Generic Carbon Emissions Question 1

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Question

Is there a policy for the brand to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions?

  • Dutch version: Heeft het merk (bedrijf) enig beleid om de eigen CO2 uitstoot te beperken of te compenseren?
  • German version: Reduziert, minimiert und/oder kompensiert der Markenhersteller die betriebseigenen Treibhausgasemissionen?

Reference

This question is in line with the EU’s commitment to stop the rising trend of emissions and to prevent the most severe impacts of climate change. More information is provided on the EU website. This question also relates to standard G4-EN19 of the Global Reporting Initiative, and criterion 12 'Resource Management' and 13 'Climate-relevant Emissions' of the Sustainability Code 1 2 from the German Council of Sustainable Development.

‘Own operations’ are defined by ‘Scopes 1 & 2’ of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol; referring to emissions from the sources that are owned or controlled by the company, for example, owned and leased offices, vehicles, factories and shops; all including the used electricity. Staff flights/travel are often also included here as part of the footprint (though it's technically reported as Scope 3 emissions).

This question is probably the easiest of the entire list and should help brands make the first step. It is meant to encourage stragglers to be more transparent, and take action, even if the steps are small. With this question we do not consider the policy in terms of quantity, only in terms of concreteness: there should be at least a short description of goals, actions and outcomes.

Ranking guidelines

You can reward a ‘Yes’ to a company that describes goals (e.g. ‘reduce carbon emissions’), actions (e.g. ‘compensate the CEO’s intercontinental flights’) or outcomes (‘plant 100 trees planted, saving 1t of CO2’). For this question, the range of actions is not measured, so any small policy or action is counted as ‘Yes’.

You can also reward a 'Yes' to brands which maybe don't report on policy measures regarding climate protection in specific, but source effectively all raw materials from more sustainable sources, such as organic food ingredients or organic or recycled raw materials for garments.

Please mention in the remark section where you found the information to support your answer.

Answering guidelines

Yes:

  • [Brand] implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as the use of renewable energy.
  • [Brand] implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as the implementation of energy efficiency measures.
  • [Brand] takes several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as the implementation of energy efficiency measures and the use of renewable energy.
  • [Brand] takes several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as using renewable electricity at its [premises, stores, headquarter, office buildings, warehouses, ...*], or implementing energy efficiency measures to reduce the energy use – for instance with respect to [lighting, heating, ...*].
  • [Brand] implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as [...].
  • [Brand] implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, for instance with respect to [...].
  • [Brand] implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as processing environmentally preferable raw materials exclusively.


No:

  • [Brand] explicitly states not to [...].


?:

  • [Brand] does not communicate any information on a climate protection policy.
  • [Brand] refers to the importance of climate protection, but does not specify any measures implemented.
  • [Brand] aims to [... (e.g. ' minimize the effects on the environment's and the earth's natural resources ' )], but does not provide any clear [policies/actions/initiatives*] on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


-* You can pick the topic that applies to 'your' brand.

Note: when linking to a downloadable source document, please refer to the page(s) where to find the respective information with: (see link, page [..]).

Optional, but only for ? Answers, feel free to write at the end of a remark: Sustainability information should be easily accessible for consumers to make responsible choices.with: (see link, page [..]).