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Bavaria Fiction's sustainability initiative: EMAS environmental management validation planned for 2024

Thu, 9. Feb 2023
Foto: Moritz Brucker

Munich - Bavaria Fiction is aiming for an operational environmental management validation for its headquarters in Geiselgasteig by the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) within the next 12 months.

The EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) is a premium management instrument developed by the European Commission for companies and other organisations to evaluate, report and improve their environmental performance. If organisations meet the high requirements of the European EMAS Regulation (EC, No. 1221/2009), they are awarded the EMAS logo. The Bavaria Fiction project team led by Robert Küppers, responsible for Corporate Social Responsibility, and Sustainability Manager and Green Consultant Tobias Wolf, who is in charge of managing the company's environmental protection measures and accompanies the process of validation by an EMAS environmental verifier.

Marcus Ammon and Jan S. Kaiser, Managing Directors at Bavaria Fiction: "Producing sustainably has been a concern of ours for many years. Since the introduction of the ecological minimum standards for green productions in Germany in 2022, 16 productions have already been awarded the 'Green Motion' label and our movie 'Tatort Köln: Pyramide' is currently nominated for the 'Eisvogel – Award for Sustainable Film Productions'. With the help of our environmental management system we aim to continuously reduce our waste quantities, water and energy consumption and, therefore, our CO² emissions, hence the validation of our business operations through EMAS is the next logical milestone."

Among other initiatives, Bavaria Fiction has been involved for years in the "Green Shooting" working group, which has developed the minimum ecological standards for green productions together with broadcasters, streamers, production companies and funds. To date, 16 productions have been awarded the "Green Motion" label, including "Storm of Love" (season 21/22) and several "Tatort" productions. At its headquarters in Geiselgasteig, the Bavaria Film Group offers ideal conditions for green production, thanks to a completely climate-neutral energy supply.

About EMAS:

EMAS stands for Eco-Management and Audit Scheme and is the European premium system for implementing climate protection and sustainability in organisations from all sectors. It has a consistent stakeholder approach, an orientation of all processes towards sustainability aspects and legally regulated, auditable sustainability reporting.

As an independent advisory body to the Federal Ministry for the Environment, the Environmental Verification Committee (UGA) brings together different interest groups in the field of environmental and sustainability management and actively promotes the implementation and dissemination of EMAS. With its work, the UGA supports the Federal Government's goal of 5.000 EMAS sites by 2030.

EMAS-registered organisations make an effective contribution to environmental protection, save costs and demonstrate social responsibility. EMAS ensures that all environmental aspects from energy consumption to waste and emissions are implemented in a legally secure and transparent manner.