The aim of our previous Climate Strategy was to halve adjusted CO2 emissions of the Group’s facilities, procurement and distribution transports and business trips by the end of 2020 compared to the base year of 2006. This target was exceeded with a reduction of 56 percent and was achieved entirely without compensatory measures.
We attribute the reduction to increased energy efficiency in all sub-sections of the Climate Strategy as well as to the acquisition of high-quality certified green electricity. We will continue to systematically increase this share, and by 2025 the German sites will be 100 percent supplied with green electricity. We have also significantly reduced our air freight and shifted our goods transport from the production countries to lower-carbon sea, road and rail transport.
It goes without saying that the Otto Group intends to further avoid and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in its own business activities. To this end, specific emissions are to be reduced by 40 percent by 2025 compared to 2018. By 2030, the Group wants to have its own business operations to be climate-neutral.
While the Otto Group sets clear savings targets, the individual Group companies implement climate protection measures on a decentralised basis. The Group supports them in their operational implementation with measurement and control instruments.
Besides activities at the Group's own 400 locations, measures to reduce CO2 emissions also encompass transport from sourcing countries directly to customers, as well as business travel and the use of company cars by the Group’s own employees.
By 2030, we want to have made our own business activities climate-neutral. This area includes our locations, transports, employee mobility, external data centers and cloud services. For example, we will switch from road or air freight to sea freight and rail transport, obtain high-quality certified green electricity or reduce business travel.
In the final step, we will compensate for unavoidable emissions with high-quality climate protection projects. In this context, we have entered into an exclusive cooperation with renowned partners from science and nature conservation in order to actively promote the restoration of German and European peatland areas. In addition to the close integration of climate, nature conservation and biodiversity, the project also provides concrete methods and procedures for a permanent reduction of CO2 emissions from peatland soils and generates its own certificates for compensation in the medium term. In addition, options for the exploitation of other products from peatlands in the sense of a circular economy will be examined in the business operations of the Otto Group.
To significantly reduce CO2 emissions at production facilities as well, the company-owned consulting firm Systain Consulting was conducting a training workshop in Vietnam together with the Otto Group, WWF, UN Global Compact, and companies in the textile industry. The goal here was to raise awareness of climate protection in the factories and to point out concrete solutions. With more than 80 producers and suppliers, the issue of climate protection within the supply chain was discussed for the first time in the framework of a multi-day workshop. Besides the central topics of energy efficiency and renewable energies, the systematic recording of CO2 emissions was dealt with. For the Future, we aim at building on this measure and continuously expanding our commitment to climate protection within the supply chain.