“Most Recycling-Paper-Friendly University”

The University of Bremen has received the title of the “most recycling-paper-friendly university.” President Bernd Scholz-Reiter accepted the award in Berlin on Tuesday, October 5, 2021.

It is confirmation of the climate protection measures in place at the University of Bremen: For their exemplary use of recycling paper with the Blue Angel - a German ecolabel - the University of Bremen has been honored in the “Papieratlas” 2021 university competition.

Important Contribution to Climate and Resource Protection

The University of Bremen is “making an important contribution to climate and resource protection by using recycling paper,” stated the initiative in its decision. “In comparison to fresh fiber paper, the production saves at least 60 percent water and energy and causes significantly less CO2 emissions.” It was in this way that the University of Bremen was able to save more than 1,168,000 liters of water and over 240,000 kilowatt hours of energy last year.
Since 2004, the University of Bremen has had a continually appraised environmental management system in accordance with EMAS (Eco-Management Audit Scheme) in place. With this certificate, the university proves that it goes beyond just fulfilling its legal requirements in terms of the environment.

Award In Line with Climate University Activities

President of the University of Bremen, Professor Bernd Scholz-Reiter: “I am very pleased about this prize, as it shows that our climate protection measures are fruitful. As a climate university, it is not only climate-based work in research and teaching that is important to us, but also the climate protection that we put in place on campus. We are on the path to becoming a climate-neutral campus and have initiated a series of activities. For example, our entire electrical energy consumption is covered by green electricity. Our environmentally conscious use of paper is in line with this.”

Pro Recycling Paper Initiative

The “Papieratlas” has been determining the paper use and the share of paper with the Blue Angel stamp at German universities since 2016. The Federal Ministry for the Environment, the German Environment Agency, and the German Association of University Professors and Lecturers are competition partners. With 50 participants for the first time and an average recycling rate of 78 percent, the universities have broken two records this year.
The other winners included the University of Passau as “Achievers of the Year” and Osnabrück University, who received the special prize “Repeat Winner.”
Alongside the university competition, the “Papieratlas” has also been awarded to towns since 2008 and to districts since 2018. This year’s awards went to the towns of Leverkusen, Solingen, and Oberhausen, as well as the districts of Ebersberg and Unstrut-Hainich-Kreis.

Further Information:

You can find the downloadable University of Bremen’s Climate Strategy here.
The University of Bremen environmental management website:



Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Scholz-Reiter
University of Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-60011
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Dr. Doris Sövegjarto-Wigbers
Environmental Management Coordinator
University of Bremen
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Bernd Scholz-Reiter, Florian Pronold
Der Rektor der Universität Bremen, Bernd Scholz-Reiter hat die Auszeichnung von Florian Pronold, Parlamentarischer Staatssekretär im Bundesumweltministerium, erhalten.