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Shaping the path to a carbon neutral company

Two men walk through office in a carbon neutral company by Bosch Energy and Building Solutions

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time. Companies have an important role to play here. Sustainable management is becoming a social obligation. This not only helps the environment, but also has positive effects on business. How do you make your company sustainable and carbon neutral?

Icebergs are melting. The sea level is rising. Extreme weather events are increasing. Climate change is altering our world, affecting the environment, society and the economy. The effects are clearly noticeable.

It is high time to act. In order to limit global warming to a maximum of 1.5 degrees, a total of 420,000 million tonnes CO₂ may only be released into the atmosphere.

The pressure on companies has been growing. They are expected to limit their CO₂ emissions or even present a carbon neutral climate balance. In addition to protecting the environment, regional manifestations of climate change can also have a direct impact on business.

Employees, customers and investors are becoming more sensitive. They demand that companies implement transparent climate protection programmes and achieve visible success. Consumers increasingly associate the issue of the environment with securing future viability, prosperity, competitiveness and employment.

Melting glaciers. A carbon neutral building helps to prevent climate change - Climatec and Bosch

What does complete carbon neutrality within the enterprise mean?

Energy efficiency meassures overview

It means that processes, products and services do not further increase the CO₂ in the atmosphere. But despite all efforts, it is also clear that manufacturing companies in particular will not be able to completely avoid CO₂ emissions. However, they can implement compensation measures for this.

The Greenhouse Gas Protocol provides an international standard for the categorization of direct and indirect emission sources. These are classified into Scopes 1-3 according to their origin. Once the emission sources have been identified, companies should concentrate on optimizing Scopes 1 and 2 in the first step. Scope 3 is processed only in further steps.

Climate protection

... as an integral part of corporate strategy can have positive ecological and economic effects

Planet Earth shot from outer space with Eco-Signet

Bosch - a carbon neutral company

"Those who do not just consider climate protection, those who want to get serious about it, must answer three key questions: Why not right now, why not right here, why not ourselves?"

Dr. Volkmar Denner, Chairman of the Board of Management of Robert Bosch GmbH

Bosch is the first global industrial company to make its more than 400 locations CO₂-neutral by the end of 2020. In Germany, this goal was already achieved in 2019. Bosch is thus making a major contribution to climate protection and is playing a pioneering role worldwide.

Reducing CO₂ emissions: these measures yield results

What is the best way to proceed?

To find the appropriate measures for your company, industry-specific factors must be taken into account. Within the framework of an efficiency partnership, our experienced experts will bring you on board. Together with your employees, we identify potentials, develop the right strategy and go along with you into the implementation.

How your project will succeed

In addition to the many technical capabilities, there are other success factors on the road to carbon neutrality.

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Commit to the project

Set a clear strategic goal with a roadmap that integrates all locations. Becoming CO₂ neutral has a greater chance of success if it is clear to everyone that the issue is important to management and that this is being shown.

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Communicate transparently

The strategy, all projects and teams and of course the achievements should be regularly communicated and made visible. This way, all employees as well as customers and partners can follow the progress.

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Involve your staff

Use the know-how of your employees from their daily processes and let them participate in the energy savings. Energy costs can be reduced by up to ten percent through energy-efficient behaviour alone.

Carbon neutrality use cases

Rothaus Brewery - regenerative and efficient

Brewery focuses on sustainability

The Rothaus brewery generates around 70 percent of its energy requirements with regional wood chips. This saves CO₂ and energy costs.

Energy manager at the Bosch plant in Homburg

Bosch plant on energy diet

Associates at the Bosch plant in Homburg monitor the energy consumption of each machine. This saves several million euros a year.