So do we. Just not in nature.
Whatever we do, the products we make and consume, the drive to work, or simply our homes, they all create greenhouse gases. That in itself is not so bad. But we are now emitting much more of them than can be sequestered in the atmosphere. This leads to climate heating.
So in the fight against climate change, we need to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. But to know where we can reduce emissions, we first need to know where we are producing them. That’s where the carbon footprint calculation comes in, identifying the high-emission stages of the value chain.
The calculation is based on the criteria of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, the internationally recognized and widely used standard. However, as the name suggests, not only carbon emissions are taken into account. The greenhouse gases methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, sulfur hexafluoride and nitrogen trifluoride are also converted into so-called CO2 equivalents and are thus included in the carbon footprint. The calculation distinguishes between three “scopes” in which the emissions occur.
The calculation of the CO2 footprint forms the basis for their reduction. Now suitable measures can be implemented to avoid and reduce emissions. Some emissions are not avoidable and are called “residual emissions”. These can then be offset by supporting climate protection projects and help to capture and save greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. When a company offsets all its residual emissions, it is “net climate neutral.” However, it is important to calculate the CO2 footprint at regular intervals. On the one hand as a starting point for reduction measures, but also to track their effect.
Unavoidable residual emissions can be offset by contributing to climate protection projects. Our partner Klimapatenschaft Hamburg supports you in this.
The climate protection projects can range from the promotion of renewable energies or low-emission gas stoves to the renaturation of moors. Since emissions have a global impact, it is possible that the geographical location of emission and compensation differs.
The compensation method through climate protection projects therefore contributes to greenhouse gases being bound from the atmosphere. This results in a balance in the global climate balance and the remaining emissions of your company are neutralized and thus no longer have a climate impact. After successfully offsetting the CO2 emissions of your company, you will receive the certification “Climate Neutral Company” through the climate sponsorship.