August 28, 2014

Siemens Stiftung: Now a Climate Neutral Organization with ClimatePartner

Climate neutrality via carbon offset project for water treatment in Kenya – Reduction measures following calculation of carbon footprint: Carbon calculator for business travel

Munich – The foundation Siemens Stiftung is expanding its own sustainability commitment and now operating climate neutrally. To that end, the Siemens Stiftung teamed up with ClimatePartner to calculate the carbon footprint of operations at the foundation’s sites in Munich and Erlangen. Emissions are now being offset via an internationally recognized carbon offset project in Kenya.

“Climate protection is one of the most important challenges of our time. To us, sustainability also means that we are climate neutral in our work,” says Dr. Nathalie von Siemens, managing director and spokesperson at the Siemens Stiftung. “We use green energy and promote the conscientious utilization of resources in our own organization as well as among our service providers. Thanks to the consulting ClimatePartner provided, we have been able to garner new ideas and implement further measures to reduce our carbon footprint.”

ClimatePartner calculated the carbon emissions produced during the international day to day work performed at the Siemens Stiftung, accounting for factors such as energy, district heating, business travel, employee commute, office paper, and external service providers.

In addition, the foundation is implementing a carbon calculator for business travel in the interest of sensitizing its own employees. “This tool integrates climate protection directly into the organization’s processes and thereby implements it in a visible manner,” says Moritz Lehmkuhl, CEO at ClimatePartner. “Moreover, it provides transparency on business travel as the principle emissions driver of the Siemens Stiftung. The foundation’s carbon footprint is recalculated each year in the interest of casting light on the advances made through the reduction measures.”

The Siemens Stiftung offsets unavoidable emissions by supporting an internationally recognized carbon offset project for water treatment in Kenya. “This project supplies households in rural areas with water filtering systems, which means it goes hand in hand with the water projects we have there, thereby also fostering our organization’s objective. This is important to us,” underscores Dr. Nathalie von Siemens.

The carbon offset project is certified with the Gold Standard, with more than half a million water filtering systems distributed among households in Kenya. Traditionally, the water treatment performed here has consisted of boiling, which required burning firewood. These new water filters render that superfluous, leading to a reduction of 2,073,000 tons of carbon dioxide equivalents each year. Additional positive effects include the reduction of illness and mortality rates among children and adults.

Additional information on this carbon offset project can be found at:

http://www.climatepartner.com/portfolio/1008_en.pdf

Carbon offset projects are proven to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and audited by third parties on a regular basis.

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About Siemens Stiftung
Siemens Stiftung operates in the fields of basic services, education, and culture. As a hands-on foundation, it develops its own projects and implements them with a view to the long term. Together with its partners, Siemens Stiftung aims to help people improve their living conditions. By doing so, it tries to empower functioning communities in which people can have a good life. The foundation is committed to international, impact-oriented, and transparent project work. The geographical focus of its work is on regions in Africa and Latin America as well as on Germany and other European countries. Website of Siemens Stiftung: www.siemens-stiftung.org.



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