Greenhouse gas emissions

As in previous years, GEA took part in the 2018 survey conducted within the framework of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). The CDP is an independent, not-for-profit organization that currently represents more than 800 institutional investors.

Each year, it gathers information on the specific greenhouse gas emissions of the major listed corporations and their strategies to combat climate change. The results are then made available to current and potential investors. At present, the group of participants accounts for 50 percent of global market capitalization. In this survey, GEA also regularly provides information about risks and opportunities related to climate change, as well as actions taken in the field of climate protection. In the year under review, GEA significantly improved its scoring in the CDP survey and was awarded a B- (management level).

Since 2017, GEA has disclosed the relevant data for the year under review that was audited by KPMG in accordance with ISAE 3000. Likewise, GEA adjusted its method for presenting CO2 equivalents across regions as required by the CDP. The data series includes 2017 (adjusted) and 2018. In 2018, GEA measured the CO2 emissions released by its 74 largest sites, covering production, service and administration.

  • Scope 1 – Direct Greenhouse Gas Emissions: GEA includes fuel emissions from fuel oils, various gases, coal as well as diesel and gasoline.
  • Scope 2 – Indirect Greenhouse Gas Emissions: GEA reports emissions from electricity, heat, steam and cooling.
  • Scope 3 – Other Indirect Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Currently, this category merely includes reporting on business travel.

Direct Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Scope 1, in tons of CO2 equivalent)

2018 K

2017*K

Asia Pacific (without China)

618

529

China

503

373

DACH & Eastern Europe

19,598

23,772

Latin America

5

9

North America

9,615

7,199

Northern and Central Europe

1,402

1,356

Western Europe, Middle East & Africa

8,242

8,595

GEA’s total

39,983

41,833

Indirect Energy-Related Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Scope 2, in tons of CO2 equivalent)

2018 K

2017*K

Asia Pacific (without China)

1,561

1,340

China

4,921

4,614

DACH & Eastern Europe

18,326

19,628

Latin America

112

109

North America

6,458

5,513

Northern and Central Europe

2,550

3,472

Western Europe, Middle East & Africa

2,141

2,248

GEA’s total

36,068

36,925

 

Other Indirect Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Scope 3, in tons of CO2 equivalent)

2018 K

2017*K

GEA’s total

17,267

15,958

 

 

 

Total Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Scope 1, 2, 3, in tons of CO2 equivalent)

2018 K

2017*K

GEA’s total

93,319

94,716

Ratio of tons CO2 equivalent to GEA’s revenue

19.32

20.59

K) Audited by KPMG
*) Due to changes in allocation and computation, the reference base of reporting sites was adjusted in 2017.

Compared to the previous year, GEA’s operations emitted fewer greenhouse gases (Scope 1) in spite of higher revenues. Mild temperatures in Europe as well as GEA’s initiatives designed to optimize energy efficiency at the various sites favorably impacted and reduced the emission of CO2 equivalents under Scope 1. On the other hand, the company’s strong order intake required more business travel, which resulted in a corresponding increase in Scope 3 emissions. All in all, in 2018, GEA was able to lower its greenhouse gas emissions both in absolute terms and in relation to sales. GEA met the target of a 1.5 percent reduction in CO2 emissions for 2018 that had been agreed with the Executive Board.

In 2018, GEA expanded and further automated the methods, systems, processes and internal controls governing data collection, for instance by introducing a deviation management system. Additional staff as well as a new generation of software ensure that GEA effectively meets its responsibilities in connection with this vital issue.

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