KNORR-Bremse says it has achieved carbon neutrality across all group sites and is on course to halve all carbon emissions by 2030 without applying carbon credits or offsets.
The company says it cut all residual emissions to 35,000 tonnes by the end of 2021, which compares with 133,000 tonnes in 2018, the baseline. Both production and service sites were responsible for a significant proportion of these emissions.
The successful reduction is largely the result of using green energy, which accounts for a steadily increasing proportion of Knorr-Bremse’s energy consumption. In 2021, 98% of electricity supplied to the group worldwide came from renewable energy sources, obtained through green contracts or certificates. Knorr-Bremse has also implemented projects which aim to save 5500MWh of energy per year and expand the group’s in-house electricity generation capacity by 1900MWh per year.
“We regard climate action as a key aspect of our corporate responsibility,” says Mr Frank Markus Weber, CFO and executive board spokesperson at Knorr-Bremse. “As part of our Climate Strategy 2030, we’re pressing ahead with our climate action initiatives as our corporate contribution to the Paris Climate Accords. In 2021, we reached a key milestone - to make our Knorr-Bremse operations carbon-neutral. And by 2021, we also succeeded in cutting our CO2 emissions by more than 73% compared with 2018.”