CO2 balances: Recognize, understand, avoid

The basis for active climate protection is a carbon footprint. It forms the basis for planning and controlling activities in all areas of the company. Only with the corresponding key figures are you able to recognize, understand and avoid your emissions.

The proven approach of a good climate strategy is based on the following three elements: Avoidance, reduction and compensation. In order to be able to act in such a strategy, one needs comprehensive information about one's own company but also about the supply chain or the use of products or services.

The initial step is to "identify" the emissions: Through a comprehensive analysis of existing emissions, for example in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, the various sources of emissions and the respective volume of emissions are recorded based on standardized criteria. Only when the origin of the emissions has been identified can the task of avoiding or reducing them be set in motion.

"Understanding" generates an overview of reduction and avoidance options by means of combined methods. Using the information obtained in the "Recognize" phase and the possibilities from the "Understand" phase, actual activities can be planned.

The degree of influence on the emission source is an important criterion. Priority should be given to the aspect of emission avoidance, followed by the reduction of unavoidable emissions.  

Activities that reduce the total amount of the CO2 balance are collected under "Avoid". Emissions that can neither be avoided nor reduced should be offset or compensated for via certificates from an appropriately qualified project.

Our Success Stories

Fenix Outdoor International AG

Fenix Outdoor is a signatory of the ten principles of the UN Global Compact on behalf of its brands and retailers, and is committed to making a positive contribution to the UN goals for sustainable development. As an accredited member of the Fair Labour Association, the company places great emphasis on ensuring health and safety in the supply chain and further promoting fair working conditions.…

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bremenports has been operating the infrastructure of Bremen's ports on behalf of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen since January 2002. With 390 employees, bremenports is represented in Bremen and Bremerhaven. In this success story you can read how ID-Report can be used in medium-sized companies and leads to measurable results.

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ID-Report is not just a sustainability reporting solution. Whether energy management or project reporting - the potential for supporting manual and decentralized reporting processes is possible.

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Here we are committed to more sustainability

If you would like to learn more about our own efforts to become a more sustainable company, you can find our understanding of corporate responsibility and our respective Communication on Progress for the United Nations Global Compact here. You can also find more measures and opportunities with which we support the transformation to sustainability here:

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