Shaping the path to a carbon neutral company
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.
What does complete carbon neutrality within the enterprise mean?
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.
... as an integral part of corporate strategy can have positive ecological and economic effects
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.
How your project will succeed
In addition to the many technical capabilities, there are other success factors on the road to carbon neutrality.
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.
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.
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.