For example, in 2008, IMD Labor Oderland was the first German medical practice to be validated according to the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS). EMAS is a management tool for companies and other organizations to evaluate, report and improve their environmental performance. EMAS requires organizations not only to comply with all relevant legislation, but to continually improve their own performance with regard to all relevant direct and indirect environmental aspects, such as energy, waste, water, emissions, procurement and biodiversity.
At IMD Labor Greifswald a functioning environmental management system (EMS) has been developed and IMD Labor Greifswald is the second German medical practice with an environmental management validated according to EMAS. IMD fulfills the requirements under Germany’s Act on Energy Services and Energy Efficiency Measures (“EDL-G”) and can thereby avoid additional costs.
There are also plenty of initiatives encouraging the reduction of environmental impact.
‘The Save Energy!Day’ organized at IMD Labor Oderland encourages colleagues to save energy at the workplace and at home. It covers two areas: technical improvements and join-in-activities, accompanied by a training session on the energy saving.
The company organizes also cyclical action ‘IMD Bike’. The employees are encouraged to use a bike instead of the usual car for their daily journey to or from work – both, for environmental (climate) and for fitness reasons. After a six month-period from April to September every year the overall total of kilometers covered by bike by each participant are counted and the winners are rewarded. Also prizes can be won for the longest daily distance, for the number of days the bike was used, etc. During the last year edition, the initiative participants representing all levels of the organization covered a total of 3,954 km by bike.