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Climate Protection: Textilchemie Dr. Petry is GLOBALLY climate-neutral

Textilchemie Dr. Petry GmbH is a climate-neutral company. The enterprise has gathered its greenhouse gas emissions at all sites, is continuously reducing them and is compensating any emissions that arise through carbon offset projects.

As a future-oriented company Textilchemie Dr. Petry has taken the decision to become climate-neutral and to compensate for greenhouse gas emissions. For this purpose, the carbon footprint of all sites was compiled in cooperation with ClimatePartner. The calculated corporate carbon footprint for 2020 was about 906 tons of CO2. This amount, including a 10 % safety margin, was offset by investments in a climate protection project in Sri Lanka.

Textilchemie Dr. Petry is a climate-neutral company! Companies are climate-neutral if their CO2 emissions have been calculated and compensated by internationally accredited carbon offset projects. In addition to avoiding and reducing the generation of climate-damaging gases, offsetting emissions is an important part of the holistic climate protection strategy. With the support of ClimatePartner, a solution provider for climate protection, the enterprise has compiled its climate assessment for 2020. By analyzing the results, Textilchemie Dr. Petry was able to identify opportunities to further reduce the carbon footprint. Dr. Friedrich Petry, Managing Director of Textilchemie Dr. Petry GmbH, emphasizes: “Our cooperation with ClimatePartner has enabled us to identify the major sources of emissions at our sites. As a result, we are in a position to intervene in these areas in order to further minimize our ecological footprint and reduce our emissions.”

The Corporate Carbon Footprint 2020 includes all CO2 emissions caused by the generation of heat and electricity for the four production sites in Germany, China, Switzerland and Turkey. In addition, further sources of emissions such as for the employees’ commutes, waste disposal, water, vehicle fleet, business travel, home office and office supplies are factored into the balance. After adding a ten percent safety margin on the overall result, the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions that had to be offset is 996.6 tons of CO2. The largest source of emissions is heat generation, followed in second and third place by emissions from the vehicle fleet and employees' way to work.

Textilchemie Dr. Petry compensates for the emissions consistently by supporting recognized, certified climate protection projects from the ClimatePartner portfolio. The commitment is transparently traceable. The board of Textilchemie Dr. Petry GmbH has decided to invest in a hydropower project in Kuruwita, Sri Lanka, for the year 2020. The hydropower plant at the Kuru Ganga River has a capacity of 6.5 megawatts and supplies clean, emission-free electricity for Sri Lanka's power grid. As it is a run-of-river power plant, the water of the Kuru Ganga only has to be dammed by a small weir during dry periods. Thus, the environmental impact of the power plant is very low. It neither endangers the fish stock nor the ecosystem.

The average emissions in Germany in 2019 were 401 grams CO2 per kilowatt hour of electricity. For 2020, the emission factor for Germany was extrapolated to 366 grams of carbon dioxide per kilowatt hour (Source: German Federal Environment Agency). In comparison, the CO2 emission factor of Textilchemie Dr. Petry GmbH for the year 2020 was only 148 g CO2e/kWh. This low value is due to the fact that Textilchemie Dr. Petry GmbH relies on a mainly green electricity mix with electricity from renewable sources. The company has already been operating its own photovoltaic system on the roof of the company building for many years. To further minimize its ecological footprint, Textilchemie Dr. Petry is focusing on reducing energy costs by modernizing production and using gas, water and raw materials economically and responsibly. In addition, part of the vehicle fleet was converted from vehicles with combustion engines to electric cars in the current year.

The label "climate neutral company" and the ID number of Textilchemie Dr. Petry GmbH (16678-2111-1001) can be used for transparent traceability of the climate neutrality.

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