Interview with “Germany’s most sustainable large-scale enterprise 2014”

September 12, 2016  

Marko Schnarr works for the environmental office at Miele, the well-known manufacturer of household appliances. His goal is to expand the company’s decision-making matrix to fully include environmental aspects. Enjoy the interview! What do you respond when you are asked by Miele colleagues, for example from the Production department, “why do we conduct life cycle assessments at Miele”? Our cus...

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    September 1, 2016  

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Resource Efficiency Framework

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