A self-made meadow orchard with beehives. A forest in the Rheingau region that we are reforesting. The syracom sustainability competition with ideas that we put into practice.Our business principle bee, business efficiency engineering - doesn't just sound like a bee, it helps to actively protect nature and the climate.
What can be more efficient than preserving the precious resources that are already available? At syracom, we made a firm decision back in 2012 to focus consistently on sustainability in all areas. In our syracom environmental guideline, you can learn more about what sustainable management means to us in detail.
In 2017, in collaboration with our partner Naturefund, we developed an innovative process that allows us to calculate our own carbon footprint. Since then, we always know where we stand and can adjust our business activities accordingly. In the last few years, we have initiated so many nature conservation projects in the process that our most important goal has been achieved: we operate in a CO2-neutral manner and are proud holders of the Blue Planet Certificate.
Best of all, our method also allows your company to easily calculate your own carbon footprint. We are also happy to support customers in this. The syracom carbon footprint is created in just three steps.
We categorize the CO₂ sources in our value chain according to the scopes of the German Sustainability Code. A distinction is made between direct (Scope 1) and indirect emissions (Scope 2 and 3). We have pragmatically researched and recorded the main CO₂ sources. In our day-to-day consulting activities, we hardly generate any Scope 3 emissions and mostly compensate our suppliers ourselves. Scope 3 emissions have therefore been ignored. The CO₂ sources identified are examined to determine the extent to which emissions can be reduced.
Now we convert the CO₂ sources of all company activities into kg CO₂. This is done using the CO₂ calculation scheme from the Federal Office for the Environment and the non-profit organization Naturefund. From the calculated total, we subtract the amount of CO₂ offset by our orchard and vineyard. This is how we obtain the syracom CO₂ footprint each year.
The result is presented to management with suggestions for offset projects and ideas for reducing emissions. At the same time, the process for collecting the CO₂ footprint is being considered and improved to present our result ever more accurately.
Once the annual CO₂ footprint has been determined, we select our CO₂ compensation projects. Here, the employees decide. They can submit their own projects. It is important to us that the following criteria are met:
The Federal Office for the Environment and our climate partner Naturefund assume compensation periods of about 50 years, depending on the ecosystem. Climate protection partner Naturefund offers a range of environmental projects. As a rule, one of our offset projects is also a Naturefund project. The amount of CO₂ calculated in Step 2 is converted into the amount of CO₂ compensation sources required, depending on the project: Number of trees and sqm of grassland / orchard or peatland, or protected biotopes. In view of the rapidly progressing climate change, syracom 2022 has decided to double the compensation efforts. Furthermore, the focus is on the clear reduction of CO2 emissions.
With the Blue Planet Certificate climate certificate, the non-profit nature conservation organization Naturefund is committed to protecting ecosystems. Since intact forests and healthy soils absorb large amounts of CO₂ and produce oxygen through the process of photosynthesis, Naturefund and its partners protect forests, plant trees and preserve ecosystems.
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