Sustainability is an integral part of the internal management process at studierendenWERK BERLIN. Other departments are gradually being included.

We use green electricity from 100% renewable energies. In many canteens we use Direct Digital Control (DDC) systems for optimum control of the building management system.State-of-the-art kitchen technology such as pressure cookers and combi steamers are also used for "low temperature cooking" overnight. This preserves the quality of the products and protects the environment. Modern, environmentally friendly flushing technology has also become standard inventory in all facilities. We also use biodegradable cleaning agents and state-of-the-art dosing technology in most kitchens.

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Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS)

Sustainability is an integral part of internal management processes at the studierendenWERK BERLIN. Further areas of organization will be gradually included in our sustainability scheme.
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Regional Products

Current aim of the studierendenWERK BERLIN canteens is to increase their use of regional products.
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Better in fairness.

Coffee, cocoa, and coffee specialties offered at the coffee bars of the studierendenWERK BERLIN are sustainably produced and accredited with fair trade certification. Similarly, tea is exclusively produced through sustainable methods of cultivation.
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Table salt and additives

During the salting process in the food preparation, we only use iodised table salt. In addition, we always try to purchase products that do not contain additives that require labelling.
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Food waste

We take utmost care to minimize food leftover waste in our canteens. To ensure this, we prepare most of our food "just in time".
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Frying fat without palm oil

At our canteens, we do not use palm oil for frying fat. We have replaced palm oil with 100% sunflower oil.
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Our philosophy: Coffee ToStay

What's the use in rushing? Enjoy your coffee in peace! In our canteens and coffee bars.
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Coffee grounds as a natural fertilizer

The studierendenWERK BERLIN produces approximately 40,000 kg of coffee grounds annually. This is an enormous amount that has been professionally disposed of together with other food waste. But coffee grounds are far too valuable to discard!
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Disposable tableware made of PLA and biopolymer

At the studierendenWERK BERLIN, on-the-go foods are sold only in containers made of biodegradable PLA (polylactides=polylactic acid).
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Roof garden

As a pilot project, we are currently testing an herb and vegetable garden on the roof of our TU canteen.
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Green electricity

Whenever possible, studierendenWERK BERLIN obtains its electricity from renewable energies.
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Reduction of energy consumption

Energy consumption will be reduced by switching to energy-efficient lighting and modern ventilation systems in the food preparation areas.
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In the food preparation areas of our canteens, we only use cleaning agents that are degradable, chlorine-free, as well as phosphate-free.