Sustainability

23.11.2015
Dirk Röse

Klasmann-Deilmann is on the right track

The Klasmann-Deilmann Group has published its fourth annu­al Sustai­na­bi­li­ty Report. Due to hig­her pro­duc­tion volu­mes, total emis­si­ons have increa­sed slight­ly. At the same time the­re was a decrea­se in emis­si­ons per cubic met­re of sub­stra­te pro­du­ced.

With their 2014 Sustai­na­bi­li­ty Report and cli­ma­te foot­print at both cor­po­ra­te and pro­duct level, Klasmann-Deilmann is con­ti­nuing on its path towards trans­pa­ren­cy and dia­lo­gue. Mana­ging Direc­tor Nor­bert Siebels said, “We are rein­for­cing our claim to be the most sustainab­le com­pa­ny in the sub­stra­te sec­tor.”

In the 2014 finan­ci­al year total emis­si­ons were 0.69 per­cent hig­her com­pa­red with the pre­vious year. This increa­se can be attri­bu­t­ed to hig­her pro­duc­tion volu­mes. On the other hand, emis­si­ons per pro­duct unit decrea­sed in the same peri­od. For each cubic met­re of sub­stra­te pro­du­ced in 2014, the­re was a good two per­cent less CO2 than in 2013. Thanks to the alter­na­ti­ve ener­gy sources gene­ra­ted in the Rene­wa­ble Ener­gy and Resour­ces busi­ness unit, 11,000 ton­nes of CO2 equi­va­lents were avoi­ded that would have been accrued if fos­sil fuels had been used. That is an impro­ve­ment of over seven per­cent in com­pa­ri­son with the pre­vious year. The cli­ma­te foot­print was veri­fied by inde­pen­dent experts in accordance with ISO 14064.

By cal­cu­la­ting and publi­shing our car­bon foot­print, we crea­te a high level of trans­pa­ren­cy. The mea­su­res we deri­ve from this to redu­ce our emis­si­ons reflect the respon­si­bi­li­ty we feel for cli­ma­te pro­tec­tion – now and in the future,” com­men­ted Nor­bert Siebels. In 2015, Klasmann-Deilmann was the first com­pa­ny in the inter­na­tio­nal sub­stra­te indus­try to start mea­su­ring CO2 emis­si­ons in Ger­man and Lit­hua­ni­an extrac­tion are­as in order to obtain even more reli­able data for future car­bon foot­prints. “The bases for cal­cu­la­ting emis­si­ons from peat extrac­tion in sci­en­ti­fic lite­ra­tu­re are far from being suf­fi­ci­ent,” exp­lai­ned Mana­ging Direc­tor Moritz Böcking. “Emis­si­on fac­tors were most­ly deri­ved from other values, never mea­su­red on the are­as them­sel­ves. That isn’t reli­able enough for our cli­ma­te foot­print.” Which is why Klasmann-Deilmann has com­mis­sio­ned expe­ri­en­ced experts to per­form CO2 mea­su­rements based on sci­en­ti­fi­cal­ly ten­ab­le cri­te­ria. The first results are due to be announ­ced to the public in spring 2016.

Par­al­lel to this, Klasmann-Deilmann has initia­ted fur­ther mea­su­res to redu­ce and com­pen­sa­te for CO2 emis­si­ons. During the repor­ting peri­od, for examp­le, land was purcha­sed for short-rota­ti­on forestry plan­ta­ti­ons whe­re the com­pa­ny can gene­ra­te its own bio­mass for use in coge­nera­ti­on plants. In addi­ti­on, by the year 2020, the sha­re of alter­na­ti­ve sub­stra­te con­sti­tu­ents is to be increa­sed to 15 volu­me per­cent of total annu­al pro­duc­tion volu­me. In order to redu­ce emis­si­ons from their own ener­gy con­sump­ti­on in the short term, Klasmann-Deilmann com­pa­nies based in Ger­ma­ny alrea­dy use sustainab­le elec­tri­ci­ty gene­ra­ted at hydro power plants with pro­of of ori­gin.