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As a media company, ProSiebenSat.1 does not count among the energy-intensive manufacturing industries that use a lot of resources. Nonetheless, we are aware of our ecological responsibility that we face as a business corporation. 

Together with our employees and in dialog with our stakeholders, we can help to slow down climate change and conserve our environment by taking care in the way we use resources and, for example, reducing our energy consumption and CO2 emissions through targeted measures. In 2012, we therefore switched the power supply at our headquarters in Unterföhring to green electricity. Since 2017, our computer centers in Unterföhring have been used to heat the office buildings. In addition, ProSiebenSat.1 Group’s travel policy was amended in February 2017. Domestic German flights on routes like Munich-Frankfurt or Hamburg-Berlin and back are no longer permitted in favor of alternative means of transport such as rail. In the future, we will focus even more sharply on the preferred selection of electricity providers, waste disposal companies and other partners for whom environmental aspects play a significant role. In the planned renovation of the campus in Unterföhring, the Group is also aiming for sustainability certification according to the LEED model. The operational responsibility for environment and climate protection at our corporate headquarter in Unterföhring is delegated to the department of Corporate Procurement & Real Estate as well as to the decentralized management boards of the respective ProSiebenSat.1 Group’s assets. The responsibility for the carbon footprint assessment and the sustainability reporting rests with the department of Corporate Communication.

Energy Consumption

The efficient consumption of energy saves costs for the Company and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, we opt for an environmental friendly energy supply with a favorable ecobalance. In 2017, ProSiebenSat.1’s energy consumption amounted to around 50 GWh (previous year: around 44 GWh) and primarily comprised the purchase of electricity and heat. Energy consumption outside the Company is represented in the carbon footprint indirectly via the Scope 3 emissions.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Our climate assessment includes direct greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 1), indirect greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 2) and greenhouse gas emissions from upstream and downstream stages of the value chain (Scope 3). ProSiebenSat.1 is continuously working on integrating all sources of CO2 emissions into the data collection. Compared to previous years, we have successively increased the coverage of measured activity data in order to improve the accuracy of the reported carbon footprint and create even more transparency. For the future, we are planning to further expand the coverage of Scope 3 emissions, especially with regard to the business models and investments in ProSiebenSat.1’s digital business.

 

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

Greenhouse gas emissions (CO2 equivalents) in tons

2017

2016

2015

Scope 1: 

Direct greenhouse gas emissions

 

• Vehicle fleet
• Fuel oil
• Diesel
• Natural gas

2,456

2,371

2,933

Scope 2:

Indirect greenhouse gas emissions*

 

• Electricity
• District heating & geothermal energy

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)

17,356

15,130

9,787

Total emissions from Scope 1, 2 and 3

 

(without use of sold products)

32,289
(location-based)

23,847
(market-based)

29,559
(location-based)

20,973
(market-based)

24,104
(location-based)

15,520
(market-based)

Use of sold products

307,916

367,268

N/A

Total emissions from Scope 1, 2 and 3

331,762

388,241

N/A

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


* Not including energy consumption of production studios and computer centers outside of Unterföhring and Berlin.

Disposal

ProSiebenSat.1 is not an industrial enterprise with a large number of production sites; most of the Group’s waste therefore comprises mixed municipal waste, organic excavated soil and construction waste. We aim to contribute as many waste products as possible to the recycling loop and select our disposal partners on this basis.

Mobility

In 2016, we incorporated the first electric vehicles into our fleet and set up e-charging stations on the ProSiebenSat.1 Campus in Unterföhring. The cars are charged with certified hydroelectricity and can be used by our employees. In addition, the Group negotiated master agreements with car-sharing providers. This gives our employees the opportunity to register, for free, for the more environmentally friendly alternative to their own cars and to use this service both for business travel and private trips. Our Group business travel policy requires ProSiebenSat.1 employees to eschew flights for shorter distances and to use more environmentally friendly alternatives like trains. As of 2017, for example, no flights are generally allowed to be taken from Munich to Frankfurt and back. In addition, when traveling long distances with Deutsche Bahn, our employees use electricity from renewable energy sources and are thus 100% carbon neutral on the way.