One lever for reducing CO2 emissions at our own corporate facilities is saving energy. In 2018, we introduced the GREENBUDGET program throughout the Group to promote environmental and energy-saving measures – these can be submitted by subsidiaries globally and are prioritized on the basis of economic and environmental aspects. One example from 2019: The savings from switching to LED lighting at the locations in Metzingen (Germany) and Toronto (Canada) amount to approximately 1,200 MWh per year.
Our photovoltaic systems
With four of our own photovoltaic systems, we also contribute to reducing CO2 emissions by generating renewable energy ourselves. In total, approx. 850 MWh of green electricity is generated per year, the majority of which is consumed within the Company. This is equivalent to the annual consumption of around 170 four-person households.
Certified green electricity
By switching to renewable electricity, we want to further reduce our CO2 footprint. The power supply at the company's headquarters in Metzingen has consisted of 100% certified green electricity since 2017. Other locations in nine European countries also use green electricity. In total, 52% of the electricity consumed within the Group in 2019 came from renewable energy sources. This percentage increased significantly compared to previous years.