The environmental impacts of Hannover Re’s business operations are comparatively slight. We nevertheless take our responsibility for the environment very seriously and with the implementation of our environmental management system – which was certified according to DIN EN ISO 14001 in 2012 – we have put in place standard processes for dealing with environmental protection and specified concrete measures in our environmental programme.
In the year under review Hannover Re completed the successful changeover and certification of its environmental management system according to DIN EN ISO 14001:2015. In addition, we drew up our first environmental statement in accordance with the Eco Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) Regulation and had it validated by an environmental verifier. Major features of the EMAS Regulation include a rigorous orientation towards continuous improvement of environmental efficiency, the use of consistent performance indicators in relation to key environmental aspects as well as verification of compliance with legal requirements.
The focus of our efforts to conserve the environment is on reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions associated with the supply of electricity and heating to our premises as well as with our business travel. Having already converted our power supply at the German location to renewables, we now want to extend this progressively to our international offices as well.
Hannover Re’s carbon dioxide emissions at its German location in 2016 amounted to 9,023 (previous year: 8,581) tonnes, some 5.2% more than in the previous year. This is equivalent to per capita CO2 emissions of 6.7 tonnes (+ 4.2% compared to the previous year).
In 2016, as in previous years, we compensated for our unavoidable CO2 emissions caused by business travel by making voluntary offsetting payments to the international organisation “atmosfair”. In addition, the 2016 financial year was the first one in which we offset emissions from the use of district heating and from our paper consumption by purchasing climate certificates for the moorland project of Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND – Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland). We were thus successful for the first time in operating with a net zero carbon footprint at the Hannover location.
In the financial year just ended, as in prior years, we reported on our measures to reduce carbon dioxide emissions as part of the international initiative overseen by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP); in this context we achieved a score of B (Management).
The table below breaks down Hannover Re’s consumption and emissions over the past five years.
Our commitment to society has a long tradition. Hannover Re has been active as a sponsor of culture and social projects for several decades. Our activities extend beyond our location in Germany to our subsidiaries with their specific projects catering to social concerns in their own country. Content-wise, we concentrate our non-profit activities today on the areas of research, learning, art and music as well as on assisting our employees with their voluntary contributions to society.
Detailed explanatory remarks on our consumption of resources as well as extensive information on our social commitment can be found at www.hannover-re.com/60729/sustainability.
|Resources consumed at Hannover head office|
|Number of staff||1,349||1,337||1,289||1,219||1,164|
|Electricity (in kWh)||9,008,650||8,868,345||8,969,975||9,114,482||8,802,262|
|Heat (in kWh)||3,097,942||2,746,698||2,748,014||3,359,694||2,319,854|
|Water (in l)||16,664,000||17,088,000||15,176,000||15,778,000||14,961,000|
|Paper (in sheets)||5,753,750||6,600,810||7,551,200||8,502,060||8,766,000|
|Waste (in kg)||162,890||156,880||193,760||214,250||205,790|
|Business trips (in km)||20,738,566||20,530,043||20,447,867||18,185,062||16,654,504|
|CO2 emissions (in kg)3||9,023,000||8,581,000||7,798,000||7,203,000||4,984,000|
|1 Karl-Wiechert-Allee 50, Roderbruchstraße 21 and 26 as well as infant daycare centre, Karl-Wiechert-Allee 57 (pro rata), Hannover|
2 Karl-Wiechert-Allee 50, Roderbruchstraße 21 and 26 as well as infant daycare centre, Karl-Wiechert-Allee 57, Hannover
3 Radiative Forcing Index: 2.7