Our mill in Landshut is now one of the most important and modern organic mills in Germany and is 100 percent organic. Back in 1996, we were the first mill in Europe to be recognized for our environmental management according to the EC Eco-Audit Regulation EMAS and in 2010 we were the first mill to be certified for our CO2-neutral production. A wide range of sustainability projects are promoted and implemented with holistic ecological commitment.
Climate-neutral organic mill
Since 2010, we have been awarded the CO2-neutral production certificate by the environmental assessment organization INTECHNICA CERT every year. This award brings us one step closer to our goal:
"Our vision is CO2-neutral production for the entire value chain, from the farmer to the baker."
Michael Hiestand, CEO of Meyermühle
We achieve CO2-neutral operation by combining several aspects: In addition to saving energy through intelligent energy management, we also make use of the adjacent Hammerbach stream. By converting the water power, it is possible to generate a third of the required electrical energy ourselves. The waste heat generated during operation of the modern water turbine is used to support the space heating. The remaining electricity requirement is covered by purchasing climate-neutral electricity from hydropower.
Ecological and social aspects - equally important
The vehicle fleet and the heating of domestic hot water produce carbon dioxide, which has been unavoidable to date. To offset these emissions, i.e. to prevent CO2 from being produced elsewhere, we have been supporting a solar stove project in Africa since 2007. The individual parts of the solar stoves are manufactured in a social self-help workshop in Altötting and assembled on site, for example in Namibia, by local employees and handed over directly to the families. This is in line with our principle of taking social as well as ecological aspects into account when selecting projects to support.
In 1997, a rainforest project was supported for many years to promote and restore the environmental balance. Since 1993, we have drawn up an annual ecological balance sheet. All these activities qualified us to be the first mill in Europe to receive EMAS certification from the EU and the environmental certificate from the Bavarian State Ministry.
Holistic sustainability concept
For us, organic means more than just a cultivation method; it is the cornerstone of our strategic corporate concept and is practiced daily in all areas and in our cooperation with customers and suppliers.
Michael Hiestand, CEO of Meyermühle
First fish ladder
We are working consistently on implementing the environmental concept with the aim of reducing the environmental impact through appropriate measures. At the beginning of December 2010, the first fish ladder in the city of Landshut was officially opened under the leadership of Meyermühle. The 38-metre-long structure allows fish to cross the individual sections of the Isar and reach their spawning grounds. The strong current allows them to find the fish ladder instinctively. The Hammerbach is therefore once again passable for fish and its ecological value has increased significantly. After a good ten years of planning and implementation, we are very proud to be able to make a contribution to the protection of native fish species.
Since we as a mill rely on energy from hydropower and use the river, we contribute to the survival of barbel, huchen, brown trout and other native fish species with the fish ladder.
Michael Hiestand, CEO of the Meyermühle