CO2 foot­print:
More than just a number

The pre­pa­ra­ti­on of a car­bon foot­print adds an important com­po­nent to the con­sump­ti­on figu­res. This is becau­se it is only through this that the envi­ron­men­tal impact of the various emit­ters beco­mes clear.

The pre­pa­ra­ti­on of our car­bon foot­print is an important and com­ple­men­ta­ry source of infor­ma­ti­on to our con­sump­ti­on figu­res. This is becau­se it is only through this that the envi­ron­men­tal impact of ener­gy con­sump­ti­on, the use of various dyes and auxi­lia­ries or even busi­ness trips beco­mes clear. 

But mea­su­ring the impact of our busi­ness acti­vi­ties on the increase in green­house gases – and thus our con­tri­bu­ti­on to cli­ma­te chan­ge – is again only a limi­t­ed con­side­ra­ti­on. In the con­cept of pla­ne­ta­ry boun­da­ries, cli­ma­te chan­ge is only one of nine dimen­si­ons. The­se include, for exam­p­le, bio­di­ver­si­ty loss, oce­an aci­di­fi­ca­ti­on and air pol­lu­ti­on. Howe­ver, a real mea­su­re­ment of the impact at com­pa­ny level can curr­ent­ly be imple­men­ted main­ly through the cal­cu­la­ti­on of our CO2 footprint.

CO2 foot­print for pro­duc­tion at the Rhei­ne site

Our CO2 foot­print was drawn up using the “Eco-Cock­pit” pro­gram­me by the regio­nal agen­cy “Effi­zi­enz­agen­tur NRW”. This pro­gram­me is based on the Green­house Gas Pro­to­col, which is a glo­bal­ly valid docu­men­ta­ti­on instru­ment for recor­ding green­house gases. The holi­stic approach looks at three dif­fe­rent are­as, the so-cal­led “sco­pes”.


kg CO2 equivalent

Our detail­ed CO2 foot­print incl. a descrip­ti­on of the cal­cu­la­ti­on and sys­tem limits can be found in our cur­rent →Envi­ron­men­tal Statement.

What is the level of CO2 emis­si­ons in the manu­fac­tu­re of a bed linen set?

We can ans­wer this ques­ti­on! We have alre­a­dy pre­pared over 50 pro­duct foot­prints for various cli­ents. Some­ti­mes, the infor­ma­ti­on was used to deci­de on new pro­jects, and some­ti­mes to draw up their own car­bon foot­print. Of cour­se, every cus­to­mer always recei­ves back­ground infor­ma­ti­on on the coll­ec­tion of data and the struc­tu­re of the foot­print ana­ly­sis. This is becau­se trans­pa­ren­cy is the be-all and end-all of deter­mi­ning a CO2 footprint!

Pro­duct footprint
kg CO2 equivalent

that are crea­ted during the pro­duc­tion of a pil­low and duvet set

Raw fabric 
Natu­ral gas 
Dyes and auxiliaries 
Gar­ment assembly 

Other emit­ters are yarn, was­te water, was­te and transport.

Fur­ther artic­les on the topic

Planetary boundaries

Planetary boundaries are the ecological boundaries of the Earth, the transgression of which endangers the stability of the ecosystem and the livelihoods of humankind. In this concept, climate change is only one of nine ecological dimensions. These include, for example, biodiversity loss, ocean acidification and also air pollution. The planetary boundaries are intended to define a "safe space" for human action on Earth. Certain threshold values must not be exceeded or fallen short of, in order not to endanger the resilience of the Earth as a system. For some processes, there are tipping points in the Earth’s system where crossing them would cause abrupt and irreversible changes.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Planetary boundaries

Planetary boundaries according to Rockström et al. 2009

Development of water consumption in m3

The high level of water consumption in production brings with it a corresponding volume of waste water. Compliance with the limit values from the Waste Water Ordinance is ensured by the indirect discharge permit. The daily control of the mixing and equalisation basin by our employees, as well as through the regular inspections by the responsible monitoring authorities, give us the necessary security. 

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