Required energy and emissions caused
A strategic repositioning of the Group was undertaken in 2017 as a result of which various business units were sold and the formerly centralized energy purchasing was transferred to the area of responsibility of the individual business units. So that the decentralized energy consumption figures can be accumulated to a Group figure, a global standard for the recording of the figures was implemented Group-wide as of January 1, 2018. In order to make the recording easier, the already existing HSEQ software was expanded and users were trained in its use. It is our objective in 2018 to record approximately 80 percent of the energy consumed and the emissions generated. A complete recording and transparency is sought for 2020 and will serve as a basis for targets and incentives for the reduction of energy consumed and emissions.
We will calculate the volume of CO2 emissions that we cause on the basis of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG). According to this standard, we divide our emissions into three scopes: Scope 1 covers all direct emissions released by the company itself through the combustion of fossil fuels. Scope 2 covers the volume of energy purchased, such as electricity and district heating. Scope 3 encompasses all emissions arising in conjunction with the production and transport of raw materials, products, and waste, as well as with the business trips taken by our employees.
In light of their relatively limited relevance for our business activities, the emissions of other substances, such as nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulphur-containing emissions (SOx), and other greenhouse gas emissions such as carbon monoxide, methane, and chlorofluorocarbons are not reported.
How we want to achieve our goals
Our goal is to further reduce our energy consumption and the emissions that we generate. As a result of our strategic repositioning, we have not yet defined any Group-wide reduction targets.
In 2017, we comprehensively revised our vehicle fleet guidelines and will harmonize them on a Group-wide basis. In the process, the CO2 thresholds of the vehicles we use were substantially reduced. We are currently in the process of reducing the number of vehicle manufacturers available for leasing as well as the possible motor variations. According to plans, the policy on the use of the vehicle fleet will be adapted annually and also the CO2 thresholds of the vehicles that we use will be gradually reduced from financial year 2018.
We implemented our plans to significantly expand the use of gas cards in 2017. This measure helps to increase the transparency and the precision of the documentation of the fuel volumes that we need.
In addition, we strengthened our travel guidelines. Business class flights are no longer permitted within Europe. Besides a reduction of travel costs, this measure also leads to a significant reduction of CO2 emissions caused by our business travel.