We are sustainable.
Always have been and will be in the future.

The consequences of global warming are becoming increasingly tangible and the pressure on companies is growing. Success in reducing emissions depends to a large extent on the voluntary and consistent actions of business in industrialised countries. We at Conradi+Kaiser GmbH are also taking responsibility.

Climate-neutral

We have had the greenhouse gas emissions for all C+K divisions recorded. By purchasing 8,999 climate protection certificates, we have offset our emissions and also made our products climate-neutral – an additional benefit for our customers.

With the certificates, we support a Verified Carbon Standard river flow project in India and have received the “climate-neutral company” award by offsetting our greenhouse gases.

DID YOU KNOW?

According to a survey by Statista, the per capita emissions of greenhouse gases in Germany in 2019 amounted to 7.9 tonnes.

Source: https://de.statista.com/statistik/daten/studie/153528/umfrage/co2-ausstoss-je-einwohner-in-deutschland-seit-1990/

CLIMATE-NEUTRAL PRODUCTS

We have not only had the carbon footprint for the company calculated (Balance Scope 1&2), but have gone the whole step directly. This means that we have also made all our products climate-neutral.

YOUR ADVANTAGE

With products from Conradi+Kaiser, you are relying on a closed economic cycle. A requirement that is becoming increasingly important when awarding contracts. An additional benefit: the climate-neutral production of our products!

Reduce cleverly, compensate cleverly

This greenhouse gas balance sheet provides a transparent overview of our company’s greenhouse gas emissions. The report thus forms an important component in our climate protection commitment and thus the basis for the coming years to work specifically on reducing our CO2 footprint.

However, we are also aware that a complete reduction of greenhouse gases is hardly possible and that climate protection is a global problem. Greenhouse gases are also distributed evenly in the atmosphere. Therefore, it makes sense to avoid emissions where the costs are lowest.

In addition, projects in emerging and developing countries contribute to improving the economic, social and ecological situation and support the realisation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. For emerging and developing countries, emissions trading is an essential driver for the transfer of clean technologies and sustainable economic development.

“With the compensation of emissions, C+K consistently pursues the company’s sustainability strategy. In addition to production in the sense of the economic cycle, all planning is based on an ecological concept.”

FAQ for the climate-neutral Company

The global community has agreed that global warming must be limited to below 1.5 degrees Celsius to prevent catastrophic consequences. However, the current pledges of the individual states are only sufficient to limit warming to a maximum of 4 degrees. In order to close this ambition gap, an additional and considerable commitment from companies as well as citizens is needed. We have recognised that voluntary emission reductions by companies are indispensable to effectively counteract climate change. That is why we have decided to neutralise our CO2 emissions and thus make a contribution to a future worth living. Because we do not only want to analyse the problems, but also tackle and solve them.

The carbon footprint is the measure of the amount of greenhouse gases (measured in CO₂ equivalents) produced directly and indirectly, by an activity of an individual, a company, an organisation, an event or a product. It includes the resulting emissions from raw materials, production, transport, trade, use, recycling and disposal. The basic idea of the carbon footprint is therefore to create a basis on which influences on the climate can be measured, evaluated and compared. This allows necessary reduction potentials to be identified, measures developed and their effectiveness evaluated. The corporate carbon footprint is the CO2 footprint of a company and the product carbon footprint is the CO2 footprint of a product.

According to the principle of CO2 compensation described in the Kyoto Protocol, greenhouse gases that are produced in one place on earth and cannot be avoided should be saved by climate protection projects in another place. To finance these, companies buy certificates of corresponding climate protection projects from the six available project sectors (biomass, cooking stoves, solar energy, forest protection, hydropower and wind energy). Each certificate represents 1 tonne of CO2 saved by the respective project. There are numerous climate protection projects worldwide, most of which support renewable energy projects. The initiators of these projects receive emission credits for their commitment, which can be traded in the form of climate protection certificates. The amount is measured, for example, by comparing it with the emissions that would have resulted from the construction of a coal-fired power plant.

We commissioned the external sustainability consultancy Fokus Zukunft to calculate the footprint of our company. The emissions balance was calculated using the official guideline of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol.

Within the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, emissions are divided into Scopes 1, 2 and 3, each comprising different types of greenhouse gas emissions. Scope 1 includes direct emissions from own energy plants. Scope 2 includes emissions that occur indirectly in the provision of energy for the company. Scope 3 emissions are further indirect emissions that occur throughout the value chain.

The calculation of greenhouse gas emissions includes the seven main greenhouse gases defined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Kyoto Protocol: carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), nitrogen trifluoride (NF3) and sulphur hexafluoride (SF6).

Not every one of the seven main greenhouse gases is equally harmful. Methane, for example, is 21 times more harmful to the climate than CO2, nitrous oxide 310 times and sulphur hexafluoride even 14,000 times. To compare emissions, all greenhouse gases are therefore converted to CO2. This is then referred to as CO2 equivalents.

The conversion of the collected consumption data (such as electricity consumption or fuel consumption) is done by means of emission factors, which indicate the emissions per unit (e.g. per kilowatt hour of electricity or litre of petrol). The emission factors come mainly from DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), but also from the GEMIS database (Global Emissions Model of Integrated Systems, IINAS) and the Ecoinvent database, and are updated regularly.

The initiators of the climate protection projects – mainly renewable energy projects – receive emission credits for their commitment, which can be traded in the form of climate protection certificates. The amount of the emission offset is measured, for example, by comparing it with the emissions that would have resulted from the construction of a coal-fired power plant instead of the generation of renewable electricity.

The carbon offset projects we purchase are each accredited, approved and controlled according to one of the three internationally recognised certification standards – VCS (Verified Carbon Standard), UN CER (Certified Emission Reduction of the United Nations) or the Gold Standard developed by WWF. The validation of the project results, in terms of CO2 savings achieved, is certified by independent testing bodies, such as TÜV.

The acquired number of CO2 certificates were decommissioned. This is significant in that this decommissioning is a prerequisite for the design and marketing of CO2-neutral companies and/or products. Without decommissioning, a CO2 allowance could continue to be traded in the free market, if necessary, which would not achieve any additional emission reduction.

Climate change is global, so it does not matter where CO2 emissions are emitted or saved, in the end it is the sum of greenhouse gases that is decisive. In Germany, the reduction or compensation of CO2 is very expensive, whereas in emerging and developing countries, compensation is cheaper. The Kyoto Protocol, which is binding under international law, therefore stipulates that so-called climate protection projects that avoid or store greenhouse gas emissions should take place where they are most economical. Accordingly, there are many projects in emerging and developing countries, as the potential for savings through new technologies is still very high here and they can be used much more cost-effectively. In addition, the conditions for renewable energy plants (solar, wind, water and biomass) are often much more favourable there. In addition, the projects in emerging and developing countries contribute to improving the economic, social and ecological situation and support the realisation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. For emerging and developing countries, emissions trading is a key driver for the transfer of clean technologies and sustainable economic development.

CIRCULAR ECONOMY

Several hundred thousand tons of used tyres accumulate every year in Germany alone. Incineration and illegal storage contribute to a not inconsiderable increase in the pollution of oceans and to the deterioration of the climate. As a company that has been bringing rubber granulate extracted from ELT (End of Life-Tyres) to new flowering for over thirty years, we are particularly proud to have been making this valuable contribution to the ecological balance for decades. In this way, we act entirely in the spirit of the Recycling Management Act.

OUR RAW MATERIAL “RUBBER GRANULATE” – SUSTAINABLE AND SAFE

We use rubber granulate recycled from old tyres as a raw material and use it to make new and high-quality everyday products. Rubber granulate is robust, insulating, shock-absorbing, flexible and sound-absorbing – properties that are reflected in all our products. This makes rubber granulate the most valuable resource for us and Conradi+Kaiser an important part of the processing industry in the complex of the circular economy.

ELT (END-OF-LIFE-TYRES)

RUBBER GRANULATE

C+K PRODUCTS

INITIATIVE “NEW LIFE
TURN OLD INTO NEW – IN THE HIGHEST QUALITY

The NEW LIFE initiative is supported by companies and associations whose declared aim is to use recycled material from ELT (End-of-Life-Tyres) as a sustainable raw material for high-quality products with a long service life. The companies behind NEW LIFE thus create real added value for people and the environment. Conradi+ Kaiser is a founding member of the initiative, which emerged from the Secondary Raw Materials Working Group in the German Rubber Industry Association (Wirtschaftsverband der deutschen Kautschukindustrie e. V. (wdk)).