A few days ago Zedler – Institut für Fahrradtechnik und -Sicherheit GmbH was honoured at the "Award for the Environment Baden-Wuerttemberg 2014" with a certificate in the category trade and services. The Baden-Wuerttemberg Minister of the Environment, Franz Untersteller herewith honoured the particularly ecological and climate-friendly business management of the Ludwigsburg company. The Zedler institute was one of all in all 19 finalists in four categories that were honoured personally for their commitment to environmental protection on the occasion of this year’s award ceremony at Neues Schloss Stuttgart.
"We are proud that our commitment to sustainability was recognized officially today and will hopefully find many imitators and supporters", emphasizes Dirk Zedler. "Our business activity of testing and optimizing bicycles, electric bicycles and components is already environmentally friendly in itself. Our aim is to continue making bicycle traffic safer and to hereby create the basis for a future-oriented mobility. We equally try to reduce the energy and raw material consumption as far as possible in our daily business activities."
According to the company’s own information, the Zedler institute with its 18 staff members had for example a heat recovery system as well as a developed infrastructure for cyclists (company bicycles and pedelecs, changing and showering facilities, repair and parking places). Commuting to work and business trips were made mainly by bicycle and by train, the correspondence was mostly paperless (electronically), they print exclusively on recycling paper and use electricity from hydropower. Furthermore, they reduce waste material to a minimum and, where it cannot be avoided, place special importance on sorting for recycling. Furthermore, local suppliers are the preferred option for the Zedler institute and they participate in the DHL project "GOGREEN". Upon request, user manuals are printed on FSC-certified paper.
"We hope that the good publicity of the award for the environment will help to show other companies that the protection of the environment is not only feasible, but also economically profitable to make sustainability a matter of course in future companies", says Dirk Zedler.