Protecting the climate and environment
No effort is too great for a pair of white storks when it comes to building a safe nest for their young. They work together to collect up to a tonne of brushwood, lumps of earth, tufts of grass, roots, hay and moss. And they prefer to build their nests up high where it's hardest for their enemies to reach them.
Protecting what is important
We also bear responsibility as an organisation for the protection of the environment and the climate. Specifically, this means we have to contribute to climate protection and keep environmental influences as low as possible.
The future is climate-neutral
We want to continuously reduce our own CO2 footprint. That's why in 2017 we developed a new climate strategy that sets out targets and measures. The focus is on the reduction of carbon emissions released in connection with the sale of power and natural gas to our customers. This is because these emissions (Scope 3) constitute the majority of our CO2 footprint. We have defined concrete measures that will help us to achieve our targets. This also includes reducing our own energy consumption. All of our plants and buildings will be climate-neutral by 2030, meaning they will no longer cause any emissions.
Avoiding environmental impacts
Energy management – continually looking for ways to reduce our own energy consumption – plays an important role in our environmental management and helps us reduce our GHG emissions. Our environmental management is guided by the precautionary principle endorsed by the United Nations, and we've explicitly supported the UN Global Compact's ten principles since 2005. Our objective is for our business activities to cause no environmental damage and to have as little environmental impact as possible. In order to do that, all of our units must introduce environmental management systems that are certified to internationally recognised standards. We have captured this in our Group Guidelines. These certifications require that we evaluate environmental aspects and effects and make efforts towards continuous improvements.