In order to develop RIEGLER & Co. KG into a 100-percent net-zero company, we have had our total carbon emissions professionally recorded by ClimatePartner GmbH since 2019.
This corporate carbon footprint forms the basis for our sustainable climate protection strategy: First we implement an emissions reduction plan to cut as many emissions as possible through our own efforts, or ideally avoid them altogether. We then offset unavoidable emissions by contributing to international climate protection projects.
This way, we have been able to reduce and offset our emissions and have been a 100-percent net-zero company since 2021.
As a company, we have a responsibility towards our planet, our society, our employees and our business partners. We want and must do our bit to reduce carbon emissions and to preserve our world for future generations. We are guided in this by the Paris climate goals and Sustainable Development Goal number 13 – climate action. This is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were agreed in 2015 as part of the UN Agenda 2030. For us as a company, we believe climate protection is where we can make the greatest possible impact and have the greatest opportunities to become active.
To achieve these goals, we take various measures, such as the use of 100-percent green power, energy-saving programs, or a sustainable mobility concept.
We currently offset carbon emissions with sustainable offsetting programs. By developing new methods and holding discussions with the relevant partners, we also want to reduce them through our own efforts in future.
One important element in the climate balance is mobility. That’s why we have started to switch our fleet over to electric and/or hybrid vehicles, and are planning to achieve 100-percent electromobility by 2030.
We are reducing paper consumption: Our main catalogue and brochures are becoming more compact and are being shifted more online. We also send out our invoices in digital form, and we’re gradually moving our shipping papers to this format too. Where we still use paper, we make sure it is recycled with a lower grammage. All mail is sent using “GoGreen”, the climate-neutral mail service of Deutsche Post.
We work with parcel service provider GLS. By using GLS KlimaProtect, we already send packages to our clients in a climate-neutral way.
Beyond our day-to-day operations, we also support meaningful conservation projects in the region. After all, we have a responsibility as a company not only to ensure economic growth, but also to stimulate sustainable development locally.
Bees are one of the most important types of insects in the ecological balance and at the same time among the most threatened by humans. That’s why we have teamed up with Stadtbienen.org to host two bee colonies on our Bad Urach site.
In the spirit of sustainable business, we choose not to send Christmas gifts to our business partners and instead make an annual donation to the conservation organization NABU – Naturschutzbund Deutschland e. V.
We are turning the open green spaces on our company premises into blossoming meadows. This way, we save on costly grass-cutting, reduce water consumption, and provide plants and insects with a natural habitat.
Furthermore, we also avoid disposable packaging within the company and use glass instead of plastic bottles, as well as fully-automated coffee machines instead of coffee pods. In addition to this, all employees get a Dopper drinking bottle made of recycled ocean plastic, which they can fill at the water dispensers.
Some emissions cannot be avoided entirely. In cooperation with external partners and service providers in particular, we can only stimulate change through discussion. That’s why we offset the carbon emissions we simply cannot avoid generating in full through our support for sustainable projects in cooperation with ClimatePartner GmbH.
As a future-oriented company with longstanding roots in Bad Urach, we know: Only by solving problems pre-emptively can we create real added value. That’s why we are continuing to develop our company and our portfolio further. We apply this same approach to the challenge of manmade climate change: We set our goals and find our own paths to solutions.Find out more about RIEGLER & Co. KG