Anyone who wants to take big steps must first know where they stand. CWS has therefore calculated its complete Corporate Carbon Footprint – and is now working on a systematic approach to reduce its CO2 emissions across its operations.
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Decarbonisation is a central aspect of the energy transition and all efforts for more climate compatibility. All over the world, countries, organisations and companies are therefore striving to significantly reduce their emissions. CWS is also working hard to decarbonise processes across all business areas and reduce CO2 emissions. The starting point: a thorough status quo analysis of the company's climate performance.
Full transparency: The Corporate Carbon Footprint of CWS
“To take climate action seriously, the CO2 emissions of our entire value chain must be made fully transparent”, says CWS Sustainability Manager Luca Costa. “We want to understand all the potential decarbonisation levers from a business and financial perspective as well, so that we can prioritise investments and evaluate the impact on our revenues.” As a start, CWS analysed all figures relevant to decarbonisation in 2021 and documented them in a complete Corporate Carbon Footprint. This included, for example, the company's own CO2 sources such as production facilities and vehicle fleets as well as emissions from purchased energy such as electricity and steam. The analysis ultimately showed that the company generates CO2 emissions of 218,000 tonnes per year.
Beacon projects for a cleaner future
Because climate protection cannot take place behind closed doors, CWS has published the key findings of the CO2 assessment in the current CWS Sustainability Report. “By publishing the figures, we are taking on maximum responsibility”, says Costa. The identified mark of 218,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions is now to be reduced with the help of strategic decisions and targeted investments so that CWS achieves its ambitious climate targets in the shortest possible time. The first steps have already been taken: CWS has launched numerous pilot projects for efficient energy management, which aim to drastically reduce CO2 emissions in the coming years. For example, the company has introduced an innovative cleaning concept in the mat laundries in Solingen and Olching that saves up to 30 percent of primary energy. It is estimated that the reduced gas and electricity consumption in the laundry in Olching alone could lead to savings of up to 280 tonnes of CO2 per year.
“Projects like this are the foundation for climate protection worthy of its name”, says Costa. “We will continue to test and introduce new energy efficiency measures to reduce our CO2 emissions.”
In the most recent CWS Sustainability Report, you can find out what the company is already doing today to create a healthier and safer world for future generations.