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Environmental protection and climate neutrality

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Setting new priorities:
Climate neutrality decides our future.

As a company that is part of a globally active group of companies, we stand by our social responsibility and want to protect the environment and effectively counter climate change by voluntarily reducing emissions and offsetting unavoidable emissions.

Our current contribution to this goal is – in addition to the continuous reduction of our CO2 emissions – a neutralisation of our C02 footprint, i.e. the amount of greenhouse gases (measured in CO2 equivalents) that are generated directly and indirectly by our company. This takes into account the emissions generated by raw materials, production, transport and trade, use, recycling and disposal.

The result can be used to evaluate and compare influences on the climate. Necessary reduction potentials can be identified, measures developed and their effectiveness evaluated.

The ecological footprint: calculated by a neutral authority

We have commissioned the sustainability consultancy Fokus Zukunft GmbH & Co. KG. The emissions balance was calculated using the official guideline of the GHG Protocol (Greenhouse Gas Protocol).

The calculation included the seven main greenhouse gases defined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Kyoto Protocol: carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH), nitrous oxide (Np), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), nitrogen trifluoride (NF) and sulphur hexafluoride (SF6).

Not every one of these seven main greenhouse gases is equally effective. Methane, for example, is 21 times more damaging to the climate than CO2, nitrous oxide 310 times and sulphur hexafluoride as much as 14,000 times. In order to compare the emissions with each other, all greenhouse gases were therefore converted to CO2. This is then referred to as CO2 equivalents. The conversion of the consumption data collected by CONSTAB was done using emission factors, which indicate the emissions per unit (e.g. per kilowatt hour of electricity or litre of petrol).

For the years 2022-2023, we will be able to significantly reduce our ecological footprint compared to previous years through the voluntary use of 100% green electricity, as this will reduce SCOPE 2 emissions completely to zero.

Factors influencing the ecological footprint

  • Heat consumption
  • Fuel consumption in the company
  • Electricity consumption
  • District heating / cooling
  • Upstream energy-related emissions
  • Business travel and hotel accommodation
  • Travel to work by employees
  • Waste generation / waste water in the company
  • Consumables production and office

The fundamental goal is to reduce emissions

After 2020-2021, 2022-2023 we have now also achieved climate neutrality* for the years 2024 and 2025, so that in the long term we will voluntarily offset our remaining, unavoidable company-related emissions through compensation and thus continue to be a climate-neutral* company. In addition, we can significantly reduce our emissions by switching to 100% green electricity. In the future, we want to use these capacities for the climate neutrality certification* of individual products.

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Reduction of the ecological footprint

2020 - 2021 (7.462 t. CO₂e)80%
2022 – 2023 (4.144 t. CO₂e)45%
2024 – 2025 (3.920 t. CO₂e)37%

Projects supported with certificates

We give great value to seriously researched and validated projects when purchasing climate protection certificates. For some years already, we have repeatedly supported projects to offset our CO footprint. In this brochure you can find those undertakings which we support nowadays as well as information about the UN-SDGs they promote.

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We are happy to support reforestation – also in South America.

Together with our partner Treedom, CONSTAB has founded a “company forest” in Colombia and had 200 trees planted there by local small farmers at the beginning. This is not only intended to actively counteract climate change through CO2 storage, but also to consciously support the local small farmers in their livelihoods in the long term. Both objectives are in line with some of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and thus fit perfectly with CONSTAB’s sustainability programme. CONSTAB would also like to continuously expand the “corporate forest” in the future and raise awareness of this important issue among employees and other stakeholders alike by giving away tree sponsorships.

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*by offsetting with climate protection certificates