ebswien hauptkläranlage was the first wastewater treatment plant in Austria to introduce an Integrated Management System with stringent quality, occupational safety and environmental standards. Since 2007, ebswien hauptkläranlage has been certified according to:
- ISO 9001 (Quality)
- OHSAS 18001 (occupational safety)
- ISO 14001 und EMAS (environment)
In 2010, ebswien hauptkläranlage successfully underwent the process of recertification and in November 2011 was bestowed the EMAS Award from the European Commission in recognition of its exemplary environmental management.
In May 2012, again as the first wastewater treatment plant in Austria, the company obtained
ISO 50001 (energy management system) certification.
End of May 2013, a team of auditors of Quality Austria reviewed our Integrated Management System. All our existing certifications were renewed for another three years. The fact that we voluntarily subject ourselves to such stringent international standards gives our owners, our employees, our partners and in particular all Viennese residents the confidence that environmental protection and sustainable resource management play a predominant role in all our wastewater treatment processes.
EMAS is the abbreviation for Eco Management and Audit Scheme, also known as EU Eco-Audit or Eco-Audit. EMAS was developed by the European Union and is a Community eco-management and audit scheme for organisations that seek to improve their environmental performance. The EMAS Regulation (Eco-Audit Regulation) underlines the role of industry in assuming responsibility for its direct and indirect impacts on the environment. In October 2007, ebswien hauptkläranlage Ges.m.b.H. received the Certificate of Registration for the Eco-Management System EMAS (EC Regulation No. 761/2001). On 11 January 2010, a new EC Regulation (No.1221/2009, in short EMAS III) came into force, in which the previous regulations were summarised and amended. The obligation for companies to inform the public about their environmental performance has remained unchanged. We meet this obligation with our Environmental Statements, which are released annually.
As an EcoBusinessPlan enterprise, we belong to a large group of Viennese companies which operate along ecological principles, thereby cutting costs while sparing the environment. Along with us, more than 600 enterprises have participated in the EcoBusinessPlan Vienna to date and, through appropriate environmental management practices, have been able to generate cost savings of approximately 35 million euros.