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3.1° C

That's how many degrees higher the average global temperature is expected to be at the end as contrasted to the beginning of the 21st century if greenhouse gas emissions are not further reduced.1)

According to climate research findings, the increase must be kept below 2° C in order to prevent unpredictable and sometimes irreversible consequences of climate change. This can only be achieved through the consistent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

1) Maximum rise in the average global surface temperature during the period 2081-2100 as compared to the average global surface temperature in the period 1986-2005 under emission scenario RCP6.0 of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Only through the persistent reduction in emissions – such as under scenario RCP2.6 – is it likely that global warming can be kept below 2° C.
According to climate research, warming of more than 2° C poses the threat of unpredictable and sometimes irreversible consequences.
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Low carbon energy production

Power generated by offshore wind turbines produces about 50 times less CO2 per kWh than coal-fired power plants.1)

1) The figures for generation by wind turbines also include emissions produced during the production and disposal of the equipment. The bulk of emissions from coal-fired power plants is produced during the electricity generation process.

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Efficient energy use

25% of global CO2 emissions result from the private and industrial use of electricity and heat.

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Climate-friendly mobility

68% more electric vehicles were registered worldwide in 2015 than in the previous year. This means that by the end of 2015 there were 1.3 million electric cars worldwide.

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In Germany, the number of electric vehicles at the end of 2015 was still relatively low, at about 25,000. Germany's ambitious goal is to have one million electric vehicles on its roads by 2020.

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For the climate's sake

The Earth’s climate has always been changing. Warmer periods have alternated with ice ages. This sort of natural climate change differs from the one we are currently observing for one very important reason: It is caused by man.

Science has now left no room for doubt: emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2) significantly amplify our planet's natural greenhouse effect. As a result, the Earth's average temperature is rising. The increasing weather extremes such as floods, heat waves or storms that we are already seeing are the consequences of global warming.

Something must be done to address this. At the United Nations World Climate Conference in Paris (COP 21) in December 2015, 195 countries agreed to a new climate agreement, offsetting the course for a future global climate policy. The ambitious goal of the agreement is to limit global warming to well below 2° C as compared with the level prior to the start of industrialisation.

The energy sector will have to play a key role, because some 40 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions worldwide result from the generation of electricity and heat. In order to meet the world's growing demand for energy without harming the climate, we need to push ahead with the development of low carbon alternatives such as solar or wind power.

CO2 can be further reduced if we also lower our consumption. That is why it is important that we reduce energy consumption in industry and private households by taking clever steps to increase efficiency.

Lastly, there is the matter of transportation. In Germany alone, transport accounts for 18 percent of total CO2 output. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), without fundamental change, transportation-related CO2 will increase by 80 percent worldwide by 2030. This means climate-friendly mass mobility solutions are essential – including electromobility. According to estimates, sales of electric vehicles worldwide are expected to rise 90-fold by 2040 compared to 2015. This will in turn increase the demand for electricity. It is up to the energy sector to meet this demand in a manner that is climate-friendly.

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Climate protection across the board

As an energy company, we are aware of our responsibility to protect the climate. Through our strategic focus on renewables, we are expanding low-carbon power generation. However, indirect emissions caused by our customers' consumption of electricity and gas remain high. This is something we also want to tackle. That is why we are helping our customers reduce their energy consumption through innovative energy solutions.

Another important focus for us is electromobility. Our goal is to provide owners of electric vehicles with a comprehensive range of services and thereby make the future of transportation even more climate-friendly.

Anyone can check whether or not we are meeting our responsibilities for protecting the climate. For years, we have been very transparent in pointing out the direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions caused by our business activities. And we are willing to directly compare ourselves with our competitors. Since 2004, we have released information on CO2 emissions from power generation in our annual sustainability report and through the independent and non-profit organisation CDP (formerly: Carbon Disclosure Project). This is the fifth year in which we have we published the E.ON Group's total CO2 footprint.

Our carbon footprint 2016

CO2 equivalents in million metric tonnes

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1) For reasons of materiality, the calculation does not include internal consumption by district heating, however it does include relevant transmissions and distribution losses from electricity and district heating. These result in der largest percentage of Scope 2 emissions.

Direct emissions (Scope 1)

CO2 equivalents in million metric tonnes

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Indirect emissions (Scope 2)

CO2 equivalents in million metric tonnes1)

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1) For reasons of materiality, the calculation does not include internal consumption by district heating, however it does include relevant transmission and distribution losses from electricity and district heating. These result in the largest percentage of Scope 2 emissions.
2) Figures for upstream CO2 emissions were determined by geographic region ("location-based" method). 

Other indirect emissions (Scope 3)

CO2 equivalents in million metric tonnes

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1) Figures include private, commercial and industrial customers
2) Figure estimated on the basis of previous year values

The climate goal shows the way forward

As a provider of climate-friendly mobility solutions, we know exactly how much CO2 can be reduced in the transportation sector. Our own employees do lots of traveling every day. That is why we are also focusing on new, climate-friendly mobility options within our company.

As part of the pilot project "Mobil.Pro.Fit.®", we asked our employees "How do you get to work every day?" Since 2016, we have been participating in this initiative of the German Working Group for Environmentally Sound Management (German: Bundesdeutscher Arbeitskreis für Umweltbewusstes Management – BAUM) at three of our sites in Germany. As part of this effort, we expanded our charging stations for electric vehicles and installed shower rooms for cyclists. We also support working from home and encourage the use of local public transport. To boost employee participation in these programmes, we also organise regular campaigns on climate-friendly mobility.

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