We have measured the climate impact of our operations since 2013. In addition to efforts to reduce this impact, each year, we have also compensated these emissions, via "Gold standard" projects from the Climate Neutral Group.
The emissions from fossil fueled company cars and lease cars is significantly higher in 2019 compared to 2018, because the kilometres for private purposes are included for the first time in 2019. Also, a different and more accurate calculation method was used (emissions calculated based on litres of fuel used instead of estimated kilometres driven).
Due to changes in the method of calculation, the CO2 emissions of electricity have fluctuated in previous years. In 2019, the CO2 emissions caused by electricity consumption in buildings has increased. This is due to the use of grey electricity (instead of green electricity) in our German office following a move to another building. Since the beginning of 2020, we use green electricity again in all our office buildings, including in Germany.
As a consequence of switching from fossil fueled cars to electric ones, the emissions related to electric company cars and lease cars has increased significantly (assuming grey electricity for charging the cars).