Climate change poses one of the greatest challenges for humanity and is the defining task of our time.
The consequences of global warming are becoming ever more noticeable, and the pressure on politicians and businesses continues to increase. There is now a consensus worldwide that we must act urgently to counteract human-induced climate change. Successful reduction of emissions depends to a great extent on voluntary and systematic action by companies in the industrialised nations. Accordingly, we at Brugger GmbH are ready to accept responsibility for the world that we are leaving to our children and grandchildren.
For this reason, we commissioned Fokus Zukunft GmbH & Co. KG to determine the greenhouse gas emissions caused by the activities of our company as well as those from upstream products. The results: direct emissions and residual emissions originating at Brugger 111 t CO2e, 60 t CO2e in total for incoming and shipping logistics and 3,280 t CO2e from production of upstream products. We accept full responsibility for the emissions we cause and those from transport of the products, and have compensated for them through purchase of a total of 346 certificates. Furthermore, we have purchased an additional 700 certificates as compensation for about 20% of upstream products in order to cover at least partially the emissions that actually should be neutralised by our suppliers. Through these certificates we are supporting a reforestation project in Uganda that has been certified by Gold Standard, as well as a project to promote hydro power in Mali under the auspices of the United Nations that has been honoured as Certified Emission Reduction (CER).
As a company, we are aware of our special responsibility to future generations and have acted accordingly. As mentioned above, our direct CO2 footprint is 111 t CO2e per year. This is a very low value for a company of our size and shows the efforts we have already made to achieve this relatively low value with our normal business activities. We use regeneratively produced electricity and our heating is based on thermal recovery and long-distance heating from wood chips and wood pellets. By way of illustration: On average, every German generates about 11.6 metric tons of CO2 per year from the way they live.
Greenhouse gases are distributed uniformly in the atmosphere. For this reason, it makes sense to prevent emissions where the costs are the lowest. In addition, projects in emerging and developing countries contribute to an improved economic, social and ecological situation and support achievement of the sustainability goals of the United Nations. For emerging and developing countries, emissions trading is a major driving force for transfer of clean technologies and sustainably oriented economic development.
This greenhouse gas balance provides a transparent overview of the greenhouse gas emissions of our company. The report is an important component of our efforts to protect the climate. Based on the values determined and the purchase of twice that amount in climate certificates, our company has adopted a climate-positive approach. For compensating our greenhouse gases, we have received an award as a "climate-positive company".Our company is thus one of the first in our industry to compensate its emissions voluntarily in accordance with the Kyoto Protocol.