What does climate neutrality mean?
The principle of climate neutrality
Companies, products and processes can be called carbon neutral if the CO2 emissions they cause have been calculated and offset by supporting internationally recognized and certified carbon offset projects. Offsetting CO2 emissions is, alongside avoidance and reduction of emissions, another important step in holistic climate protection. Greenhouse gases such as CO2 are evenly distributed in the atmosphere, so the greenhouse gas concentration is roughly the same throughout the world. Since regionally generated greenhouse gases disperse evenly throughout the atmosphere, it is equally beneficial to the climate whether CO2 is saved at the site where it is emitted or elsewhere. Emissions that can not be avoided or reduced locally can therefore be mathematically offset through climate protection measures at another location by supporting the certified climate protection projects.
What is a climate protection project?
How does a climate protection project work?
Climate protection projects demonstrably save greenhouse gases, for example through afforestation or renewable energies. Independent organizations such as TÜV, SGS, PwC and others verify the exact amount of emissions which are being saved. The project operator finances the project by selling certified emission reduction certificates. Only projects requiring financial support are recognized as climate protection projects.
Criteria for climate protection projects
Climate protection projects must meet internationally recognized standards. The most important criteria are:
It must be ensured that a project is implemented only because it receives additional financing through emission trading. The project must therefore rely on revenues from emissions trading to cover its financing needs.
b) Exclusion of double counting
It must be ensured that CO2 emissions that are offset are credited only once to the owner of the certificates. This means in particular that certificates may only be sold once and then have to be decommissioned.
The offset of emissions must be durable and sustainable, for example, the binding of CO2 in forests must be long-term. Afforestation, which after a few years is transformed by slash and burn back into pastures for livestock, must not be recognized as a climate protection project.
d) Regular review by independent third parties
Climate protection projects must be regularly examined in all of these criteria by independent third parties such as TÜV, SGS or PwC. In the examination review, the actual amounts of CO2 which are offset are determined retroactively.
Climate protection at Schneider?
How does Schneider actively contribute to climate protection?
As part of our EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) validation process and our continuous efforts which come along with it, we have consistently improved our environmental performance since 1998 with a large number of measures documented in our sustainability report. The reduction of CO2 emissions is one of these measures taken.
CO2 emissions that occur during the production of a product are determined by the so-called "Product Carbon Footprint". They therefore represent the ecological footprint of the product. This footprint also includes the CO2-relevant factors that arise during the production or processing of the raw materials at our suppliers production sites including their transport to our company. These CO2 emissions, which we have no direct influence over or have no means to avoid are offset by investing in recognized climate protection projects.
Schneider offers its popular Slider series, the ballpen K3, the fineliner and fibrepen series Link-It, the fineliner Line-Up and the promotional ballpoint pen Like as climate neutral without any extra costs. In addition, individual orders for (printed) promotional merchandise can be offered carbon-neutral on customer request.
Schneider supports a certified climate protection project for forest conservation in the Amazon Rain Forest (Link)