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As part of its efforts to become climate neutral, Koehler Paper wants to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2030. To achieve this, Koehler has joined the Baden-Württemberg Climate Alliance between the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of the Environment and various companies in the state. The members of this alliance are committed to providing each other with mutual support so that the climate protection goals of both policymakers and businesses can be achieved.
As part of its efforts to become climate neutral, Koehler Paper has set for itself the goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2030 in comparison to 2020. This corresponds to about 360,000 tonnes of CO₂ per year.
Koehler Paper Joins Baden-Württemberg Climate Alliance and Commits to Significant Greenhouse Gas Reductions by 2030
By signing the Paris Agreement, which was initiated by the United Nations in December 2015, the global community paved the way for a forward-looking climate protection strategy. The objective is to maintain the average global rise in temperature at significantly below 2 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels. Moreover, the signatories agreed to make efforts to further limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius. As one of Europe's leading economic regions, Baden-Württemberg has a particular responsibility in this regard, with a key role to be played by the world of business.
In order for it to fulfill this role, a climate alliance has been agreed between the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of the Environment and various companies in the federal state. The partners have undertaken to provide each other with mutual support so that the climate protection objectives of both policy-makers and businesses can be achieved. Koehler Paper has now joined this alliance.
Planned Reduction in CO₂ Emissions
In 2020, the Koehler Group began drawing up a group-wide climate strategy, which was adopted in 2021. Dr. Stefan Karrer, Chief Operating Officer of the Koehler Group, specifically goes over the following objective: "By 2025, we aim to have reduced our 'scope 2' emissions by 90% compared to the baseline year 2020. This includes emissions produced in order to generate the energy required for paper production." As soon as 2030, Koehler also wants to reduce 'scope 1' emissions by 80%, and obtain 100% of its electricity and heat from renewable sources in pure accounting terms. Scope 1 emissions include, for instance, CO₂ emissions released when producing energy from black coal.
Comprehensive CO₂ reduction measures already initiated
In order to achieve these ambitious goals, a comprehensive set of measures has already been initiated. For example, Koehler Paper is planning to fully convert its power plant at its Oberkirch site to biomass in the coming years. Switching to biomass as a primary fuel instead of coal will cut annual CO₂ emissions by more than 150,000 metric tons. The converted power plant is due to be commissioned in 2024. The company is investing around EUR 70 million in this endeavor.