When Finn Pedersen decides to cycle those three kilometres to work instead of going by car, not only does he protect the environment - he actually makes money.
Because at Urtekram, where Finn is plant manager of the body care department, we pay out mileage allowances in accordance with public standards to those staff members, who go to work by bicycle.
”One might say that we encourage people to go by bike and save fuel”, quality manager Anne S Hansen explains, adding:
”This is good for the environment, and it is good for Urtekram too”.
In short, this unique idea is aimed at fostering staff well-being on the one hand and feeling responsible towards the climate and our environment on the other hand. The idea was brought to life long before climate changes became a mainstream agenda.
This is not the only energy saving idea at Urtekram: all our energy sources are renewable. Since 1997, we have been shareholders in a windmill project in Western Jutland, and today we buy electricity from a Swedish hydroelectric plant.
We also want to add more ideas: this autumn, the staff members working in our organic canteen started collecting kitchen waste in compost containers. Now they have added organic composting worms that turn waste into compost gold, and everybody is looking forward to taking home a bag of compost for the vegetable garden next spring.
See also the TV2Nord feature "Paid to cycle" broadcasted on Tuesday 17. November 17th 2009 at 7.30pm: http://tv2nord.dk/default.asp?pageID=4&ProgrammeDate=17-11-2009