11. Usage of Natural Resources

The company discloses the extent to which natural resources are used for the company’s business activities. Possible options here are materials, the input and output of water, soil, waste, energy, land and biodiversity as well as emissions for the life cycles of products and services.

The analysis of the natural resource consumption is part of the Environmental Management System certified according to ISO 14001. In the reporting period 2019, INPACS' environmental performance indicator system has been revised and a greenhouse gas report following the GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard has been created for the first time (cf. criterion 13 Climate-Relevant Emissions).

As the INPACS head office is representing the service and coordination centre of the global distribution network, it is operating a pure office space of 414 m2 used by 20 in-house employees as well as additionally infrequently used by five field employees. Therefore, the direct consumption of natural resources is relatively low. The natural resources INPACS primarily uses rank according to their relevance as follows:
  1. The consumption of Fuel (Diesel and Petrol) for field sales activities and employee mobility constitutes the biggest lot of used resources within the INPACS head office organisation. In this course, also the number of trips by aircraft and train are monitored and represent indicators for fuel as well as energy consumption. However, these are included in the GHG Protocol calculations by the quantity of trips (cf. KPI GRI SRS-302-1 and KPI GRI SRS-302-4).
  2. The usage of Electricity and Heat for the execution of business activities (IT processes) and building use (lighting, air conditioning, kitchenware) corresponds to modern energy-efficient office buildings (cf. KPI GRI SRS-302-1 and KPI GRI SRS-302-4).
  3. We use only small amounts of recycled office Paper due to the fact that mainly electronic mediums (email, Intranet and PDF) are used for correspondence and invoicing (cf. KPI GRI SRS-301-1).
  4. The office Water consumption corresponds to the operation of staff bathroom and kitchen facilities (cf. KPI GRI SRS-303-3).
  5. There is a negligible amount of exclusively non-hazardous Waste generated by the office operation (cf. KPI GRI SRS-306-2).
As value creation centre for its stakeholders, INPACS' most material impact regarding the usage of natural resources consists of demanding environmental standards as well as of continuously promoting best practices with regard to resource-efficient processes and technologies within the global network. Additionally, by the pursuit of SDG 12 "Create Sustainable Value Chains" as well as SDG 13 "Significantly Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions", the newly adopted group-wide sustainability strategy calls on all members to strategically prioritize the efficient use of natural resources.

In 2019, EcoVadis has attested INPACS again an advanced environmental performance, performing an improvement by 10 points compared to 2017.
lassified as a non-material environmental aspect at INPACS head office and is included in the landlords’ waste management.