For Dräxlmaier, dealing with CO2 emissions and other ecological indicators was no news: Sustainability always had a high value within the family-owned company. For several years, company experts had been conducting product-based analyses. In 2013, following stakeholder requests and strategic interests of Dräxlmaier, a company-wide Carbon Footprint was calculated by DFGE for the first time. The goals were to:
- identify potentials for reducing energy and resource consumption,
- provide valid and comprehensive input for individual stakeholder requests and
- form a basis for participation in the CDP Climate Change reporting program
Since 2013, the Carbon Footprint is calculated annually based on the methodology of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and fulfills also the requirements of ISO 14067 and PAS 2050:2008. It includes emissions from energy and fuel consumption, but also other indirect (Scope 3) emissions of the up- and downstream value chain.
DFGE uses its TopDown Approach for reducing time and efforts for data collection: Emission hot spots with a large contribution and big leverage are identified, which are assessed more closely in an iterative and recursive process. Thus, valid results with a low uncertainty bandwidth can be gathered within just a few weeks, including the relevant up- and downstream emissions.