Climate Neutrality

Precisis AG is a climate neutral company

As an innovative company, Precisis feels obliged to make a contribution to more health. In addition to physical and mental well-being, a permanently healthy environment also contributes to maintaining our high quality of life. Therefore we find it coherent to combine technological product development with commitment to the environment.

Why is our company committed to global climate protection?

The international community has agreed that global warming must be limited to less than 2 degrees Celsius - or better still, 1.5 degrees - to prevent catastrophic consequences. However, the current pledges made by individual states are only sufficient to limit global warming to a maximum of 4 degrees Celsius. Closing this ambition gap will require additional and substantial commitment from businesses and citizens. We have recognized that voluntary emission reductions and the compensation of unavoidable emissions are essential to effectively counteract climate change. That is why we have decided to neutralize our CO2 emissions and thus want to make a contribution to a future worth living. Because we not only want to analyse the problems, but also tackle and solve them.

For this reason, we have had the greenhouse gas emissions caused by our company's activities recorded and offset by purchasing a total of 80 climate protection certificates for the years 2020 and 2021. With these certificates, we are supporting a forest reforestation project in Uganda that has been certified by the Gold Standard.
We are aware of our special responsibility as a company towards future generations and have acted accordingly. The Fokus Zukunft GmbH & Co. KG determined the impact of our company on the climate for us: Our CO2 footprint amounts to approx. 40 tons of CO2-equivalent pollutants per year. To illustrate: On average, a person in Germany causes about 11.6 tons of CO2 per year through his lifestyle.

This greenhouse gas balance sheet provides a transparent overview of the greenhouse gas emissions of our company. The report thus forms an important building block in our commitment to climate protection. On the basis of the values determined and through the purchase of a corresponding quantity of climate certificates, our company has been made climate neutral. For the compensation of our greenhouse gases we have received the award "climate neutral company".

This makes our company one of the first in our industry to voluntarily offset its emissions under the Clean Development Mechanism.

With a total of 80 certificates, we support a forest reforestation project in Uganda that has been certified by the Gold Standard.

By the end of 2016, over 8 million trees had already been planted here on an area of around 8,000 hectares. This has created jobs for more than 600 people, who benefit from other advantages such as the provision of accommodation and medical care. In addition, local schools are supported and a long-term programme to increase agricultural productivity and improve water supply is being established.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1What is a Carbon Footprint?
The carbon footprint is a measure of the amount of greenhouse gases (measured in CO₂ equivalents) that are produced directly and indirectly, through an activity of an individual, a company, an organisation or a product. It includes the resulting emissions from raw materials, production, transport, trade, use, recycling and disposal. The basic idea of the CO2 footprint or carbon footprint is therefore to create a basis on which influences on the climate can be measured, evaluated and compared. In this way, necessary reduction potentials can be identified, measures developed and their effectiveness evaluated.
2What does climate neutrality mean?
According to the principle of the "Clean Development Mechanism" described in the Kyoto Protocol, greenhouse gases that are produced in one place on earth and cannot be avoided should be saved by climate protection projects in another place. To finance these, companies buy certificates for corresponding climate protection projects from the six available project sectors (biomass, cooking stoves, solar energy, forest protection, hydropower and wind energy). Each certificate represents 1 ton of CO2 saved by the respective project. There are numerous climate protection projects worldwide, most of which support renewable energy projects. The initiators of these projects receive emission credits for their commitment, which can be traded in the form of climate protection certificates. The amount is measured, for example, by comparing it with the emissions that would have resulted from the construction of a coal-fired power plant.
3How was the amount of CO2 emissions by our company calculated?
We commissioned the external sustainability consulting firm Fokus Zukunft to calculate our company's footprint. The emissions balance was calculated using the official Greenhouse Gas Protocol guidelines.
4Which greenhouse gases are included in the calculation?
The calculation of greenhouse gas emissions includes the seven main greenhouse gases defined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Kyoto Protocol: carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), nitrogen trifluoride (NF3) and sulphur hexafluoride (SF6).
5Which quality criteria are met by the climate protection projects?
The climate protection projects we purchase are each accredited, approved and controlled according to one of the three internationally recognised certification standards - VCS (Verified Carbon Standard), UN CER (Certified Emission Reduction of the United Nations) or the Gold Standard developed by WWF. The validation of the project results, in terms of the CO2 savings achieved, is certified by independent testing bodies such as TÜV.
6What happens to the CO2 certificates after they have been purchased?
The purchased number of CO2 certificates will be retired. This is important because this retirement is a prerequisite for the design and marketing of CO2-neutral companies and/or products. Without retirement, a CO2 certificate could continue to be traded on the voluntary market if necessary, which would not result in any additional reduction in emissions.