We act consciously.
Environmental protection and resource efficiency play a major role in the context of our sustainability strategy – and they actually do so in two respects. With an internal focus, we work intensively to identify ways to minimize the negative impact of our operations and maximize the efficiency of our corresponding management processes.
By organizing our consumption of energy and resources more efficiently, we are not only helping to protect the environment, but also making the Group more efficient, and therefore more profitable. This is particularly clearly expressed in the following concrete objectives:
- By 2020, we aim to reduce our CO2 emissions per employee across the Group by 25 % relative to 2010.
- We also want the energy consumption per employee to be 20 % below the 2010 level by 2020.
Both across the Group and at the local level, we are implementing a large number of measures and projects designed to enable us to improve our energy efficiency and cut our greenhouse gas emissions.
With an external focus – and with disproportionately greater »leverage« – we apply our extensive technological knowledge in a close dialog with partners all over the world from the domains of science, politics, civil society, and industry to help develop solutions that minimize adverse effects on the environment, or offer an approach to make them more manageable.
Our activities in the area of environmental protection as well as occupational health and safety are controlled and managed within our HSE (health, safety and environment) management system. The HSE management system is an essential component for the integration of a Group-wide steering of occupational health and safety and environmental protection. An HSE guideline establishes a common basis of understanding throughout the entire organization and sets uniform worldwide standards for handling occupational health and safety and environmental protection issues. An HSE manager network consisting of regional and German Operations representatives is entrusted with the Group-wide implementation. We expect that the continued harmonization of our quality management systems will facilitate collaboration across national borders, thereby resulting in significantly greater process efficiency.
To achieve our environmental goals we have identified a set of measures. They focus primarily on
- using more efficient energy technology to serve our buildings,
- reducing the number of business trips through increased use of video conference technology,
- reducing fuel consumption and emissions through the use of more fuel-efficient company cars, and
- using state-of-the-art technologies to operate our data centers, test labs, and facilities.
|CO2 emissions per employee||t||6.4||5.39||5.28||4.97||-22%||-25%|
|Energy consumption per employee||MWh||26.6||22.29||22.01||20.52||-23%||-20%|
|*Base year 2010|
Concerning our objective to reduce emissions by 25 % relative to the baseline year 2010, we are on the right track. So far we have achieved a 22% reduction versus 2010.
It is clear that our continuous efforts to reduce energy consumption per employee are bearing fruit. A comparison with the base year 2010 shows that we have already saved 23 %.