wiwi consult is climate-neutral!
We have compensated our CO2 emissions caused since 2016 in a project for the renaturation of the Ahlenmoor in the district of Cuxhaven.
In April we successfully completed our repowering project in the Hunsrück region. The seven Enercon E-141 turbines with a hub height of 159 metres produce around 67 Million kWh per year.
Whether during the planning and financing or the construction stage or when already in operation, we will identify tweaks which can be made to increase the economic efficiency and competitiveness of projects.
Many companies use the English term Corporate Social Responsibility or CSR for short instead of sustainability. This refers to the social responsibility of companies in accordance with socially, economically and ecologically sustainable management. We have decided to use the clear and easy-to-understand term sustainability. It combines the aspects of climate neutrality, compatibility of work and family as well as a green way to work.
Sustainability is a core issue for us as a company in the renewable energy sector and not only part of our daily work, but also a mission statement that we hold dear. Since the founding of wiwi consult, we have been intensively engaged in sustainable business and regularly evaluate how we can further reduce our ecological footprint and make the working environment more pleasant for our colleagues.
Not least thanks to the “Fridays for Future” movement, climate protection and the 1.5-degree target have finally moved to the top of the political agenda. The public debate is partly conducted on an emotional level. For our part, we have initially set our sights on a very concrete goal: complete climate neutrality! Together with Klimapatenschaft GmbH from Elmshorn, we have evaluated and quantitatively recorded our CO2 footprint for the year 2019. In a detailed analysis, all emissions that each and every one of us in our company has caused in our professional context were considered. Different categories were evaluated separately:
Category 1 - Direct emissions:
This includes those emissions, which are caused by the combustion of fossil fuels from our own mobile or stationary plants. This category represents, above all, approximately 11,000 kilometres we covered in 2019 with our company vehicles for construction site appointments or trade fair appearances.
Category 2 – Indirect emissions:
Indirect emissions are understood to be those emissions, which are caused by purchased electricity, steam, heat or cold. In this area, this mainly related to the district heating and electricity we purchased for the office, including the IT infrastructure.
Category 3 – Other indirect emissions:
This category includes emissions that occur along the upstream and downstream value chain of a company. Two major complexes emerged here: on the one hand, business travel -including arrival by car, train or plane -and hotel overnight stays. On the other hand, the daily office routine: rush hour traffic, waste accumulation, printer paper or the food provided for the whole team such as water, coffee and fresh fruit.
Once our entire CO2 company balance sheet was completely recorded, the next step was to find a suitable project to offset our emissions – and we found it in Lower Saxony. For the project KlimaMoor “Am Löh”, part of the Ahlenmoor in Lower Saxony is being renaturalised. This is a particularly suitable compensation measure for us, because moors are an important habitat for many rare animal and plant species, the protection of which constitutes a significant input to the biological diversity of our nature.
Furthermore, moors bind a lot of CO2 and release it only over a very long period of time. Due to our participation in the project, approx. 275 tonnes of CO2 will be bound by the moor for a period of 50 years. In addition to the emissions from 2019 and 2020, we are thus covering the emissions also retroactively since the company was founded in 2016.
wiwi consult is a climate-neutral company!
A healthy work-life balance is very important for the satisfaction and efficiency in the team. Many of our colleagues are mothers and fathers and therefore strongly involved outside the office. We therefore rely on flexibility and personal responsibility when it comes to organising working hours and holiday planning. There is no fixed number of holiday days, everyone divides his or her time freely.
Working from a home office is also possible at any time, even at short notice. In this way, no important medical appointment or leisure activities of the children have to be cancelled due to work. This trust is repaid through focused and concentrated work. The positive spirit of community and good atmosphere among the team is also evident in joint activities such as the annual “wiwi consult family day”.
The steady increase in private transport is an ever-growing problem for our cities. It is largely caused by commuters who play a considerable part in congested roads and high CO2 emissions in city centres. This situation is a thorn in our side. That is why we try to encourage our colleagues to change to the bicycle or public transport by means of attractive offers. With the JobRad, sponsored by wiwi consult, a company bicycle can be leased in the same way as a company car. With the JobTicket for public transport, which is also sponsored by wiwi consult, the way to work can be managed in a relaxed way, independently of the traffic volume. The feedback received so far confirms that this project is the right choice.