Reducing Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 21% by 2025
Pfleiderer is committed to the Paris Climate Agreement’s goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 °C. This goal guides our measures to reduce climate-relevant emissions in all three scopes. By 2050, we want to reduce gradually our net carbon footprint to zero.
Through investments and additional measures at our locations in 2020 and 2021, we have already been able to reduce emissions in Scope 1 and especially in Scope 2 very significantly and achieve values at the 2025 target level. For example, we generated 150,846 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in Scope 1 and 2 in 2022 compared to 171,969 tonnes in 2021 and 220,164 tonnes in 2020.
We have thus reduced greenhouse gas emissions in Scope 1 and 2 by 31% from 2020 to 2022.
From the beginning of 2023, we will consume the renewable electricity from our production plants within the Pfleiderer Group. We expect that in 2023 we will thus generate more than 90% of our energy from our own combined heat and power generation – for heat and electricity.
Company carbon footprint: our performance and target
|Company carbon footprint (tCO2e)
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“We have a strong track record in reducing CO2 emissions, are setting targets that align with SBTI, AND WE ARE EXPANDING HOW WE ACCOUNT FOR AND REDUCE OUR SCOPE 3 EMISSIONS1.”2
Dr. Axel Knörr
Head of Environment
We have set ourselves ambitious short- and medium-term targets for reducing emissions. By achieving these targets, Pfleiderer will succeed in making the transition to net zero carbon emissions.
1 For definitions on the Scopes, please refer to https://ghgprotocol.org/calculationg-tools-faq
2 The target was set following engagement with the SBTi and is informed by decarbonisation pathways applicable to the furniture and fittings sector, as well as the SBTi Absolute Contraction approach pathway. See sciencebasedtargets.org
Three sites, three high-efficiency CHP plants
100% of the energy produced at our CHP plants comes from biomass. On three of our key sites, we use an integrated combined heat and power (CHP) plant that provides simultaneous generation of mechanical energy for electricity and usable heat for production processes. Combined heat and power generation allows fuel savings of up to one third of the primary energy, compared to the separate generation of electricity and heat. The advantage of cogeneration is reduced fuel requirement and lower emissions.
Biomass fuels 100% of energy produced at our CHP plants
Planning for success
All Pfleiderer sites are certified to the ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard. Energy planning is carried out in coordination with the distribution, production and purchasing teams and is updated frequently.
Our planning accounts for forwardlooking business assessments and actual consumption. Based on energy data collected at all our sites, we regularly assess and analyse the usage and consumption of energy, creating energy registers to identify improvements.
Efficient use of energy
The efficient use of energy becomes even more important in times of supply shortages. Accordingly, the feeding of waste heat from industrial production into the supply networks will become more important to enable climate-friendly and more cost-effective heating of connected households.
In the first phase, which started in 2022, the waste heat from a boiler fired with natural gas is used and the hot exhaust gases from the natural gas are transferred via a heat exchanger.
In a second step, other larger sources of waste heat from the biomass boiler will be able to be included as the city’s demand increases. After connection to the city’s supply network, Pfleiderer would probably be able to supply heat for the 2023 heating season.
„Especially in these tense times, it is important to have close partnerships and innovative solutions. We are very pleased that we will soon be providing the town of Leutkirch and its citizens with warmth.“
Dr. Frank Herrmann
Reducing indirect greenhouse gas emissions associated with purchased chemical products used in our wood-based panels by 21% by 2025 (baseline 2020)
The chemical products we buy for our wood-based material production include adhesives, titanium dioxide, urea, paraffin, flame retardants, resins, paints and other melting products. Their production is energy- intensive. That is why we work with our chemical suppliers to reduce emissions from chemical production, especially through the use of renewable energy sources.
The chemical products we buy in for our wood-based material production include adhesives, titanium dioxide, urea, paraffin, flame-retardants, resins, paints and other melting products. Their production is energy-intensive. That is why, on the one hand, we work with our chemical suppliers to reduce emissions from chemical production, especially through the use of renewable energy sources.
In addition, we are looking for alternatives to fossil-based chemicals. For example, we are increasingly replacing urea-formaldehyde resin glues (UF glues) – the most widely used binder in the global wood industry – with organic, biogenic glue in our particleboards. This allows us to improve the products' carbon footprint while maintaining quality and meeting all applicable quality and safety standards.
OrganicBoard P2 is manufactured with 50% OrganicGlue - a biogenic glue. This means that the use of fossil resources in production can be reduced by over 30% without compromising on product quality. OrganicBoard P2 thus has an overall optimised CO2 balance, which actively contributes to climate protection. About the product.
Developing a framework to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from all upstream products (Scope 3) in 2023
We consider climate-related emissions along the entire value chain. We want to progressively reduce our product-related climate change emissions for all up-stream products. We have therefore set ourselves the goal of working closely with our suppliers to create a framework for reducing Scope 3 emissions by 2023.
Developing a framework to reduce transport-related greenhouse gas emissions by 2023
To achieve our target, we first implement measures to reduce our energy consumption and thus our use of fossil fules. To reduce our energy consumption, empty runs are kept to a minimum through a well thought out route planning.
In logistics, we use our own trucks from our company JURA-Spedition, which largely fulfilled the Euro emissions standards 6d and 6e in 2022 due to regular replacements. Our goal is to fully comply with these standards from mid-2023, and we are already preparing for higher standards such as Euro 7 as well as alternative drive types. E-mobility plays a decisive role for our employees; we therefore will start offering electric fleet cars and job bikes starting 2023.
To ensure that all these measures work together in the best possible way, we have set ourselves the goal for 2023 of bundling all climate-friendly mobility measures, taking them into account together, and collecting and reporting meaningful and measurable indicators.
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