13. Climate-Relevant Emissions

The company discloses the GHG emissions in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol or standards based on it and states the goals it has set itself to reduce emissions, as well as its results thus far.

The determination of the total CO2 footprint of cosnova GmbH was carried out for the first time for the 2018 financial year. With the collection of this data, the most important hotspots of cosnova's business activities with regard to their CO2 emissions were identified. The future reduction targets will be formulated on this basis in 2019. At the CNL Logistics Centre, reduction targets have already been set through the participation in the Lean and Green Initiative. 
The hotspots of the CO2 emissions of cosnova GmbH include:
According to the available data, the largest share of climate-relevant emissions within the business activities of cosnova GmbH occurs as a result of purchased goods. In 2018, this generated 37,000 tons of CO2 equivalents, mainly from product packaging and the cosmetic ingredients used. Upstream and downstream transports are in second place, with around 7,000 tons of CO2 equivalents each year and product disposal is in third place with around 3,000 tons of CO2 equivalents each year. The Sulzbach site, on the other hand, has rather little influence on the overall CO2 balance with CO2 emissions of 225 tons for electricity (66 percent), 113 tons for heat (33 percent) and 6 tons for fuels (1 percent; data basis 2015). The same applies to the logistics center with an absolute CO2 emission of 698.4 tons (status: 2018) per year. Despite all this, a Lean and Green CO2 reduction project is already underway at the logistics center with the aim of reducing CO2 emissions by 20 percent by 2020. Within the first 3 years, the absolute CO2 emissions have already been reduced by 12%.
In addition to the Lean and Green project, cosnova contributes to climate protection by compensating for CO2 greenhouse gases caused by air travel. Since 2016, the resulting emissions have been offset by the non-profit GmbH atmosfair. The costs of the compensation benefit one climate protection project at a time. In the 2018 reporting year, we supported a project to generate electricity from biomass from mustard crop waste in Rajasthan, India. The biomass power plant uses these crop residues to generate electricity from renewable energies. The electricity produced is fed into the regional grid and replaces electricity from coal-fired and gas-fired power plants, thus avoiding greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to providing a secure and reliable electricity supply for the population, the power plant also provides extra income for small farmers as they can sell their crop residues to the power plant. The project thus benefits not only climate protection but also the social, ecological and economic development of the region. atmosfair operates its projects according to the rules of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) anchored in the Kyoto Protocol and the "Gold Standard" established by international environmental organizations. Independent organizations approved by the United Nations (e.g. TÜV) monitor the actual CO2 reduction of the projects. There are other smaller projects that benefit climate protection in the area of employee mobility. One example is the integration of a so-called bonus-malus system in the company car guideline, which encourages company car drivers to switch to more environmentally-friendly vehicles. cosnova provides all interested employees with job tickets for public transport. Since the introduction of job tickets in July 2016, the number of job ticket users has risen steadily (42 percent usage by employees, status in 2018).

                                      Job ticket users


In addition, there is a company travel policy that is used when booking business trips for employees, which also favors sustainable travel, such as rail travel on short distances of up to 400 kilometers.