What is “climate neutral”?

Jun 29, 2022

What does it really mean to be “climate neutral”? Whilst our Bad Boll site has been 100 % C02 neutral since 2020. Eighty-five percent of this is “true” neutrality – i. e., the targeted avoidance of C02 emissions. The remaining 15 % of unavoidable emissions we offset using atmosfair, which supports climate protection projects around the world. Our vision? To set the entire value chain on the path towards climate neutrality.

The truth behind the claim.

Full disclosure: there’s no such thing as total climate neutrality. Every business-associated action has consequences for the planet. And yet many companies proudly wear the “climate neutral” badge without actually reducing their CO₂ emissions. From our point on view, offsetting only combats the effects of climate-damaging gases. We want to eliminate their root cause and bring all our emissions as close to zero as possible – including along our global value chain. To do so requires four-times the investment compared to offsetting alone.

We take responsibility.

In January 2020, we switched fully to biomethane produced by waste materials. With this switch, we avoid producing approximately 2,000 tonnes of CO₂ per year. That’s the equivalent of reforesting an area roughly the size of 27-35 football pitches. We are also continuously expanding our photovoltaic systems. We now obtain 94 % of our total energy requirements from renewable sources.

Saving energy with healthy soils.

For us, climate neutrality is directly anchored in nature. Our organic farming methods require 30-50 % less energy and much less water. Our naturally nutrient-rich soil does not need fertiliser and stores more carbon.

It’s not just the content that counts.

We make sure our materials can stay in the material cycle for as long as possible. By using aluminium tubes made from recycled industrial waste, we achieve energy savings of 95 %. By 2025, we want 90 % of our packaging materials to be recyclable.

Home grown.

We not only grow organically, but also regionally. 70 % of our fresh plants are regionally sourced. And short transport distances make for a happier climate. For our non-native plants, we apply the principle: “As close as possible, as far away as necessary.”

Making the entire Dr. Hauschka cosmos climate neutral. Truly neutral.

That’s our vision. The path to get there is a process that involves the participation of our entire value chain. By 2030, we want to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by at least 85 % compared to 2019.

Author: Julia Freymark
Photographer: Horst Arne Schneider 

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