The environmental strategy of the Berchtesgaden National Park Administration sees the Paris Agreement as a goal, the UN Agenda 2030 as a global framework and EMAS as a tool to be able to achieve the goal.
Since 2019, the Berchtesgaden National Park Authority has been using the environmental management system EMAS of the European Union, a globally valid and effective instrument to make its own operational environmental behavior measurable on an ecological, economic and socio-cultural level. In this way, the National Park Authority makes an important contribution to sustainable development and positions itself as a socially responsible organization.
A continuous improvement process ensures that operational CO2 emissions are reduced, energy is used more effectively, supply chains are examined for sustainability and social influences are shaped. The goal is to manage the national park in a carbon-neutral manner.
In 2022, 50 of the 155 national park employees participated in the annual audit, providing important values and many ideas. An agile 35-point environmental plan shows the future-oriented plans and a sustainability report with SDG report informs about the reference to the 17 sustainability goals of the United Nations. The validity of the EMAS environmental statement is checked and validated by an independent environmental auditor every fall.