CO2 neutral

BF Maschinen is a climate-neutral company

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of humanity. It will affect eco systems and will change our living. According to the science the global increase in temperature of the last century is caused by a measurable enhanced concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, which cause is the burning of fossil fuel (like oil, natural gas, lignite and hard coal).

As a signatory of the “Benediktbeurer Nachhaltigkeitserklärung” (sustainability declaration of Benediktbeuern) of the forum for economy of Oberland, Thomas Breuer is a pioneer in this region, which was preparing its first co² footprint in 2009. The general manager of BF-Maschinen GmbH had calculated the co² emissions for his company again on the basis of data of 2014 to check if the sanctions of reduction are already working. He can be pleased about the decrease of the co² footprint from 2009 over 49 tons to an amount of 138 tons of co².

As a positive result of the co² footprint Thomas Breuer rebalances the emissions of his company again for 2015 and 2016 that is to become climate-neutral. Mr. Breuer was supported by the climate rebels, an initiative of the registered corporation zukunftswerk (www.zukunftswerk.org) settled in Berg at the Starnberger See:

It would be encouraging if more companies join this kind of commitment to climate protection and follow the example of Mr. Breuer.
 

Definition of climate neutrality
 
“Climate-neutral” has to be explained. It can be equated with the terms “co²-neutral” or the English expression “carbon-neutral” and means that the material described as climate-neutral is not changing the global co² balance.

That means either the material doesn´t release any greenhouse gas within its circle of life - which is rarely the case - or it manages in particular without co² of fossil energy. Regarding all other cases it causes greenhouse gas emissions while the calculated amount of greenhouse gases will be compensated by purchasing the corresponding amount of emission rights.

The compensation of emissions is an arithmetical exercise: the greenhouse gas emissions arise irrevocable and were released into the atmosphere. What needs to be done is to save the greenhouse gas emissions elsewhere in sufficient quantity. This saving can be provided by the “Clean Development Mechanism” of the Kyoto Protocol for example through necessary measures to increase the greenhouse gas emissions in a country which state has not commit itself to increase the greenhouse gas emissions. These measures are called climate protection projects. Mostly they involve the establishment and the operation of a plant for production of energy on renewable base. In other cases an additional saving will be affected trough the measures of energy efficiency.

The state, where the projects are located, has not to fulfill the aims of climate protection for which we would need saving of emissions, regarding to the Kyoto Protocol. Savings caused by climate protection shall be credited to the party who financed the additional measure, in particular the investor of the additional climate protection project.  In return he receives tradable emission rights for his investment and reduces his emissions.

Beyond the emission trading and the Clean Development Mechanism there was a simple idea:
If more emissions by equivalent costs can be reduced in country A than in country B, emission trading provides incentives to additional measures to climate protection in country A of which country B benefits too because the reduction of emission will be attributed to country B. If emission rights constitute a price on the market, it can be verified on the basis of market price if the purchase of emission rights or the reduction of emissions makes a better economic (or ecologic) sense.