board is the corporate sustainability department. It is responsible for the company-wide management of sustainability activities and liaises between the steering committee and the management.

Materiality analysis

The core element of our process for the strategic implementation of sustainability was a comprehensive materiality analysis involving the stakeholders. By identifying the key sustainability issues, we have created the basic prerequisite for setting the right priorities in our daily work and in our reporting. We started the process in June 2018 with a comprehensive environment analysis. In the process, we identified 22 potentially relevant topics from our own perspective: from the areas of economy, environment, employees and society, supplemented by global challenges.

In the first step of the materiality analysis, we asked selected external stakeholders to rate the relevance of these 22 topics. In addition, we wanted to know how EEW relates to these topics from the stakeholders' perspective. In July and August 2018, customers, local suppliers, representatives from local authorities, politics, associations and trade unions were interviewed. The people selected represent a cross-section of the entire "stakeholder universe" of EEW. In addition, they all have a high level of expertise in their respective fields. During telephone interviews, the stakeholders provided a qualitative assessment of the topics. Quantitative results were also determined using a digitally provided evaluation form.

The second step was the impact assessment from EEW's perspective. In internal workshops, employees from relevant departments assessed from their own perspective the extent of the impact of EEW's actions on the economy, the environment and society in relation to the specified topics. In the third step, the results of the stakeholder survey and the impact assessment were combined in a materiality matrix.

Sustainability standards

In our sustainability reporting, we take into account internationally recognised standards and frameworks. The focus is on the Sustainability Reporting Standards (SRS) of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) - GRI Standards for short - the criteria of The Sustainability Code (DNK) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.

 

The GRI standards serve to ensure the international comparability of non-financial information published by organisations as part of their corporate reporting. With the help of the GRI standards, organisations report on relevant economic, environmental and social impacts related to their own business activities. The published information is used by different stakeholders to assess the sustainability performance of the reporting organisation or to compare the performance of different organisations. You can find the GRI content index of our sustainability report here.

 

The Sustainable Development Goals are an essential component of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted by the member states of the United Nations in 2015. The goals are intended to lead to more environmental and climate protection, prosperity, social justice, self-determination and peace worldwide by 2030. 

The SDGs are divided into 17 goals with a total of 169 sub-goals. In our sustainability report, we show in the respective chapters on the three fields of action "Strengthening Relationships", "Taking on challenges" and "Delivering results" what contribution EEW is making to achieving the SDGs. To this end, we have analysed which of the 17 SDGs are of particular relevance to our business activities. In total, we identified the following seven SDGs:

Since 2021, we have published a declaration of compliance in the database of the German Sustainability Index (DNK) for the first time. With this declaration, we commit ourselves to aligning our actions and business activities according to the 20 defined DNK criteria in ecological, economic and social terms. Like the sustainability report, the DNK declaration is a contribution to greater transparency and comparability of sustainable performance.

 

Sustainability Report 2021

Contact

We enter into dialogue about tomorrow and put our sustainability goals up for discussion with our partners, suppliers, customers, citizens, politicians and scientists. We also invite you to enter into dialogue with us: nachhaltigkeit(at)eew-ernergyfromwaste.com.

 

Birgit Fröhlig
Head of Sustainability
Helena Wassermann
Sustainability Officer