We, that is Torsten Merker, Arne Ahrens and Andreas Koch (from left to right in the picture), have many years of experience as a team of experts in tourism, trade and craft.
Over 400 hotels as well as well-known tourism companies such as DER Touristik or TUI and regions such as Schleswig-Holstein, Crete and Mauritius are among our customers, as are Edeka markets and large bicycle dealers. We are happy to support you with our experience as well if you wish!
We are convinced that we need to rethink the traditional way of doing business. Both the way we deal with people and our earth have reached noticeable limits for us. We have reached a point where we feel that it cannot go on like this. Energy efficiency, environmental protection and sustainability, properly lived and used, are the best answers for us to actively shape the future now. Our values at blueContec are therefore based on sustainability, community and cooperation, passion for our mission and freedom. We want to actively bring this into the discussion and each of our projects.
Diplom-Biologe, Master of Science
Focus: Advising regions, building networks, lectures & training
In the 13 years of his affiliation with TUI Deutschland, Andreas Koch managed the areas of quality and environmental management and hotel consulting & product development. Andreas Koch is a co-founder and was honorary chairman of the Futouris e.V. sustainability initiative for five years. In 2012 he founded blueContec GmbH together with Arne Ahrens and is one of the three Managing Directors.
Focus: Environmental management systems ISO 14001 & EMAS, energy consulting, environmental communication and training
When he started his studies, he initially worked in various departments at TUI. After two years, he switched to environmental management at the tour operator as a consultant, where he primarily promoted the ISO 14001 certification of the locations and the sustainable development of hotel partners. Arne Ahrens is co-founder and Managing Director of blueContec GmbH.
Focus: energy consulting, energy audit, training courses and seminars
After training in building trade, Torsten Merker studied industrial engineering. This was followed by engineering positions at LURGI and HOCHTIEF AG as well as two positions as Managing Directors in medium-sized companies, among others, at a university-related project management company for energy and resource efficiency. Since 2006 he has been a consultant for energy and resource efficiency. Torsten Merker has been a partner and Managing Director of blueContec GmbH since 2017.
Maria is a Biologist, specialized in sustainability in Tourism. During 1993-2012 she gained extensive experience working for the leading Greek hotel chain GRECOTEL S.A. with TUI AG. She had been responsible for 25 hotels in Greece, organizing their sustainable management, food safety and hygiene. As a manager of that Division, she achieved several national and international recognitions and awards. Maria currently works as Sustainability consultant in Hospitality in cooperation with us in Germany.
Local Food Experts
The Local Food Experts on Crete are our competence partner in the field of sustainable agriculture and tourism on Crete. Together we worked on the vision of the "Sustainable Food Destination Crete" promoted by the TUI Care Foundation & Futouris.