Climate protection has been important to syracom for a long time. Our employees are actively involved in projects such as the replanting and maintenance of the meadow orchard that syracom owns in Wiesbaden and the establishment of bees on this meadow. It is important to us as a company to act in an environmentally conscious and socially responsible manner.
At the end of 2017, syracom decides to determine its own CO₂ footprint and offset the CO₂ emissions caused by its business activities. Together with our climate partner Naturеfund, we support various climate protection projects. As a CO₂-neutral company, syracom received the Blue Planet Certificate for this.
Our first project was planting trees in the rainforests of Madagascar. This offset the CO₂ emissions in 2017. For 2018, we have selected two new projects: Flowering Meadows in our region and Trees for the Bears in Spain. In 2020, as well as a year earlier, we are levelling our emissions through peatlands - the most effective carbon stores. To do this, we are protecting the moorland north of Bremen. In parallel, we support the reforestation of the Rheingau forest, which suffered significant damage from Storm Erik in 2017.
The current carbon footprint is produced every year as part of an in-house project. It makes transparent where in the company how much CO₂ is generated.
And now to the individual steps of our carbon footprint.
First, all sources of CO₂ emissions in the company are identified and recorded. These CO₂ emission sources are divided into workplace, mobility, events and other consumption. These sources are also examined to determine the extent to which CO₂ savings are possible.
syracom recorded all CO₂ sources and determined which of them should be included in the balance. Areas were left out for which no CO₂ values were available or for which the determination would have been very time-consuming. In this way, our CO₂ emissions tree was created as the basis for the annual calculation of our CO₂ footprint. The reduced emissions tree includes a branch on which the way of compensation is determined. Furthermore, there are areas where savings can be made.
All data for calculating CO₂ emissions can be collected on the basis of the adjusted tree diagram. The annual calculation is made using a CO₂ calculation scheme provided by the Federal Office for the Environment and the non-profit organisation Naturefund e.V.. The CO₂ emission values of the individual areas are added together and converted into CO₂ compensation sources such as planted trees, newly planted or renaturalised grassland and orchards or protected biotopes. A flat rate of 20 to 30 per cent is then added to the calculated total value to compensate for inaccuracies.
Once the CO₂ footprint has been determined, it is time to decide how we will offset our CO₂ emissions. Our climate protection partner offers numerous projects for this. In the following year. this year, we decided to protect the Hamberger Moor north of Bremen. Peatlands store much more carbon dioxide than any other ecosystem and provide important habitat for biodiversity.
The non-profit nature preservation organization Naturefund fights for the protection of ecosystems by awarding the Blue Planet Certificate. Since healthy forests and soil store large quantities of CO₂, Naturefund, with the help of its partners, protects forests, plants trees, and preserves other forms of ecosystems.
We are happy to be able to contribute our part to the protection of the last rain forest of Madagascar as well as its unique biodiversity.
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