Climate change is the greatest challenge for mankind since the end of the Ice Age. There is now global agreement that we urgently need to limit this man-made climate change. The success of emission reductions depends to a large extent on the voluntary and consistent action of industry in the industrialised countries. We are also prepared to take responsibility for the world we leave to our children and grandchildren.
This is the reason why we have brought in an external sustainability consultant and developed comprehensive climate strategies. First of all, we had the annual emissions of pollutants of the company and the production of our brands CECEBA Bodywear and Götzburg Wäsche determined, in order to compensate for these emissions by promoting various climate projects, such as the generation of energy from biomass residues or hydropower. Also at the company headquarters in Balingen, CO2 emissions have been considerably reduced. This is made possible, among other things, by the company's own block heating system and a large-area solar system. In addition, all employees actively contribute to the issue, for example by carpooling or using public transport.
Climate-neutral means that less CO2 is emitted as a result of our subsidies than would be the case without our involvement. This is not a matter of thinking regionally, but globally. The world must be protected, not just where we live. The following energy projects are supported by us in order to reduce the worldwide emission of greenhouse gases by fossil fuels.
Emissions saved: 260,946 tons of CO2
The Chamoli region in the north of India is characterised by a weak infrastructure and cold winters. At the same time, the population cannot be guaranteed a permanent power supply. The project supports the construction of a river hydropower plant. The power plant feeds approx. 39.78 GWh of clean electricity into the regional power grid every year. The energy is used directly by the local population without harming the regional ecosystem. On the contrary: by using the electricity, the population can dispense with the traditional heating by wood and thus effectively counteract forest damage, soil erosion and reduced soil fertility. By providing clean energy, an additional 37,278 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year are saved.
537,545 tons of CO2
The climate protection project Godawari Power and Ispat Limited (GPIL) enables the operation of a 20 MW biomass plant in Siltara, Raipur. Biogenic residues, mainly based on used rice husks, are used as an energy source. As biomass is a CO2-neutral fuel, no greenhouse gas emissions are produced during production. As a result, fossil fuels are increasingly being replaced by the provision of electricity from biomass. The use of rice husks also provides a biofuel that does not require any additional land for the cultivation of biomass. In total, the biomass plant produces an annual output of 126.72 GWh. The rice husks are sourced in the surrounding province within a radius of 50 km from the plant.
542,740 tons of CO2
TÜV Nord Cert GmbH
The project involved 14 wind turbines from Suzlon with a capacity of 2.1 MW each. The project generates around 44,220 MWh of electricity annually. The electricity is exported to Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited. This contributes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by generating clean and green electricity and to the sustainable development of the region, environment and forests. India has specified social, economic, environmental and technological prosperity as the four indicators of sustainable development in the host countries' eligibility criteria for Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects. The project creates many direct and indirect employment opportunities in the region.
375,849 tons of CO2
TÜV Nord Cert GmbH
AdaniEnterprises Limited (AEL) is implementing a photovoltaic (PV) project with a capacity of 40 MWp. The project activity consists of amorphous silicon thin film modules with a capacity of 100/95 Wp. The project is located in Bitta, district of Kutch in the state of Gujarat. It will generate electricity from solar resources, which will be fed into India's north-west-west-north-east grid (NEWNE). This helps to reduce the gap between supply and demand in times of electricity shortages and increases the share of renewable energy in the grid mix. The project will reduce electricity generation in the NEWNE grid of fossil fuel based energy projects. This will help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels.
235,270 tons of CO2
TÜV Süd AG
The project activity was considered to use the water flow in the existing canal system to generate electricity. Without the proposed project activity, the electricity generation potential in the flowing water would have remained unused and the energy would have been generated with fossil fuels instead. As this is a canal project (without storage), it does not require resettlement of the population. Electricity can be generated whenever water is available in the canal. This depends on the crop harvest, as the water supply in the canal is controlled by the state irrigation authority. The water for the project is taken from the Abohar Branch Canal and returned to the canal after passing the Kaplan turbines with vertical axis. There is no direct consumption of canal water and no interference with the irrigation system.
A scratch here and there or a small dent? We don't mind, because if it's at all possible, we like to reach for a used box and give it a second life. Logistics can also be made much more sustainable and where we can, we use the climate protection lever. To make it easier to distinguish transport damage from used boxes, every reused box is given the unmistakable "I'm green" stamp.
Why are we doing this?
Because we have understood what the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change conclusively states: The avoidance of emissions costs only 0.6 % of the annual added value, while the elimination of the damage in the case of a "continued - as before" costs many times as much. We are aware of the special responsibility as a company towards future generations and have acted accordingly. Fokus Zukunft GmbH & Co.KG has determined the climate impact associated with our company for us: Our CO2 - footprint for the company amounts to approx. 502 tons of CO2 equivalent pollutants per year as well as 11,888 tons for the production of the brands CECEBA Bodywear and Götzburg Wäsche.accordingly we have compensated our annual CO2 - emissions by the acquisition of the climate protection certificates.
To illustrate: on average a German causes about 10 tons of CO2 per year through his lifestyle. For the compensation of our greenhouse gases we have received the award "climate neutral company".
What is climate change and what consequences does it have?
Climate change is the greatest challenge of our time. Not only is it an environmental issue, as too many people still believe, but it is an all-encompassing threat, as it will significantly change production and living conditions. Responsible for climate change are greenhouse gas emissions, such as carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and refrigerants, which have been emitted into the atmosphere in large quantities since the beginning of industrialisation. The main cause is the combustion of fossil fuels such as coal, gas and oil. As a result, the earth has already warmed by about 1.2 degrees Celsius. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates that the Earth's surface temperature will warm by an average of another 4 degrees Celsius by the end of the century unless we take even more decisive action. The international community has agreed that warming must be limited to below 2 degrees Celsius in order to prevent catastrophic consequences. However, the pledges made by individual states are only sufficient for 4 degrees. Closing this ambition gap will require additional and substantial commitment from businesses and citizens. The consequences of climate change are far-reaching, affecting ecosystems, the economy and health through temperature extremes and a change in precipitation patterns.
A further effect of climate change is the rise in sea levels, as water expands when it warms up and, in addition, a larger amount of water flows into the oceans due to the melting of glaciers and ice sheets. Not all regions are equally affected by climate change. Coastal areas and poor regions that have little opportunity to adapt to effects such as increased drought or heavy rainfall and flooding are particularly at risk. The result is increased poverty and flight from such areas.
What can we do against climate change?
"Solutions to climate change are not only found in research centres and laboratories, but also arise from the innovative spirit of those people who are most affected by this change. Many communities and companies as well as local and national governments, including those in developing countries, are already showing us the way to a carbon-neutral world. These efforts must now be expanded at the global level. Climate justice also requires that those wealthier countries, which are largely responsible for the increase in greenhouse gases and have also reaped the associated profits, help poorer nations to adapt to climate change. [Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General]
Solutions to climate change are demanded and increasingly implemented by citizens, companies, regions and cities. To this end, the Kyoto Protocol, a binding agreement under international law, was created as early as 1997 to regulate the greenhouse gas emissions of some emission-intensive industries in industrialized countries. It was continued in the Paris Protocol, which entered into force on 7 November 2016.
How are emission certificates generated?
The greenhouse effect is a global phenomenon, as the distribution of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is approximately the same. Therefore it does not matter where in the world greenhouse gases are saved or stored. The Kyoto Protocol, which is binding under international law, therefore stipulates that so-called climate protection projects that avoid or store greenhouse gas emissions should take place where they are most economical. Accordingly, there are many projects in emerging and developing countries, because the potential for savings through new technologies is still very high there and these can be used much more cost-effectively. In addition, the conditions for renewable energy plants (solar, wind, hydro and biomass) are often much more advantageous there. The initiators of climate protection projects - predominantly renewable energy projects - receive emission credits for their commitment, which can be traded in the form of climate protection certificates. The amount is calculated, for example, by comparing it with the emissions that would have resulted from the construction of a coal-fired power plant. In this way, emission reductions are achieved where the costs of avoiding one tonne of CO2 are lowest. In addition, emissions trading makes a significant contribution to the transfer of clean technologies to emerging and developing countries and to the sustainable economic, ecological and social development of the region, as well as to achieving the sustainability goals of the United Nations.
What are the advantages of climate neutrality for our company?
1. Contribution to the goals of the government, the European Union and the sustainability goals (SDG) of the United Nations.
2. Raising awareness among employees, suppliers and customers regarding the handling of finite resources. This changes positively the handling of energy and other resources in the company and in people's everyday lives.
3. Entry into the growth market "sustainable companies". The "climate-neutral" status enables us to distinguish ourselves in our market segment.
4. This currently enables us to play a pioneering role, positioning our company as progressive, innovative, partner-like and forward-looking.
5. Promotes awareness of the energy turnaround.
6. Due to its status as a climate-neutral company and its range of products and services, the company becomes a partner to its customers in the above-mentioned topics.
What happens to the CO2 certificates after they have been sold?
The purchased number of CO2 certificates will be decommissioned. This is important because this decommissioning is a prerequisite for the design and marketing of CO2-neutral companies. Without decommissioning, a CO2 certificate could possibly continue to be traded on the voluntary market, which would not result in any additional reduction in emissions.
Which projects are supported by the purchased emission rights?
We particularly believe in the future of renewable energies and the opportunity for sustainable growth, especially in developing countries. This is why we have invested in a local hydropower project in India.
For the compensation of our greenhouse gases, we received the award "climate neutral company".
Source: Fokus Zukunft GmbH & Co. KG, in Berg