We regularly publish the goals, strategies and outcomes of environmental protection initiatives and activities in connection with our participation in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). This is the world’s biggest initiative to reduce carbon emissions. For seven years now, we have been actively involved in the CDP. We measure, analyze and manage our CO2 emissions at all production locations, and report annually on their composition and any changes that have occurred as well as various measures adopted to reduce CO2 emissions. The data for the financial year 2014 was collected internationally using standardized methods in spring 2015 and published by the CDP in fall 2015.
Our environment strategy target is to reduce the ratio of emissions to revenues. This means that our revenues are to grow faster in the future than the unavoidable carbon emissions produced in revenue generation. We met our target once again in the financial year 2014: The ratio of CO2 emissions to revenues fell by 19.3% between 2013 and 2014, marking the largest percentage improvement since we began participating in the CDP. The multi-year comparison also shows a positive trend.
|Total CO2 emissions in ton (t)||760,076||716,702||733,576||775,372||825,235||817,097||672,624|
|Revenues in EUR k||1,060,130||1,000,227||1,024,804||1,094,681||1,219,068||1,265,931||1,290,016|
|CO2 emissions in relation to revenues (t/EUR k)||0.717||0.717||0.716||0.708||0.677||0.645||0.521|
Alongside our own target, we have also launched further improvements within the context of CDP. For instance, we have improved the CDP verification criterion. Our activities and data were checked by the TÜV inspectorate and certified to ISO 14064-3. A key indicator is the disclosure score. Climate disclosure scoring measures reporting comprehensiveness. The maximum possible score is 100. Our score for 2014 was 84, up from 81 for 2013. Compared with other MDAX-listed German companies covered by CDP, we moved up to eighth place. In the healthcare sector analysis, we improved to fifth place.
The overall aim is for investors and customers to be able to assess, based on wide-ranging data and indices, whether a company gives sufficient consideration to climate change issues in its decisions and structures.
Further information and the full report can be found on the internet under www.cdproject.net.