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Why are we a climate-neutral company?

Climate change is the greatest challenge facing humankind since the end of the Ice Age and is the defining task of our time. The consequences of global warming are becoming more and more tangible and the pressure on politicians and companies - not least through the Fridays for Future movement - is increasing. There is now a global consensus that we urgently need to counteract man-made climate change.

The success of emission reductions depends to a large extent on voluntary and consistent action by business in the industrialised countries. Accordingly, we at elka-Holzwerke GmbH are also prepared to take responsibility for the world we leave to our children and grandchildren. We have therefore had the greenhouse gas emissions caused by our company's activities recorded and offset them by purchasing a total of 13,645 climate protection certificates for the year 2021. With these certificates, we support a wind farm project in India that was certified by CER under the sovereignty of the United Nations.

We are aware of our special responsibility as a company towards future generations and have acted accordingly. Our climate impact as a company was determined by Fokus Zukunft GmbH & Co. KG: our carbon footprint is approximately 13,645 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year.

To give this figure a sense of perspective, a person in Germany causes on average some 11.6 tonnes of CO2 per year by their way of life. Greenhouse gases are evenly distributed in the atmosphere. It therefore makes sense to avoid emissions where the costs of doing so are lowest. In addition, projects in emerging and developing countries contribute to improving the economic, social and ecological situation there and support the realisation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. For emerging and developing countries, emissions trading is a key driver for the transfer of clean technologies and sustainable economic development. The greenhouse gas balance provides a transparent overview of our company’s greenhouse gas emissions. The report thus forms an important element of our commitment to climate protection. Based on the values obtained and through the purchase of an appropriate number of climate certificates, our company has been made climate neutral. We have received the ‘Climate-Neutral Company’ award for offsetting our greenhouse gases. This makes our company one of the first in our industry to voluntarily offset its emissions under the Clean Development Mechanism.

Dagmar E. Hilden-Kuntz  Dipl.-Kaufmann Leitung Nachhaltigkeit Director Sustainability

Dagmar E. Hilden-Kuntz

Leitung Nachhaltigkeit
Director Sustainability

Klimaneutrales Unternehmen

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The global community has agreed that global warming must be limited to less than 2 degrees Celsius - and better still to 1.5 degrees - in order to prevent catastrophic consequences. But the current pledges of individual states are only sufficient to limit warming to a maximum of 4 degrees. To close this ambition gap, an additional and considerable commitment is required from both businesses and citizens. It has become clear to us that voluntary emission reductions and the offsetting of unavoidable emissions are essential if we are to effectively counteract climate change. That is why we have decided to neutralise our CO2 emissions and we trust that this will contribute to a future worth living. Because we do not only want to analyse the problems, but also tackle and solve them.


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