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OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT

Why are we measuring our carbon dioxide emissions?

Carbon dioxide is one of the greenhouse gases that with elevated concentration in the atmosphere cause global warming. This can be attributed to the fact that the layer of greenhouse gases reflects an increasing percentage of the thermic radiation emitted by the Earth. An excessive carbon dioxide concentration in the air can lead to permanent global warming and, therefore, considerably upset the ecosystem.

Since 1970 the global carbon dioxide emissions has doubled. To us, climate change is a fact, not fiction.

As a consequence, we decided to initiate a companywide annual report on greenhouse gas emissions.

The report is aimed at providing an overview on both, range and structure of the greenhouse gas emissions caused by Greif Textile Mietsysteme, and serves as a basis for continued monitoring and gradual reduction of the emissions. For the years 2013 and 2014, the report covered direct emissions resulting from fuel consumption (Scope 1) as well as indirect emissions linked to energy supply (Scope 2).

Since 2016, we decided to include the recommended expanded measuring parameters for the Carbon Footprint, i.e. take other indirect emissions like business travel, purchased textiles or employee commuting also into account (Scope 3).

Since reporting year 2017 we first integrated our most important partner companies into our carbon footprint. For further information and details, find the Carbon Footprint Report 2020 below.

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Source: GHG Protocol 2011, p.5

 

The following chart indicates the relative emissions per turnover unit, per employee and per ton of processed textiles for the years 2017, 2018 and 2019. All figures shown are including Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions.

 

 

It becomes apparent that the emissions within the last three years show partially a noteworthy reduction. This resulted from reduced consumptions of fuels. Achieved on the one hand by significantly less use of heating oil and changed emission factors of natural gas. On the other hand we see positive effects by commissioning our new location in Berlin at the beginning of 2017. With cutting edge technology our subsidiary, is state of the art in energy consumption and energy efficiency. Furthermore we introduced a new washing process, which garantees advantages in efficiency. By the end of 2019 the new state-of-the-art washing process was implemented in all our subsidiaries to save more carbon dioxide emissions in the future. The slight increase in emissions per employee results from a natural fluctuation in the number of employees, compared to the previous years.

 

Click here to read the detailed report:
Carbon Footprint Report 2020

I often contemplate the future. After all, we‘ll have to spend the rest of our lives in it.

Martin Greif, CEO