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16 Mar

WTH turns green

Customer visits via screen

(mud) – Environmental protection has always been on the agenda at WTH GmbH in Stade. However, the speed of implementation of the corresponding goals has increased. Not so long ago, it was considered groundbreaking if companies only printed emails when it was really urgent. In the meantime, WTH boss Walter Thieme has even taken a long look at the company's own fleet. His future goal: alternative drives instead of fuels.

WTH vehicles still stop at the petrol pump to refuel. But that represents Thieme now under scrutiny. He wants to make his company "green". For him, there is no question that this is possible. But at a bargain price there is no comprehensive environmental protection.

It goes without saying that environmental protection has long been implemented at the Stader company: e-mails are mostly read on the screen and not printed out on paper. The paper archive is shrinking in favor of digital storage.

Walter Thieme: “In the past we had to provide many meters of shelf space for the paper filing. Today we generally archive digitally. “Today we save around ten liters of water for each sheet of paper and envelope. We could have filled many a family swimming pools with it. ”

Thanks to the high degree of digitization at WTH, the entire ordering process, correspondence and all document processes are almost exclusively done digitally. Incidentally, this speeds up the processes and eliminates potential sources of error.

Even employee drinks are no longer brought by car. With a special treatment system, employees can individually prepare tap water with more or less carbon dioxide, but well chilled.

Consistently, the energy requirement was completely changed over to 'green energy sources' and carefully managed. In addition, our energy supplier has certified its deliveries accordingly.

Wherever possible, travel will be replaced by telephone switching or in the future by video conferencing. If customer visits are not possible on the screen but are actually required, they are carefully planned from an economic and ecological perspective: by bus, train, car, ship or, last but not least, by flights.

In the meantime, Walter Thieme is increasingly on the way to his conversation partners by rail. He reaches appointments in the nearby metropolis of Hamburg, for example, with local public transport ("boarding every 20 minutes after a five minute walk"). There is no need to search for and pay for parking spaces. And if there is no other way, Thieme travels by plane: "A business visit to China or India by train or ship would be unfavorable."

In China, the metropolises are well connected by the very well-developed express rail network. Thieme: “That makes flying completely unnecessary. It would be nice if it were the same in Germany. "

And now the WTH boss wants to give his company a “green fleet” for the predominant passenger transport. First of all, he has a kind of "green mix" in mind: The first company cars that can use both conventional fuels and electricity to drive have already been ordered and are expected to replace previous 'combustion engines' in mid-2020.

Solche Hybridfahrzeuge werden zunehmend auf dem Markt angeboten. Privat wird sogar schon ein Fahrzeug mit ausschließlichem Elektroantrieb erfolgreich betrieben. - Aber er will nicht nur in alternative Antriebe, sondern auch in eigene Ladesäulen investieren.

With the increasing expansion of the general infrastructure for electric vehicles, Thieme is convinced that vehicles with electric or other types of drive such as hydrogen will change mobility.

Increasingly WTH when selecting service providers and ecological aspects will play a role, because our business partners the greatest importance to ecology and sustainability place.