Drees & Sommer has implemented extensive measures to reduce and compensate for its CO2 emissions that it is already climate positive in 2020. Although carbon credits still make a contribution to the company’s climate-positive status, they will be reduced step by step according to a clearly defined plan. At the same time we are to subsidize the planting of 75,000 trees per year from 2020, regardless of our climate footprint.
In line with our longstanding pioneering role in sustainability, since 2019 our sustainability strategy has included keeping an account of the CO2 emissions.
Result: the annual CO2 emissions of Drees & Sommer convert to around 3.75 tons per staff member. Business travel and our vehicle fleet account for the largest proportion of the emissions, at more than 80 percent. The remaining portion is caused by the use of energy to operate the office buildings.
We are now stepping up many of our measures to avoid and reduce fossil emissions generated by its operating processes across all corporate divisions. For instance, the electricity needs of all our German office locations and our own electric vehicle charging stations have been fully covered by renewable energy since 2012. We are also promoting climate-friendly mobility by offering bicycle leasing and car sharing. The majority of measures to become a climate positive company are also beneficial from an economic point of view.
By implementing all these and further measures, we are continuously reducing our carbon footprint and increasing our contribution to global climate protection. To achieve a positive climate footprint, we are also financing the planting of 75,000 trees per year by the global children and youth initiative Plant-for-the-Planet, which will result in the absorption of an additional 15,000 tons of CO2 per year. Our support will also enable young people to be educated and supported as ambassadors for climate justice.
Becoming climate positive is just the first step. Clear measures for further reductions in CO2 emissions are also defined in our blue way. These include social and societal involvement. Only when companies are on the way to becoming a beneficial company – the world will be prepared for the next generation.
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“We are currently in a temporary crisis. For this reason it is now especially important to keep calm and continue to think long-term. Real sustainability, along with digital transformation to enable important innovations, was the right policy in the past, is right for today and will be right for tomorrow.”
Steffen Szeidl, Member of the Executive Board of Drees & Sommer