Kelheim Fibers, first viscose manufacturer in the world with an environmental management system validated by EMAS

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KELHEIM, Germany – January 12, 2021 – Kelheim Fibers GmbH, based in Bavaria, Germany, has become the first manufacturer of viscose fibers in the world to receive EMAS certification, according to the company.

“Our aspiration is that our fibers provide an environmentally friendly and efficient alternative to synthetic materials,” says Craig Barker, CEO of Kelheim Fibers. “So it’s not enough that our fibers are made from renewable resources and are fully biodegradable – our environmental awareness has to include the entire production process and everything that goes with it if we are to maintain our credibility. EMAS certification proves that we take this responsibility seriously.

EMAS stands for “Eco Management and Audit Scheme” and is a standardized ecological management certification system developed by the European Union. EMAS includes the globally applicable ISO 14001 standard and goes beyond its requirements by demanding more transparency and continuous improvement: certified companies report in their annual EMAS environmental declaration on their environmental objectives and progress towards reach them.

During the audit prior to certification, the independent environmental auditor carried out an in-depth investigation of all the departments of the company, from the production itself to the company canteen. He found no nonconformities and was impressed with the competence and high sense of responsibility of Kelheim employees.

Unlike the EU eco-label and similar certifications, EMAS does not apply to individual products or services, but certifies the full environmental performance of the company. This not only benefits the protection of the environment and the climate, but also improves the eco-efficiency of a company.

Craig Barker: “An effective environmental management system ensures that economy and ecology go hand in hand, which gives us a decisive competitive advantage. “

Posted on January 12, 2021

Source: Kelheim Fibers GmbH


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