Climate change is man-made and – if the main greenhouse gas emissions are not immediately and radically reduced – will have devastating consequences for people and the environment. Both the flood disaster in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate this summer and the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change leave no room for doubt. One of the central tasks of the federal government emerging from the climate elections on September 26th must therefore be to transform the German economy as one of the key factors in the long term. How this can be achieved is shown by the Federal Association for Sustainable Economy and the Berlin Greentech Plan A, which are presenting a specially developed, free and publicly accessible CO2 emissions calculator for companies.
The emissions calculator, which can be accessed at www.plana.earth/bnw-emissionsrechner, now offers companies the opportunity to get an initial realistic assessment of their emissions profile. To do this, the tool asks a series of questions about company activities – from employee commuting to spending on electricity, heating or other services – and thus collects the necessary data across all relevant emission areas. The greenhouse gas emissions are then calculated and compared with industry values.
The methods on which the calculation is based correspond to the internationally recognized standard of the “Greenhouse Gas Protocol” and are therefore scientifically sound – this was officially certified by TÜV Rheinland Plan A at the beginning of September 2021.
Lubomila Jordanova, CEO of Plan A: “It takes decisive action and decisive measures to decarbonise our economy and make economic growth sustainable. And not sometime, but now. Politicians must immediately create the framework for this. So it is up to the next federal government to pursue an ambitious sustainability agenda and drive the transformation process forward. The tools are already available to us. That is why we are very pleased to be able to go live today with our emissions calculator, which we developed in cooperation with the BNW, in order to be able to offer local companies a reliable image of their footprint as a first step on their sustainability journey. “
Dr. Katharina Reuter, Managing Director of the Federal Association for Sustainable Economy: “Many small companies want to reduce their emissions on a sustainable basis. A carbon footprint is the first step. We are therefore very pleased that we can offer a free emissions calculator in cooperation with Plan A, which gives an initial overview of the company’s emissions values. Together we can still turn things around and avert the climate catastrophe. This requires political guard rails and efforts from all of us. “