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10 Jul

This is how WTH protects the environment:

Meet Interlocutors on the Screen

One of the most eco-friendly way to travel: cycling with or without electricity. - Not only privately, environmentally aware travel is a requirement of the time. Walter Thieme is convinced that climate-friendly business travel is also possible. Photo: Dreyling 

(mud) – "The best business trip is the one that does not even have to take place," says Walter Thieme. What seems at first sound absurd, has a kernel of truth. In fact, with modern operations management - as in the case of WTH GmbH - it is possible to reduce the number of personal meetings over long distances. However, the Stader entrepreneur goes one step further: "Private travel behavior can also be made more climate-friendly without deprivation. In both cases we make a good contribution to environmental protection. "

Managing director Thieme has long ceased to be in the car, on the train or even on the plane for every conversation with business partners. What used to mean several working days and more or less high travel expenses can largely be saved thanks to digitization. "With a videoconference several conversation partners can be brought to the screen in real time and thus into conversation," explains Thieme. In this way, it is also possible to "shut down" own employees from abroad to internal company conferences, which do not require attendance.

Another way to communicate in an environmentally friendly way, the WTH managing director sees in the skilful planning of his trade fair visits: "I use the events to meet various representatives of companies at home and abroad at trade fairs in order to reduce my own travel activities." In fact the international exhibitions are ideally suited to meet partners from all over the world and to "network".

But also the many other types of digital operations help Thieme to make its contribution to reducing CO2 emissions: WTH has designed its internal processes so effectively that sources of error are largely excluded. This has tangible effects on the environment.

For in-house IT processes are always followed by procurement, warehousing and delivery processes at manufacturers, warehouses and customers, where people and machines get things moving: goods are transported around the globe, stored, picked and finally delivered to customers throughout Europe. Walter Thieme: "Errors that we can avoid and exclude at the source, ie in administration and sales, are thus a direct environmental benefit".

However, environmental protection is also very private, for example on vacation, Thieme is convinced - and sees the people in Germany already on a good path: More and more of us living families, singles and seniors in the most beautiful time of the year within the borders of our country. They choose destinations along the coasts of the North and Baltic Seas, book at the foot of the Alps or travel through the magnificent forest and mountain landscapes from north to south and from west to east.

New forms of travel also prove to be beneficial to the environment: electric-powered vehicles such as bicycles, scooters or, increasingly, cars and buses make traveling more climate-friendly. And the German railway also makes despite occasional Unkenrufe their contribution to climate-friendly holidays. In addition, there is a still strong migration that contributes in a special way to deceleration. Especially those who are traveling "on foot" or on two-wheelers in Europe, even in advanced age, the "youth hostels" as solid holiday accommodations in view.

"Who wants to climate-friendly travel today will help us and other European countries many delightful and exciting ways," says Walter Thieme. Just a glance into the shelves of the local lending libraries, the book trade or the Internet shows that information is by no means lacking. Thieme: "I'm pretty sure a climate-friendly holiday has nothing to do with deprivation - it does not always have to be long-haul flights in the last corners of the earth.“