Milestone CO2 balancepdf

Piepenbrock reaches a milestone with the first CO2 balance in the company's history. The services sector as well as the affiliated companies, LoeschPack, Hastamat and Planol, were inspected in terms of their carbon dioxide emissions in the years 2010 to 2015. In the process, Piepenbrock worked together with First Climate, a worldwide leading project developer and service provider for climate protection and water. The emissions calculations were orientated around the internationally recognised Greenhouse Gas Protocol and ISO standard 14064. The emissions factors come from scientifically recognised databases and are adapted in the event of new features. It includes the following six Kyoto-protocol-defined greenhouse gases, which are converted into CO2 equivalents by means of coefficients:

  • CO2 – carbon dioxide
  • CH4 – methane
  • N2O – nitrous oxide
  • HFC – hydrochlorofluorocarbons
  • PFC – halogenated chlorofluorocarbons
  • SF6 – sulphur hexafluoride

Emissions according to Scopes

In accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and ISO standard 14064, the individual emission sources are assigned so-called Scopes. The observation and, where necessary, compensation of Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions is an absolute prerequisite according to the protocol. The observation and compensation of Scope 3 emissions is not mandatory but at least 95 percent of all corporate emissions must flow into the greenhouse gas balance. In order to exclude an emissions source of less than five percent of the overall emissions due to insignificance, the emissions must first be calculated. Often, Scope 3 includes business trips, depending on the company and area of industry, but also the journeys employees take to and from work.

  Type Emissions sources
Scope 1 Direct emissions Heating, fleet park
Scope 2 Indirect emissions Electricity
Scope 3 Indirect emissions Business trips, work journeys, paper, water

Participation in manual for climate reporting

Piepenbrock supports the project entitled "Foundations for uniform reporting on emissions and climate strategy in Germany". The aim was to establish a manual for climate reporting. The campaign was set up by WWF Deutschland and CDP Deutschland and is promoted by the National Climate Initiative (NKI) of the Federal Environment Ministry. Companies of different sizes and from different areas of industry helped to define evaluative benchmarks in order to record emissions in a more uniform manner. This is intended to contribute towards a reduction in greenhouse gases and to help achieve ambitious climate goals in Germany. The companies tested a manual developed by one of the project initiators and also implementation aids for CO2 balances in terms of their practicality. On completion, a set of instructions was created that makes it easier for reporting companies to start calculating emissions. As such, climate reports ought to become more comprehensible and comparable and also offer greater utility value.

Gogreen certificate for Piepenbrock

Deutsche Post AG certified Piepenbrock for the use of eco-friendly products. Piepenbrock got the award for supporting the gogreen program: all carbon dioxide transport emissions get balanced. Moreover Piepenbrock pays an extra charge for every sending. The DHL uses 100 percent of the money for registered climate protection programs all-around the world. By this means Piepenbrock compensated 1,18 metric tons carbon dioxide in 2017.  Here you can see the supported climate protection programs in detail: http://www.dpdhl.com/en/responsibility/environmental-protection/green_products_and_services/climate_protection_projects.html

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Analysis of results 2017

Piepenbrock is a company with many employees and a large fleet park. Since the building services provider is mainly active in Germany, there are rarely any business flights. Almost 60 percent of the total emissions come from the work journeys of the about 26,600 employees, followed by the vehicle fleet accounting for 29 percent.




zzgl. 5% Safety margin

Total
26,671 t
Total 26,671 t
Development of emissions over course of time

The evaluation of the years 2016 and 2017 show a significant increase of the total emissions. This can be explained by a new accounting system for the work journeys of the employees. Since 2016, Piepenbrock has a much more detailed an thus more precise data base, causing a result which is considerably higher than the estimates of the previous years.

  2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Fleet park 7,987 7,771 8,232 7,262 4,949 4,747 4,938 7,831
Energy 4,132 3,667 3,901 3,500 2,986 3,273 1,187 1,316
Work journeys 3,535 3,789 3,807 3,807 3,807 3,807 15,906 15,906
Business trips 98 101 109 264 280 258 340 306
Paper 54 87 99 47 72 48 46 42
Safety margin 1,581 (10%) 1,542 (10%) 1,615 (10%) 1,488 (10%) 1,210 (10%) 1,213 (10%) 1,121 (5%) 1,270 (5%)
Total 17,386.00 16,967.36 17,761.77 16,368.20 11,221.00 10,968.71 23,537.71 26,670.98


Quality of activity data

For 85 percent of the total emissions (own properties, fleet park, paper consumption) primary data exists. Due to the uncertainty of the residual data, a safety margin of 5 percent has been added



  Type of survey Primary vs. secondary data Data quality
Energy consumption Accounting/controlling Primary data Very good
Vehicle fleet Fuel consumption and mileage on file Primary data Very good
Business flights and rail travel Mileage on file Primary data Very good
Rental cars Mileage for most bookings on file Primary data and estimation Good
Work journeys Work journeys and means of travel approached Estimation Good
Paper consumption Accounting/controlling Primary data Very good


Analysis of results 2012

A relatively high number of business trips are taken by employees from Hastamat. The greenhouse balance reveals a distribution of the emissions to emission sources and Scopes, which is completely within the area expected. Since this is a machine construction company, the power consumption in production is high. For international sales, many business trips are necessary, above all by plane. The largest percentage of the overall emissions is attributable to power consumption (26 percent), followed by the emissions from business flights (25 percent) and the journeys staff take to and from work (23 percent). The overall emissions rose between 2010 and 2011 by 4 percent. The year after, the increase was a further 6 percent. Compared with the previous year, there was an increase in emissions in 2011 above all from journeys staff take to and from work and from business trips; the energy emissions only rose by a small amount. The largest change in 2012 came from the greater energy consumption: The power consumption rose by 17 percent, natural gas consumption rose by 11 percent. As a result, the increase in energy emissions was 15 percent. The emissions from journeys staff take to and from work rose by 12 percent, though they dropped from business trips by 10 percent. The fleet park remained relatively constant throughout the period. The emissions from paper consumption are barely worth mentioning due to their low absolute volume. Indication in tons CO2e

Total
892.50
Development of emissions over course of time

The overall emissions rose between 2010 and 2011 by 4 percent. The year after, the increase was a further 6 percent. Compared with the previous year, there was an increase in emissions in 2011 above all from journeys staff take to and from work and from business trips; the energy emissions only rose by a small amount. The largest change in 2012 came from the greater energy consumption: The power consumption rose by 17 percent, natural gas consumption rose by 11 percent. As a result, the increase in energy emissions was 15 percent. The emissions from journeys staff take to and from work rose by 12 percent, though they dropped from business trips by 10 percent. The fleet park remained relatively constant throughout the period. The emissions from paper consumption are barely worth mentioning due to their low absolute volume.

  2010 2011 2012
Fleet park 283.39 288.99 339.11
Energy 221.25 230.67 210.32
Work journeys 71.89 72.54 73.34
Business trips 150.30 163.36 185.58
Paper 2.43 4.30 3.02
Safety margin (10%) 72.93 75.99 81.13
Total 802.19 835.85 892.50


Quality of activity data

For energy, fleet park and paper consumption, primary data exists. Collectively, these emission sources make up 51 percent of the overall emissions. For business flights and rail journeys, the carbon dioxide calculation from the travel office was used though it could not be checked against primary data. Since a staff survey about the journeys they take to and from work is time and labour intensive, distances and means of transport were estimated. Plane travel and work journeys make up 48 percent of the total emissions in all, which is why it makes sense to employ a safety margin of 10 percent owing to the uncertainty.

  Type of survey Primary vs. secondary data Data quality
Energy consumption Accounting/controlling Primary data Very good
Fleet park Fuel consumption and mileage on file Primary data Very good
Business flights and rail travel Calculation of emissions adopted from travel agency No primary data Satisfactory
Hire cars Emissions calculation adopted from car hire company Primary data on file Good
Work journeys Work journeys and means of travel estimated Estimation Satisfactory
Paper consumption Accounting/controlling Primary data Very good


Analysis of results 2012

For a company with a relatively high volume of business trips, LoeschPack's greenhouse gas balance is spread over emission sources and Scopes, which is to be expected. Since this is a machine construction company, the power consumption in production is relatively high. For international sales, many business trips are necessary, above all by plane. The largest percentage of the overall emissions is attributable to power consumption (55 percent), followed by the emissions from business flights (17 percent) and the journeys staff take to and from work (14 percent).

Total
3030.22
Development of emissions over course of time

Compared with 2011, the overall emissions in the ensuing year rose by 26 percent. This increase is largely attributable to a considerable increase in the volume of business trips. The emissions from business flights rose by 41 percent while, owing to the greater number of employees, the emissions from the journeys employees take to and from work increased by 14 percent. The emissions from energy consumption, on the other hand, which were about a quarter of the overall emissions in 2012, stayed almost the same. The consumption of heating oil also dropped again, though the consumption of electricity increased as before. Compared with 2011, fleet park emissions remained unchanged. The emissions from paper consumption are not worth mentioning due to their low absolute volume.

  2010 2011 2012
Fleet park 666 665 688
Energy 817 969 1631
Work journeys 121 163 163
Business trips 282 336 392
Paper 10.49 9.5 10.68
Safety margin (10%) 94.83 107.2 144.3
Total 1991.32 2251.28 3030.22


Quality of activity data

The data about energy, fleet park fuel and paper consumption are actual consumption figures. For flights and rail travel, the emissions calculation from the travel agency was adopted. This calculation takes account of a Radiative Forcing Index (RFI) of 2.7. The figures regarding the distances covered by hire cars come from details provided by the car hire company. The results of a staff survey from 2010 were rounded up for 2012. The distance of the journeys to and from work was calculated. Here, a conservative estimation was made for the passenger vehicle used by all staff as a means of transport. Overall, the data quality is rated as satisfactory to good. A safety margin of 10 percent was used once again.

  Type of survey Primary vs. secondary data Data quality
Energy consumption Accounting/controlling Primary data Very good
Fleet park Fuel consumption and mileage on file Primary data Very good
Business flights and rail travel Calculation of emissions adopted from travel agency No primary data Satisfactory
Hire cars Emissions calculation adopted from car hire company Primary data on file Good
Work journeys Staff survey (2010) Primary data Satisfactory
Paper consumption Accounting/controlling Primary data Very good


Analysis of results 2012

The energy-intensive production of cleaning agents leads to a one-sided distribution of emissions at Planol. The consumption of heating oil in production is relatively high as can be expected (about 64 percent). At the same time, production requires a great deal of electricity. Due to the site-dependent manufacture with a very small sales department, the business trips play a subordinate role in the greenhouse gas balance. A larger percentage is attributable to the journeys taken to and from work. Paper consumption, on the other hand, is negligible.

Total
268.38
Development of emissions over course of time

Due to a low heating oil consumption as well as a further reduction in the fleet park from three to two vehicles (reduction in diesel consumption of 60 percent), the company emissions dropped compared with the previous year. The journeys made to and from work by car are fewer by two employees, which means that the overall distance compared with 2011 is 10 percent lower. The heavily declining consumption of paper compared with the previous year is barely noticeable owing to the low absolute figures in the overall balance.

  2010 2011 2012
Energy consumption 250.19 228.27 220.08
Fleet park 16.08 13.15 5.26
Work journeys 19.51 20.54 18.49
Paper consumption 0.46 0.43 0.15
Safety margin (10%) 28.62 26.24 24.40
Total 314.86 288.63 268.38
Indication in tons CO2e


Quality of activity data

For Planol, primary data is available for all emissions sources. For the journeys taken by employees to and from work, a survey was carried out at the start of 2013, which takes account not only of the distance but also the means of transport. The results of the survey were carried over to the previous years. For 18 members of staff in 2012, the associated uncertainty is minimal. The data quality overall is therefore rated as very good. Accordingly, it is acceptable to reduce the safety margin to 5 percent.


  Type of survey Primary vs. secondary data Data quality
Energy consumption Accounting/controlling Primary data Very good
Fleet park Fuel consumption and mileage on file Primary data Very good
Work journeys Work journeys and means of transport (2013) Primary data Good to very good
Paper consumption Accounting/controlling Primary data Very good


Environment

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