ALPINETREK IS CARBON NEUTRAL – WHAT DOES THAT MEAN IN PARTICULAR?

7. December 2021

There is no doubt about it: the topic of sustainability is playing a central role in the outdoor industry. This is obvious, as our industry is very fond of claiming to be close to nature, so the protection of this nature should at least be an important premise in the actions of outdoor companies.

More and more people are asking us: What is your contribution to achieving a sustainable future? We have now found a very concrete answer to this question. Alpinetrek has been climate-neutral since the end of 2019. You can find out exactly what that means and where else we are making a difference in this great blog article.

THE MATTER OF CO2

When we are talking about sustainability and environmental protection, climate change is certainly one of the central challenges of our generation. The effect of CO2 and other greenhouse gases on global warming is undisputed and solutions are needed. How do we manage to reduce or even completely avoid our CO2 emissions?

This is exactly the question we asked ourselves last year and the reason why we decided to become a climate-neutral company – even in hindsight. However, we must admit that it turned out not to be that easy.

HOW CAN ONE BECOME A CLIMATE-NEUTRAL COMPANY?

The answer to this question seems relatively simple at first: by reducing and ultimately preventing all CO2 emissions. Over the last few years, we have already been able to reduce our total CO2 emissions by a considerable amount through various measures:

  • A photovoltaic system in Kirchentellinsfurt supplies us with renewable energy.
  • We obtain 100% of the additional electricity we need from ecological sources.
  • Thanks to a cardboard cutting machine, we ship less air for a very large part of our orders and can thus load trucks more efficiently, which significantly optimizes the CO2 footprint of our shipping.
  • With the introduction of ‘JobRad‘, more and more colleagues come by bike.

However, we also had to admit that there are emissions that are not so easy to remove from the equation. Some colleagues have long journeys and of course there is the big elephant in the room: shipping and returning our goods. That is why, a compromise solution is needed. And it’s called CO2 compensation.

OFFSETTING CO2 EMISSIONS – HOW DOES IT WORK?

The good thing about the whole CO2 issue is that for the climate it doesn’t matter where exactly the greenhouse gas emissions are produced. Or where they are saved. This means that we can offset our emissions, which we are currently unable to reduce, elsewhere.

To ensure that the process has a solid foundation, we have enlisted the help of a specialist in this area. With the company ClimatePartner, we measured our consumption, calculated it backwards and looked for projects with which we can offset our CO2 emissions – backdated to our founding in 2006.

When selecting projects to offset our emissions, we have been careful to choose only those that meet the high Gold Standard for climate certificates developed by WWF and 40 other NGOs. In addition, all projects are TÜV-certified.

Another important aspect has been that development aid should also play a role in the projects. After a short research, it was clear which initiatives to support with our compensation contribution:

  1. Clean cooking stoves in Peru: A large part of Peru’s rural population still cooks on open fires – and in their living rooms, because the fire also serves as a source of heat. The Qori Q’oncha project guides Peruvians to build energy-efficient stoves that emit significantly less CO2. Thanks to an air extraction system, harmful gases no longer collect in the houses.
  2. Wind farms in Turkey: Turkey is one of the countries where the share of renewable energies is still very low. The potential for wind power is correspondingly large. Through the expansion of wind farms, greenhouse gases are successively eliminated from the overall bill.
  3. Water filter systems for Cambodia: The rural population in Cambodia still boils its drinking water over an open fire. The project provides the people with water filter systems so that open fires are no longer necessary. This is another way of preventing CO2 and other greenhouse gases quickly and reliably.

ARE YOU REALLY CLIMATE-NEUTRAL NOW?

As already mentioned, at the end of the day we are not 100% climate-neutral. For the reasons already described, this is not yet possible in practical terms. The term ‘climate-neutralizing’ captures the essence of the matter much better, because offsetting can ultimately only compensate and not actively reduce. That can only be done by ourselves. And that is exactly what we want to do in the coming years.

We will take further measures to reduce our CO2 emissions and address other issues, such as the packaging of our products. Because that is also part of a comprehensive sustainability concept.

We are excited about what the future holds for us and the industry. Because we naturally want to be a bit of a pioneer with our commitment. We hope for many imitators, and we hope that you will follow this path with us.

With the help of our ClimatePartner ID 13467-1912-1001, you can easily get an idea of our compensation measures yourself.

Our Certificate from ClimatePartner.

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