Renewable energies stand for a better future.
Whether this future will come about is up to us all. Through our daily decisions as people, through our political actions, through our entrepreneurial skills. Through our convictions and values.
Everyone is talking about sustainability. Corporations print thick sustainability reports on white paper. Whether this is initiating a real reorientation is uncertain.
It was clear to us that renerco plan consult must stand for sustainability. So we have implemented what we understand by sustainability:
- Green energy for the office
- Consistent use of recycled paper
- Office equipment with a high proportion of recycled materials
- Travel planning that takes environment factors into account
- Fairtrade coffee, organic milk and sugar
- Black and white and double-sided printing to save paper and toner
- And of course we want to offer our employees an interesting job, a decent salary and above all fair treatment.
So far, so good.
In December 2016, we were lucky enough to attend a lecture by Professor Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber, Head of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. This lecture opened our eyes in the long term.
The international scientific community estimates the residual uncertainty at 5%, that continuing to use fossil resources as we do now will cause the global temperature to rise by 5° by the end of 2100 compared to the post-industrial age. Humanity will then be able to live in Patagonia, Alaska, Greenland, Iceland, Northern Scandinavia and Northern Siberia. A world population in the double-digit billion range...
What does this mean? Nothing less than the apocalypse.
Schellnhuber's book "Selbstverbrennung" (Self-Combustion) is recommended for those who would like to find out more about the topic in depth while also entertainingly over 700 pages.
Energy-related measures may be able to limit the impending disaster to a rise of only 1.5°. Mankind could still cope with that. But, the measures must be put in place quickly!
For a powerful coalition of parts of the fossil fuel economy and political forces, sustainability is at best lip service. Only short-term profit counts here, not the future of mankind.
This is the situation in our globalised world. Is that what we want?
Taking sustainability seriously means to ACT. NOW!
The most important goal in the sense of safeguarding the future of mankind is the COMPLETE elimination of CO2 emissions. As quickly as possible.
What we have done ourselves so far in terms of sustainability is right, but still too little.
In just one morning's work, we determined our emissions for 2016. It amounted to around 55 tonnes. Half of which due to flights, followed by heating the office.
We cannot stop these emissions overnight, nor can we stop them by the day after tomorrow. Stopping our business operations is not really sustainable either.
But we can offset the CO2 we use by financing measures that lead to equivalent savings. At first glance, climate protection projects seem like trading in indulgences. From an economic point of view, however, it makes sense to intervene first of all where CO2 savings are inexpensive. Supporting projects in the Third World also benefits disadvantaged sections of the population.
For our 55 tonnes of CO2 the offsetting with all certificates and stamps costs around €1,000, or about 0.4% of our turnover. Climate protection is not expensive.
We also use offers that are offset by the provider (e.g. the BahnCard, Deutsche Post's GoGreen for letter post).
In the medium term, our emissions must fall towards zero. This also requires a socio-political process, which we are committed to supporting. With at least the same commitment as lobbyists of the automotive industry prevent efficient vehicles.
We are all responsible.
As renerco plan consult we would like to set a modest example. Maybe somebody will join in. We will be happy to provide you with the small tool we use to record our CO2 emissions. Please feel free to contact our Managing Director, Tilo Wachter.