Sus­taina­bi­li­ty at Klasmann-Deilmann

Sus­taina­bi­li­ty is cen­tral to our cor­po­ra­te stra­te­gy. We report com­pre­hen­si­ve­ly and trans­par­ent­ly about our acti­vi­ties. We want the public to be awa­re of the way in which we have pla­ced sus­taina­bi­li­ty firm­ly at the fore­front of our busi­ness prac­ti­ces. And we want to remain the most sus­tainab­le com­pa­ny in the sub­stra­te industry.

Cli­ma­te per­for­mance in 2018

On the basis of cor­po­ra­te data for the finan­cial years 2016 and 2018 we have com­mis­sio­ned the cal­cu­la­ti­on of a car­bon foot­print at both com­pa­ny and pro­duct levels. It was audi­ted and veri­fied by SGS United King­dom Ltd. (Cheshire, UK) with regard to its assump­ti­ons, func­tion and inter­nal logic in accordance with the ISO 14064–1 stan­dard and at a limi­ted level of assurance.

Below, emis­si­on levels are given for 2018 com­pa­red with the ‘base year’ of 2016 in t CO2e. More detail­ed infor­ma­ti­on is given in our latest Sus­taina­bi­li­ty Report.

Extrac­tion areas

  • 2018: 70,471 t CO2e
  • 2016: 60,682 t CO2e

Ener­gy consumption

  • 2018: 23,084 t CO2e
  • 2016: 21,357 t CO2e


  • 2018: 83,412 t CO2e
  • 2016: 85,599 t CO2e

Exter­nal suppliers

  • 2018: 51,981 t CO2e
  • 2016: 43,157 t CO2e

Car­bon foot­print for the com­pa­ny as a whole

  • 2018: 228,948 t CO2e
  • 2016: 210,795 t CO2e

Pro­duct Car­bon foot­print per m³ substrate

  • 2018: 58.73 kg CO2e
  • 2016: 59.40 kg CO2e

Emis­si­ons avoidance

A ‘posi­ti­ve’ car­bon foot­print (inclu­ding only car­bon-posi­ti­ve mea­su­res) has also been drawn up for 2018. It dis­c­lo­ses how many emis­si­ons from fos­sil ener­gy sources such as coal, oil and gas are avoided by the use of our rene­wa­ble ener­gy sources, and cap­tu­red by forest resour­ces. Com­pa­red with the ‘base year’, avoided emis­si­ons decre­a­sed from 18,881 t CO2e (2016) to 16,240 t CO2e (2018).

Pro­duct car­bon footprint

The data for the cor­po­ra­te car­bon foot­print can be con­ver­ted for indi­vi­du­al pro­ducts, crea­ting pro­duct car­bon foot­prints (PCFs). Fur­ther details of the ‘crad­le to gate’ and ‘crad­le to gra­ve’ sys­tem bounda­ries are given in our latest Sus­taina­bi­li­ty Report.

Base sub­stra­te’ (reci­pe no. 70413) on the basis of white peat

  • 36.56 kg CO2e/m3 „crad­le to gate”
  • 216.22 kg CO2e/m3 „crad­le to grave”

Pot­g­rond P’ (reci­pe no. 70002) on the basis of black peat

  • 24.22 kg CO2e/m3 „crad­le to gate”
  • 245.17 kg CO2e/m3 „crad­le to grave”

KKS orga­nic tray sub­stra­te’ (reci­pe no. 70062) on the basis of black and white peat

  • 39.66 kg CO2e/m3 „crad­le to gate”
  • 195.78 kg CO2e/m3 „crad­le to grave”

Seed­ling sub­stra­te‘ (reci­pe no. 70080) on the basis of black peat, white peat and coco pith

  • 32.77 kg CO2e/m3 „crad­le to gate”
  • 184.76 kg CO2e/m3 „crad­le to grave”

BP sub­stra­te’ (reci­pe no. 70698) on the basis of a blend of black and white peat with wood fibre

  • 25.77 kg CO2e/m3 „crad­le to gate”
  • 168.05 kg CO2e/m3 „crad­le to grave”