Drastic measures need to be taken to curb global warming. Emissions from using products or manufacturing materials must be put to the test.
According to the latest IPCC report, a temperature rise below 1.5°C would mean that the global CO2 emissions would have to drop by 45 percent by 2030 compared to the level from 2010, and would have to reach a net zero point by 2050. Recommendation of the authors: The human race must decouple economic growth from environmental effects and resource use.
Our response has two priorities: Firstly, we want to reduce our direct emissions. This is achieved by improving overall energy efficiency and substituting non-renewable energy sources with renewable energy sources. Secondly: Emissions can also be reduced in that we, for instance, reconsider business trips, use video conferences and reduce our fleet of cars.
Reducing emissions also depends on optimizations along our supply chain. Hot spots in our supply chain in which emissions are high include the production of the materials and the disposal phase of our products. In both cases, the effects are indirect. Nevertheless, we will push the use of recycled material instead of new material, and also further develop our product design to ensure efficient recycling.
Our goals and measures:
In our current Sustainability Report 2018 we address the emissions from our in-house activities (Scope 1) and the emissions from our energy supply (Scope 2). Emissions from indirect activities outside of Greiner (Scope 3) are also to be incorporated in the reporting by 2021.