We strive to optimize our own CO2 footprint. To assess our footprint, we use representative life cycle appraisals across all product categories. We also assess data on the raw materials and packaging materials we use, as well as the transport operations.
Overall, production of our products accounts for around one percent of our carbon footprint along the value chain. This includes direct emissions (Scope 1) and indirect emissions from purchased energy (Scope 2). The majority of direct sources are incinerators, for example, for the operation of boilers. However, mobile combustion sources such as vehicle engines are also responsible for Scope 1 emissions. Examples include trucks, forklifts and other vehicles. Purchased energy (Scope 2) primarily includes electricity purchased, but also steam, heating and cooling.
Indirect emissions within our value chain (Scope 3) account for almost 99 percent of our operational CO2 footprint. The use of our products accounts for around two thirds, and the raw materials and packaging for around one quarter. This is where we find the most potential to reduce emissions and contribute to climate protection. The transport of our products and disposal/recycling account for around 6 percent of our emissions.