Our commitment to sustainability

With the climate neutrality of our company we support the climate protection project hydropower, Virunga, D.R. Congo. We also promote the achievement of global sustainable development goals, such as combating poverty or improving living conditions in emerging and developing countries.

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By offsetting our corporate emissions, we are committed to climate protection and underline our sustainability commitment. The „climate-neutral“ label and our certificate with ID number guarantee transparency: you can track the offsetting of CO2 emissions via the ID and receive information on the climate protection project: www.climatepartner.com/13291-1905-1001.

This TÜV Austria certified process from ClimatePartner stands for Security and credibility in climate protection.

The principle of climate neutrality

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Companies are climate-neutral, Processes and products whose CO2 emissions have been calculated and offset by supporting internationally recognised climate protection projects. In addition to avoidance and reduction, offsetting CO2 emissions is another important step in holistic climate protection. Greenhouse gases such as CO2 are distributed evenly in the atmosphere, so the concentration of greenhouse gases is roughly the same all over the world. It is therefore irrelevant to global greenhouse gas concentrations and the greenhouse effect where emissions are caused or avoided on earth. emissions, which cannot be avoided locally, can therefore be reduced by noreferrer“>climate protection projects at a different location.

What is a climate protection project?

Climate protection projects demonstrably save greenhouse gases and make an important contribution to combating global warming. In addition, they promote sustainable development in the project countries, for example by improving the supply of clean drinking water, expanding local infrastructure, creating jobs or protecting biodiversity.

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A globally recognized standard, In order to measure these positive effects, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations offer a wide range of options. These 17 objectives include the fight against poverty and hunger, the promotion of education and the worldwide spread of clean and affordable energy. Each climate protection project in the ClimatePartner portfolio contributes to several of these goals. In order to make this effect visible, ClimatePartner shows the contribution of individual Projects to the different SDGs in each project. This enables you to understand which other objectives support the projects in addition to climate protection. For some projects, the additional contribution is so large that they are actually development projects with a climate protection effect – and not vice versa.

The ClimateMap offers a selection of worldwide climate protection projects with background information, pictures and videos. There you can filter by regions, technologies, SDGs and certification standards.

Criteria for climate protection projects

All climate protection projects must meet four basic criteria in addition to emission reduction: Additionality, exclusion of double counting, permanence and verification by independent third parties.

To prove compliance with the criteria, the projects are certified and audited according to strict criteria, such as the Gold Standard or the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS). This ensures and regularly confirms the climate protection effect of the projects. One of the most important requirements is that the projects are actually additional climate protection measures and that the contribution to CO2 reduction in the atmosphere is clearly measurable. The following criteria must be met by projects in order to be recognised as climate protection projects:

  1. a) additionality

It must be ensured that a project is only implemented because it receives additional financing through emissions trading. The project must therefore be dependent on revenues from emissions trading to cover its financing needs and must be able to prove this need. Projects that are economically viable anyway and would also be realised without this revenue do not fulfil the criterion and cannot be used to offset CO2 emissions.

  1. (b) Exclusion of double counting

It must be ensured that the CO2 savings are not already offset elsewhere. For example, a solar system whose electricity is marketed as green electricity cannot be used as a climate protection project because the positive climate effect is already attributed to electricity.

In addition, in the process of climate-neutralization it must be guaranteed that the CO2 emissions saved are only used once to offset CO2 emissions and that the corresponding certificates are decommissioned.

  1. c) Durability

The emission savings must be permanent. This criterion is particularly important for afforestation and forest protection projects. In these projects, it must be ensured that the forest areas are maintained for a certain period of time. An area of forest that is converted back into a pasture after a few years of slash-and-burn must not be recognised as a climate protection project.

  1. (d) Regular review by independent third parties

Climate protection projects must be reviewed by independent third parties at regular intervals in all the criteria mentioned. They monitor compliance with the relevant standards and determine the amount of CO2 actually saved. retroactive. Regular progress reports are therefore drawn up on the projects.

ClimateMap offers a selection of climate protection projects from the ClimatePartner portfolio. Do you need more information and background knowledge? ClimatePartner describes the functionality and the advantages of climate protection projects.

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