Climate change is the greatest challenge facing humanity and is the defining task of our time. The consequences of global warming are becoming ever more noticeable and the pressure on politicians and companies is increasing. There is now global agreement that we urgently need to counteract man-made climate change.
The success of emission reductions depends to a large extent on the voluntary and consistent action of industry in the industrialised countries. We at Hansa Klimasysteme are therefore also prepared to assume responsibility for the world, which we leave to our children and grandchildren.
For this reason, we have had the greenhouse gas emissions caused by the activities of our company recorded and offset them by purchasing a total of 950 climate protection certificates for 2020. With these certificates, we support a sustainable reforestation project in Uruguay, which has been awarded the Verified Carbon Standard, and a hydroelectric project in Uganda, which has been certified under the authority of the United Nations.
We are aware of our special responsibility as a company towards future generations and have acted accordingly. The climate impact of our company has been determined by Fokus Zukunft GmbH & Co. KG for us: Our CO2 footprint amounts to approx. 907 tons of CO2-equivalent pollutants per year. To illustrate: On average, a person in Germany causes about 11.6 tons of CO2 per year through his lifestyle.
Greenhouse gases are evenly distributed in the atmosphere. It therefore makes sense to avoid emissions where the costs are lowest. In addition, projects in emerging and developing countries help to improve the economic, social and ecological situation and support the realization of the sustainability goals of the United Nations. For emerging and developing countries, emissions trading is a key driver for the transfer of clean technologies and sustainably oriented economic development.
The greenhouse gas balance compiled by Fokus Zukunft provides a transparent overview of our company's greenhouse gas emissions. The report thus forms an important building block in our commitment to climate protection. On the basis of the values determined and through the purchase of a corresponding number of climate certificates, our company has been made climate-neutral. For the compensation of our greenhouse gases we have received the award "climate neutral company".