Münster. The filtration specialist Hengst Filtration has taken a first major step toward the goal of group-wide carbon neutrality by 2030 – the main office in Münster now operates carbon neutral. This is made possible by a combination of green electricity and CO2 compensation.
"Industrial enterprises are often highly energy intensive, which means they can play a major role in protecting the environment. That is the only way to give future generations a chance for a good life"
CEO Christopher Heine explains the strategy of achieving carbon neutrality throughout the entire Group by the end of the decade, as regards the company’s own emissions (Scope 1) and the emissions of the energy suppliers (Scope 2).
Since the beginning of the year the family owned company has been using only electricity from renewable sources for the main office and production facilities in Münster. In addition, the roofs of the buildings there will soon be used for installation of the company’s own photovoltaic system, in order to reduce the volume of purchased electricity during peak-load periods.
The remaining CO2 emissions in accordance with Scope 1 and Scope 2 of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol are already being compensated by means of selected certified environmental protection projects. These projects, which are organized by the myclimate initiative, are efficient cookers for people in Burundi, clean drinking water by means of UV radiation in Uganda, and recycling of plastics in Romania. “The carefully selected environmental protection projects are certified to the Gold Standard and therefore fulfill the most stringent requirements. In addition to reduction of CO2 emissions, it is proven that they contribute to a sustainable development at the local and regional level,” Sustainability Manager Thomas Hülsdau explains.
To ensure economical and responsible use of resources, Hengst Filtration introduced the in-house Sustainability Award this year. All Hengst locations around the world have developed innovative ideas for resource-efficient processes and production technologies, such as smart light controls, the use of extinguishing water for cooling systems, or the use of waste heat for heating. The winner was the factory in the Joinville, Brazil, where 15,000 trees are being planted on property owned by Hengst for CO2 compensation. Hengst Filtration will offer the Sustainability Award again this year, in order to promote regular innovation management with goal of increasing sustainability.