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energiekonsens honors Karin Lang with climate protection award
The non-profit climate protection agency energiekonsens has awarded this year's climate protection prize to Karin Lang, Managing Director of Bremen-based honey and sweetener producer Sonnentracht. In doing so, the agency honors her long-standing and particularly dedicated commitment to climate-friendly entrepreneurship.
"I am very pleased that my work and commitment are being honored with the Climate Protection Award. It makes me really beam inside," Lang said when the award was presented on Monday. "But of course I don't do all this alone, I'm part of a team. That's why my thanks also go to the employees from the countries of origin of our raw materials, from transport and production. Because the heartfelt desire of all of us is to become even better at climate protection." "Ms. Lang has firmly anchored the pursuit of greater climate protection in her actions," said Martin Grocholl, managing director of energiekonsens. "For years now, she has been driving Sonnentracht's sustainable orientation in many areas and levels of the company and is always open to further ideas, measures and projects. This makes her a role model in climate protection."
Solar power from the roof, organic vegetarian food in the canteen
For example, the company's production is climate-neutral thanks to the use of green electricity and its own photovoltaic system, it offers its employees vegetarian meals in its organic canteen, and it tries to make its packaging as sustainable as possible. In addition, Sonnentracht is currently involved in no less than three energiekonsens projects. In the network format "Effizienztisch Kompakt" (Compact Efficiency Table), the company is pursuing a joint CO2 savings target with seven other participants, and in the project "Kooperation CO2" (CO2 Cooperation), it wants to work together with companies from the neighborhood to make mobility more sustainable. To make it easier for employees to adopt climate-friendly behavior, Sonnentracht has also taken part in the "Green Nudging" project.
Every year since 2005, energiekonsens has awarded prizes to committed people from the state of Bremen who have made particularly remarkable and innovative contributions to climate protection. Since then, every year a climate protector is honored for his or her great personal commitment and trend-setting achievements in climate protection. The award winners to date come from a variety of social backgrounds and include representatives from business, associations and science.
New in the range: baking ingredients, baking decoration, binding & gelling agents & desserts
After months of tinkering, developing, testing and trying, we are finally pleased to present our new range. With our new baking assortment we expand our product range by about 70 new products from different areas. From the classic baking ingredients to baking decorations, flavor oils and waters, desserts and even some binding and gelling agents, many new products find their place with us. Inspired by our existing assortment, we thought it was time to use our know-how to expand our sweet baking helpers with a comprehensive baking assortment that leaves nothing to be desired. So we set to work and tinkered for all we were worth. Because if there's one thing that's important to us, it's the fact that our products come from our own company. For months, recipes were developed and tested, thrown over again and refined until we were sure that you can simply taste it. With a lot of attention to detail, products were created that not only taste good, but are also packaged plastic-free. With our paper bags we want to do something good for the environment and thus do without plastic or aluminum as far as possible.
Project "Green Nudging"
We at Sonnentracht depend on an intact environment through the processing and distribution of natural sweeteners and that is why we are committed to energy efficiency and climate protection. For this reason we have decided to participate in the pilot phase of the Green Nudging project. .
Nudging means "nudging" in German and is intended to promote climate-friendly behavior by employees in companies through small nudges, without the use of prohibitions or financial incentives. At our company, we have developed and implemented three nudges that have had a positive impact on waste separation throughout the company, on the consumption of paper and printer cartridges, and on energy consumption at the printing presses. Through employee training and the use of visually striking and appealing reminders to turn off the machines, electricity and solvent consumption was reduced at the printing presses.
Green Nudging is a joint project led by the non-profit climate protection agency energiekonsens and the project partners ConPolicy - Institute for Consumer Policy in Berlin, the Climate Protection and Energy Consulting Agency Heidelberg - Rhine-Neckar District (KliBA) and the Saxon Energy Agency (SAENA). Green Nudging is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment as part of the National Climate Protection Initiative (NKI). If you are interested in climate protection and want to know more about the concept of Green Nudging, you can find out more about the project at www.green-nudging.de! On the website you can also find the Nudge catalog, which contains a variety of the nudges from the pilot phase.
Contact at energiekonsens: Astrid Stehmeier, Tel.: 0421 37 66 71-2; e-mail: email@example.com
Sustainable Development Report 2019/2020
Our new sustainability report is here!
In our comprehensive sustainability report for 2019/2020, facts and figures on various areas have been prepared:
The Sonnentracht (history, organizational structure, business areas, custom-fit contract filling, product development, our brands).
The Sonnentracht beekeeping (migratory beekeeping, Bioland guidelines, environmental protection)
Sustainability & Environment (sustainability concept, energy, packaging, society)
Quality (our quality management, our quality philosophy, certificates)
Raw materials (agave, date, coconut, rice, honey)
Employees (The Sonnentracht Team, More than just colleagues)
Sun Lounge & Sun Shop ("You are what you eat", Vegetarian and healthy, Places to meet)
You can access the sustainability report here:
We are also represented this year at BIOFACH - the world's leading trade fair for organic products.
You will find us in hall 7 at booth 7-575.
We have been exhibiting at BIOFACH for 12 years and are pleased to present new raw materials and product creations to you every year.
You would like to make an appointment with us? Please contact our sales team.
We would be happy to welcome you at our booth.
Finalist for the Bremen Environmental Award
Since 2003, the Environmental Award has been presented in Bremen on the initiative of the Environmental Department to companies that operate responsibly and conserve resources or stand out with innovative environmental ideas. We, the Sonnentracht, applied with our free vegetarian wholefood kitchen and were nominated with five other companies from Bremen for the final. The certificate for "Finalist" was handed over by the Senator for Climate Protection and Environment Dr. Maike Schäfer and the Managing Director of BAB Ralf Stapp (photo by Alexander Flögel).
ALL FOR THE CLIMATE
On 20.09.2019, Fridays for Future called for a global climate strike. In Bremen, too, around 30,000 people demonstrated for a better climate policy. We from Sonnentracht attach great importance to sustainability and were therefore also present in Bremen. We perceived the demonstration as very peaceful and were impressed by the many different generations that participated and got involved.
Bio-Brotbox promotion 2019
We were there!
That's the Bio-Brotbox:
Already more than 180,000 girls and boys, and thus about a quarter of all first-graders in Germany, receive the well-filled Bio-Brotbox at the start of the new school year. The initiative for a healthy break-time breakfast has been around since 2002 and has since been supported by more and more volunteers and companies. They all want to achieve that...
- ...every child gets a breakfast every day
- ...this breakfast is healthy
- ...children become aware of the value and origin of food.
We switch to R-PET
We are gradually converting our dispenser bottle bodies to environmentally friendly R-PET (100% recycled plastic from beverage bottles).
This means that 66% of our product packaging consists of raw materials that are already in the recycling loop and are not being taken from nature again. To increase the recyclability of our bottles, we are also replacing our silicone valve with a floating silicone valve. In this way, we make the work of the recycling plants easier.
New Sonnentracht factory outlet
Direct sales to end consumers started
Open is our new store from now on always on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in the time of 14.00 - 18.00 clock "Am Hohentorshafen" 1 - 3 directly next to the production halls. Discover a wide variety of selected honeys and sweeteners, as well as delicious creations based on agave and coconut.
We are looking forward to your visit!
We are a climate protection company!
We were awarded as a climate protection company!
"Since we work with natural products, it is important to us to burden our environment as little as possible with our activities. Therefore, we have consistently reduced our energy and water consumption over the past three years. This not only has a positive effect on our environmental balance sheet, but also reduces our operating costs," explains Karin Lang, operations manager at Sonnentracht GmbH.
Dr. Joachim Lohse, Bremen's Senator for the Environment, Construction and Transport, personally saw the measures for himself at our summer party and praised them: "Sonnentracht is an example of responsible and environmentally friendly management. With its holistic approach, the company not only makes a valuable contribution in the area of climate protection, but also uses the EcoStep management system to reduce all environmental impacts along the entire value chain. Sonnentracht has reduced its CO2 emissions by more than 70 percent."
Those who are climate protection companies have demonstrably reduced their CO2 emissions by more than 20 percent within the last five years. By implementing a wide range of measures, we have not only been able to achieve this goal, we have exceeded it.
Why this hype about the bee?
On the organic blog of Denns is an exciting article about our last honey seminar in the Märkische Schweiz.
We hope you enjoy reading it!
Jobs & Karriere
Industrial clerk trainee (m/f/d)
We are a young, dynamic family business from Bremen with a strong conviction for sustainable food production. With our 100 employees we have specialized in the production of alternative sweeteners, honey as well as coconut products and have recently complemented this range with various products in the field of baking ingredients. Our brand "agava-Karin Lang" stands for authenticity, naturalness, responsibility and the joy of sweet enjoyment. With a lot of heart and passion we dedicate ourselves to these topics and offer a wide variety of authentic, characterful organic products. Take a look at www.agava.bio or www.sonnentracht.bio.
For 01 August 2022 we are looking for an
Apprentice as industrial clerk (m/f/d).
- Extended secondary school certificate
- Good grades in math, German and English
- Willingness to work, willingness to learn, ability to work in a team
- An interesting field of work with diverse challenges in a young, dynamic company with flat hierarchies
- Flexible working hours
- Opportunities for further training
- A familiar working environment and unforgettable company events
- Company fitness, job bike leasing, capital-forming benefits, company pension plan
- Free lunch and beverages (coffee machine, various teas, water) and free parking
Please send your complete application documents by e-mail to:
Mrs. Britta Trenne
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