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Our world is ill – and it's sweating. Even if all states meet their commitments made at the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference, by 2100, the Earth is heading for global warming of 3.2° C. To reach the target of a maximum of 1.5 degrees of global warming much more must be done – and much faster.
"By signing the 'Business Ambition for 1.5⁰ C', we've committed to aligning our business activities to limit the global temperature rise to 1.5° C and to implementing measures that are suitable for this purpose," explains Angela Cackovich, Board Member for Direct Industries at tesa SE. Up to now, less than 200 leading companies worldwide have signed the commitment. The "Science-Based Targets Initiative reviewed the corporate targets" (SBTi) – a partnership between CDP (formerly, Carbon Disclosure Project), UN Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI), and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) – and approved in May 2020, as the initiative announced on June 18.
Head of Direct Industries tesa SE
The achievement of tesa's climate targets relates to the company's generation and procurement of energy required for production and administrative areas. The 2025 target of the internationally operating adhesive tape group is to reduce CO2 emissions in absolute terms by 30% compared to 2018. In recent years, many measures to increase energy efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions have already been taken at tesa. The specific CO2 emissions per ton of end product in 2019 decreased by 34.5% compared to 2015. The cut of almost 60,000 tons of CO2 achieved in the past four years, although increasing sales, is mainly due to specific energy efficiency measures and green electricity in the tesa production facilities.
At present, 27% of our electricity comes from renewable sources, and 38% is efficiently produced by CHP (combined heat and power): Thus, today, only 35% of our electricity comes from conventional sources. This value is to be significantly reduced in the medium term, for example, by increasing the use of green electricity and additional investments in CHP and solar energy systems at selected locations.
billion tons of CO2
The Earth's atmosphere consists of 78% nitrogen and 21% oxygen. The remaining parts are trace gases that have either arisen from radioactive decay (for example, noble gases such as argon, neon) or belong to the group of atmospheric trace gases (carbon dioxide, methane, sulfur dioxide, ozone). Despite shallow concentration, the "lever" or the effect of these trace gases on our climate is all the higher. The natural greenhouse effect alone is responsible for an average temperature of +15° C on Earth. Without trace elements or greenhouse gases, the average temperature on Earth would be -18° C
In the coming years, we will strive to reduce the CO2 footprint, particularly products, purchased goods, and logistics processes. Business travel habits will also change due to the positive experience with video conferences in recent weeks. The remaining emissions that cannot be reduced by 2050 are compensated for by a voluntary CO2 compensation program. All in all, tesa aims to be climate neutral by 2050 following the Paris Climate Agreement. To this end, by 2025, a seven-digit Euro amount will be invested in corporate climate protection measures and targets.
board member responsible for the tesa Group’s sustainability agenda
With their commitment to the initiative 'Business Ambition for 1.5° C', for the first time, tesa stands shoulder to shoulder with Beiersdorf in a core area of their sustainability strategies. This proves that, despite different challenges, the parent company's sustainability efforts and the affiliate will be aligned and coordinated more extensively in the coming years.