While the ecological footprint that ProSiebenSat.1 Group creates through its operational activities is relatively small compared to other industries, it is not insignificant. Although, as a media group, we are not in a manufacturing sector and do not use a great amount of resources or energy, we are aware of the ecological responsibility that we bear as a commercial enterprise.

We developed our first-ever holistic sustainability strategy for the Group in 2018, which we have been specifically implementing since the start of 2019. In this strategy, the environment is one of four key action areas. Our aim is to be climate neutral by 2030. Primarily, we want to achieve this target by reducing our energy consumption. In the future, we also plan to offset CO2 with our own climate protection projects and certificates. Extensive, Group-wide measures will be implemented successively from 2020. In this context, the road map includes measures relating to green productions and green events, travel management and the travel policy, vehicle fleet management and the company car policy, and the disposal and recycling of waste. In addition, sustainability certification in accordance with the LEED model (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is planned for the new campus in Unterföhring, currently under construction.

 

Emissions

Our carbon footprint includes direct greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 1), indirect greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 2) and greenhouse gas emissions from upstream and downstream stages in the value chain (Scope 3).

Explanatory Notes on ProSiebenSat.1 Group’s Carbon Footprint can be found here.

CARBON FOOTPRINT OF PROSIEBENSAT.1 GROUP [Greenhouse gas emissions (CO2 equivalents) in tons]

Greenhouse gas emissions (CO2 equivalents) in tons

2019

2018 2017

2016

2015

Scope 1: 

Direct greenhouse gas emissions

 

• Vehicle fleet
• Fuel oil
• Diesel

2,110

1,910

2,456

2,371

2,933

Scope 2:

Indirect greenhouse gas emissions*

 

• Electricity
• District heating & geothermal energy

10,557

(location-based)

2,882

(market-based)

11,804
(location-based)

10,460
(market-based)

12,478
(location-based)

4,035
(market-based)

12,058
(location-based)

3,471
(market-based)

11,384
(location-based)

2,800
(market-based)

Scope 3:

Greenhouse gas emissions from upstream and downstream stages of the value chain

 

• Fuels and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or 2
• Waste from operating processes
• Employee commuting
• Business travel (plane, train, rental car, taxi)

16,292

20,605

17,356

15,130

9,787

Total emissions from Scope 1, 2 and 3

28,959

(location-based)

21,284

(market-based)

34,319
(location-based)

32,975
(market-based)

32,289
(location-based)

23,847
(market-based)

29,559
(location-based)

20,973
(market-based)

24,104
(location-based)

15,520
(market-based)

When calculating the carbon footprint, we were guided by the criteria and definitions of the Sustainability Reporting Guidelines (Standards) of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). The data was collected on the basis of internal guidelines. In addition, we aligned the calculation of our carbon footprint and selected data on indirect CO2 emissions (Scope 3) to the following standards: the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol – Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard, the Corporate Value Chain Accounting and Reporting Protocol of the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). All of ProSiebenSat.1 Group’s own sites and employees were included in the carbon footprint.

*Energy consumption by the production studios and computer centers outside of the Unterföhring and Berlin sites is not included.

Scope 1: As it was the case in the previous year, the direct emissions are mainly generated by ProSiebenSat.1’s vehicle fleet.

Scope 2: The significant year-on-year decrease in energy indirect emissions (market-based) is due to the purchase of green electricity at the Unterföhring site.

Scope 3: Business trips and commuting are responsible for the majority of the reported greenhouse gas emissions from upstream and downstream stages in the value chain.