Climate protection report 2012 – The basis for specific climate objectives

In accordance with the Tengelmann Climate Initiative, the corporate group has committed to significantly reduce its carbon footprint by 2020. But what amount of greenhouse gases is produced each year as a result of all our business activities? The Tengelmann Group was the first retail enterprise in Germany to be able to give a clear answer. The Group presented its first emissions balance sheet already at the end of 2007, recording the greenhouse gases emitted by all of its European divisions.

This climate protection report for 2012, now in its seventh edition, will again inform readers about our progress in meeting this target and compare it with the baseline measurement from 2006/2007. Indeed, the comparison of relevant emissions, that is the quantity of CO2 expressed as kilograms per m2 of sales area, indicates a substantial reduction of 29 per cent. This is primarily attributed to the transition to green energy as accounted for in the emissions calculation.

The inventory of greenhouse gases was drawn up by Tengelmann Energie GmbH (TEG). The Group’s own energy company used the internationally recognized measure defined in the “Greenhouse Gas Protocol – A Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard (Revised Edition)”. Besides emissions of the CO2 itself, the calculations also took into account the output of other greenhouse gases such as nitrous oxide (N2O), methane (CH4) and hydro(chloro)fluorocarbons (HFCs, HCFCs). The emissions balance sheet was certified by Ecofys Germany GmbH, an institute which also advises companies on the subject of emissions trading.

In coming years the Group will continue to monitor the development in its CO2 emissions in order to improve energy efficiency, highlight potential savings and reduce CO2.