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As a future-oriented company, we want to take responsibility for creating products, product development as well as our own company 'sustainably'. We define 'sustainable' in the aspect of resource use, material selection, service and recycling, while complying with the ecological definition sustainability as well. This is an process that is sure to become more important over the next few years and must be balanced with current and future market conditions and has to be considered from a global perspective.
In addition to the annual auditing of our work processes, quality requirements and the continuous improvement in accordance with ISO 9001: 2015, we have now externally checked and certified with regard to our corporate carbon footprint and are proud to be able to act as a "climate-neutral" company from 2019 onwards thus also contributing to the reduction of global CO2 emissions!
The Corporate Carbon Footprint accounts for the carbon dioxide emitted and other greenhouse gases generated as part of business operations. These are recorded, the sources and reduction options identified and, in a first step, compensated for by conceptual projects and ideally directly reduced by appropriate investments and measures for future operation.
We are also pleased that topics such as alternative and regenerative materials as well as the reduction of plastics are increasingly being reflected and implemented by some of our customers during the product development process.
The result shows that about 1/3 of the CO₂ recorded in our company balance sheet is not emitted directly by the company as such, but rather by employees through their commute to work.
We have been able to successfully reduce the output of business trips and our company car fleet in recent years by participating after the first personal meetings at the start of the project - which are still extremely important for the exact specification of the task and the joint team building Many of our customers make weekly jour fixes via web conferencing.
With large customers from China and the US, we have been so successful in working together for several years without a single flight! This prevents CO₂ emissions and saves valuable time for both parties.
In the next few years we will tackle the other major component of the oil heating system, which is based on the history of our own building. After having procured a significantly more efficient burner several years ago, it is now necessary to carefully examine alternatives that can be integrated into the existing building structure at the same time. No easy and also a costly task.
In terms of power consumption, we are relatively well despite 1,000 square meters of production and a number of IT infrastructure. Here, too, we will be examining a switch to green electricity from local hydropower and, if necessary, in the medium term in the investment in our own PV systems and buffer storage.
However, the biggest block is the daily commute distance of our employees. Here again you can see very impressively that climate protection also starts with each individual. Some of our employees commute by bike or have carpools. The connection to the public transport is, however, despite relatively opposite station with 1-2 trains per hour relatively poor. Maybe we can think of something here together with the employees ...
All in all, BUSSE is on a solid path to reduced CO₂ emissions.
The environment and the associated air is a common good. It can not be fully owned by anyone, so no one feels responsible. Companies are responsible for a large part of the emitted emissions. The exhaust gases are negative external effects that have a detrimental effect on the general population. Basically, there are three solutions for dealing with this so-called tragedy of commons.
One possibility is to reward people and companies who handle the common good carefully. However, this possibility is not an option for the EU since such systems can only be used in small independent groups such as e.g. small aboriginal states workable. A second option would be to limit the days on which CO2 may be emitted. This proposal was also rejected as, as a result of this measure, companies would make their production more efficient in order to avoid the problem of limiting production by restricting production.
The EU has opted for the third option, the so-called Individual Transferable Quotas (ITQs). This means introducing a system that grants rights to the common good. It is a self-controlling system because the parties check.
This system has already been used successfully in other variants: in New Zealand, e.g. caught too much tuna, the stock sank and the fishermen became poorer. The sea was overfished. As a result, the fishermen became dissatisfied and sought a solution. It has opted for the system of ITQs and limited the mass of fish a fisherman may catch a year. In addition, the fishermen were allowed to sell or buy their ITQs. The fish population has not only recovered, but has risen dramatically. The limitation of the days would probably have used nothing, because you can deal with large fishnets the problem of a lower catch and thus have achieved no positive effect on the tuna stock.
In order to avoid the tragedy of the commons and the associated negative externalities, the Emissions Trading System (ETS) was adopted in 2005 as the central instrument of the European Union for the cost-effective reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. It covers all installations in industry and the electricity industry, which covers about 45% of European greenhouse gas emissions.
The idea is to set a cap on emissions of greenhouse gases that are harmful to the climate, and to issue CO2 allowances within that ceiling that entitle companies to emit CO2. The aim of this price on CO2 is to create investment incentives for climate-friendly technologies and processes.
BDE is now part of this EU ETS; because we care deeply about the environment and future generations.
There is still criticism of the system: One point of critique, which is criticized, among others, by the WWF, are the relatively low prices for the certificates. As long as the price is bearable, there is no incentive for companies to develop their production in a more climate-friendly way. Therefore, we would like to promote this point on our own initiative for our company in the next few years.
All in all, therefore, it can be said that this system was an international model and, according to figures from the European Commission, could already reduce emissions. BDE is proud to be part of this system to reduce CO2 emissions.
As a first step that can be implemented in the short term, we offset our current CO2 emissions by purchasing certificates. These represent the European Commissions voluntary decision on the question of lower CO2 emissions.
In 2019, we are investing in the following Gold Standard-tested international climate protection projects:
+ Wind, Taiwan, Infratest Changbin
+ Solar Thermal Project India, Godawari, 50MW
+ Cookstoves, Ghana, Gyapa
In addition to the previous design criteria formulated by the founder Rido Busse back in 1959, which are becoming even more important due to the diminishing of technical differentiation possibilities in the 21st century, we want to use the anniversary to expand these design criteria by the aspects of sustainability and future viability and also in daily work discuss with our customers how to make current product developments more forward-looking and sustainable, without losing their cost-effectiveness and competitiveness.