The environmental impacts of our commercial operations are comparatively slight, deriving principally from business trips taken by our employees and their commuting to and from work as well as the operation of our office premises. Nevertheless, we take our responsibility for the environment very seriously. In our Sustainability Strategy we regularly define concrete targets and measures for protecting the environment and conserving resources.
Back in 2012 we put in place standard processes at the Hannover location to address environmental protection and we specified concrete measures in our environmental programme. Our environmental management system has since been recertified annually, from 2016 onwards according to the revised standard DIN EN ISO 14001:2015. Since 2016 we have also published annually a validated EMAS III Environmental Statement in fulfilment of the Europe-wide legal requirement to perform energy audits. The environmental management system records the consumption and emissions data for the Hannover sites of Hannover Rück SE, E+S Rückversicherung AG and (until the end of 2018) International Insurance Company of Hannover SE (Inter Hannover SE) as well as the associated infant daycare centre and hence covers roughly 43% of the global workforce.
The focus of our efforts to conserve the environment is on reducing CO2 emissions caused by the supply of electricity and heat to our premises as well as those resulting from our business travel. We have operated with a net zero carbon footprint at the Hannover location since 2016. The changeover to renewable energy and the offsetting of greenhouse gas emissions caused by air travel through payments to the climate protection organisation atmosfair were key factors in this achievement.
Having already converted our power supply at the Hannover location to renewables, we now want to extend this progressively to our international offices as well.
We actively support the work of local and international initiatives for climate protection. For example, we are engaged in a number of environmental conservation projects, including the local initiative “Climate Alliance Hannover 2020”.
|Goal to be achieved by 2020:|
Operational environmental protection
|Continuous refinement of environmental management||Since 2016 our Hannover location has been carbon-neutral. In
2018 we began to record the business trips made by plane at our
offices in the Asia-Pacific region. The goal is to fully offset the CO2
emissions caused there by plane travel from 2020 onwards.|
In relation to our direct environmental aspects we have set various operational goals to be achieved by 2020, which are published in our EMAS environmental statement. These include, inter alia, reducing our power consumption by 10% per employee, cutting the need for climate-neutral heating energy by 5%, lowering paper consumption by 15% and maintaining our levels of water consumption and CO2 emissions.