Working together for a green future
In order to preserve a livable world for following generations, responsible business decisions determine the course we take – this has been true from the very start. With our apprenticeship initiative ASSMANN goes green, we are going one step further by enabling the younger generation to contribute their own ideas and implement projects that they feel strongly about. Our environmental responsibility as a business includes critically examining elements such as power consumption, packaging waste and the means of transport used for business travel.
Global CO2 emissions
Worldwide, CO2 emissions are a serious negative trend. Emissions are growing constantly each year as a result of our consumption. From 1998 to 2018 alone, this figure increased from 24,150 to 36,573 million tons, which corresponds to a growth of more than 50% in just 20 years (Source: Statista).
In order to counteract this development and other negative consequences of our consumer behavior, we established our apprenticeship initiative in 2019. With the aim of identifying potential areas for improvement and developing specific solutions, our apprentices came together in small groups and implemented numerous projects to great effect. Despite major successes, we are keeping at it: New apprentices join us every year, contributing their ideas and helping to further develop projects. As a result, new tasks are constantly arising and we contribute sustainably to improving our environmental performance.
Power generation in Germany
A lot has happened in recent years. The energy transformation is in full swing, and the share of renewable energies in the overall power mix is steadily increasing: In 2020, this figure was already 44.4% (Source: Richter-Publizistik). Despite this positive development, the global demand for energy is also increasing. This makes it even more important for companies to also participate actively in the transformation.
ASSMANN goes green – Think green, be green!
With five charging columns and a total of eight charging stations, we have made it possible to charge cars and protect the environment. The company is using the opportunities provided by the new area of electromobility to support employees and encourage them to drive in an environmentally friendly manner – and we deliver the necessary infrastructure to make this happen. Interestingly, this power comes from our own photovoltaic plant and is therefore based on renewable energies.
In order to further expand the topic of electromobility, an internal survey has now been initiated to determine the demand for e-bikes. The initiative will give employees the opportunity of leasing electric bicycles through the company, making their commutes more environmentally friendly and also doing something for their own health.
#2 Compensation contribution
Starting in 2019, the “Mobility” team calculated the CO2 generated in the previous year from all flights booked by the members of ASSMANN Electronic GmbH and used this to determine the compensation amount. They determined that ASSMANN Electronic GmbH flew around 580,000 air miles in total, enough to circle the globe approximately 14 times. In order to compensate for the quantity of CO² emitted, the management decided to donate the compensation contribution of €4,000 to a climate protection organization selected by the team members. To reduce future CO² emissions, ASSMANN Electronic GmbH endeavors to increasingly replace flights with train travel wherever possible.
With the help of these donations, the following organizations will support environmental protections, plant trees, deliver clean drinking water and more:
Buildings and consumption
The project group “Buildings and consumption” focused in part on developing a concept for environmentally-friendly energy supply. On the roof of ASSMANN Electronic GmbH, we now produce 239.8 kWp using 872 photovoltaic modules. This means that we are able to cover approximately three quarters of our annual power consumption with the climate-neutral energy that is generated. Our goal is to operate as close to climate neutral as possible and to actively contribute to the energy transformation.
#2 The ASSMANN bees
Honeybees are an indispensable part of our ecosystem, yet their numbers are falling drastically around the world. Not only do they produce honey, which is purported to have health benefits, they also ensure variety in our food chain by assisting in pollination. The conservation of bees is therefore crucial in order to preserve a healthy level of ecological biodiversity. Interestingly, they are the third most important agricultural animals after cattle and pigs. There are several ways to prevent bees from dying off dramatically, such as using plants that are beneficial to bees or providing nesting aids such as beehives.
On one part of our company grounds that is surrounded by meadows and forests, we have placed two beehives. Each of these provides a new habitat for between 5,000 and 40,000 bees. In a radius of about one kilometer, the bees pollinate our indigenous plants, thereby helping to maintain high biodiversity and a healthy ecosystem.
Another bonus for ASSMANN employees: Once enough honey can be harvested, everyone will receive a jar of quality honey as a sweet reward for their environmental endeavors.
Products and materials
#1 Waste management
To reduce the total amount of plastic waste, we take measures such as eliminating the use of plastic cups at our coffee machines. At the same time, we have reorganized our internal waste management system. Instead of having multiple trash and plastic containers in every office, there is now a central waste station in each department. This makes cleaning easier and reduces the use of plastic bags for the containers. In addition, we have implemented the “yellow bag” only for plastics, which leads to less waste of raw materials.
We have also been separating paper consistently for many years and feeding it into the appropriate recycling process through an in-house paper press. A project group is also working on reducing plastic for our product packaging.
We are convinced in our work
and it has paid off!
With the initiative ASSMANN goes green , we are committed to reducing our consumption of energy and resources sustainably and for the long term. For this reason, we have established an energy management system and have had it certified in accordance with DIN EN 50001:2018.
Managing Director Phil Penninger: “This supports us in our efforts to continually measure and above all to optimize the company’s environmental performance even in the future”.