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CO2 balance

Measures for the reduction of CO2

Schüco has employed diverse measures with the aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the future. A building monitoring system was introduced across all of the sites,the heating in large areas of the headquarters in Bielefeld was switched to low emission district heating, and new, uniform system management tools for optimising transport logistics were introduced.

Furthermore, since 1 January 2012, all Schüco sites in Germany have been purchasing green energy. With these measures alone, it will be possible in 2012 to reduce the emissions relating to electricity to 15% of the previous value. Other measures will now gradually follow. These relate to paper consumption and printing, the conditions and guidelines for business trips and travel, information and awareness campaigns. The focus here is on the Schüco employees who, with their conscientious day-to-day actions and their commitment to the implementation of climate protection measures, make a significant contribution to the reduction of CO2 emissions.

Calculation of the carbon footprint

Verification process
To calculate the carbon footprint of Schüco, data on CO2 emissions was gathered on energy consumed for production, lighting, cooling and heating all buildings, for transport logistics, business travel, journeys to and from work, as well as for paper and printing. All primary data was verified by TÜV NORD CERT and used to calculate the carbon footprint in accordance with standard TN-CC 020: 2011-08.

Results

2011
Schüco is using its first CO2 balance to lay the foundations for the sustainable reduction of CO2 emissions, and improved energy and environmental management. This assessment took into account all greenhouse gases relevant to the climate that were produced in 2011 through company and production processes in Germany. When calculated as CO2 equivalents, this amounted to approx 74,000 tonnes. At more than 50%, the energy consumed by buildings, including for production, constituted the largest proportion, followed by transportation services, journeys to and from work, business travel, paper and printing.

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Environmental management system of Schüco successfully certified

ISO 14001