In the fight against climate change, reducing emissions by saving energy is an important measure in the industry. By determining the "climate-relevant footprint" of the company, we have been helping to establish the climate balance at all production sites around the world since 2010. With our forests in Brazil, we are one of the few companies in our sector to achieve climate-neutral status with our own forests.
Corporate carbon footprint
The carbon footprint is a tool for measuring the total carbon dioxide emissions resulting either directly or indirectly from the activities of a company. The carbon footprint has gained in importance over the past few years in particular, as it is a helpful tool for measuring the impact of company activities on the climate. The carbon footprint of the Faber-Castell Group has been calculated in cooperation with external institutes since 2009. For this calculation, the emissions are divided into three different scopes of greenhouse gas emissions based on the "Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard" of the "Greenhouse Gas Protocol Initiative" (GHG Protocol), and then calculated and analysed.
The total quantity of emitted greenhouse gases for the Faber-Castell Group according to scope 1, 2 and 3 amounted to 35,876 t CO2 equivalents for the business year 2013/14. In the previous year (2012/13), the total was 32,868 t CO2. The increase in emissions was due to the increased demand for the products on an international level and the associated increase in wood-cased pencil production.
CO2 reservoir BrazilWe are making a positive contribution to climate protection with the forests planted in Brazil over three decades ago. The pine trees and the approximately one third of the forests that are left untouched remove CO2 from the atmosphere as they grow and bind the carbon. A scientific study carried out by TÜV Rheinland® in 2012 confirmed that the Faber-Castell forests in Prata are helping to reduce greenhouse gases with over 900,000 t CO2 equivalents. They therefore bind significantly more CO2 than the company emits annually on a global level.
In the field of geoscience, the term CO2 reservoir refers to a reservoir, which absorbs carbon either intermittently or permanently and stores it in the biomass, thereby helping to combat global warming.