Higher temperatures, rising sea levels, habitat loss and the displacement of wild animals, extreme weather events such as heat waves, forest fires and floods – these are all the consequences of climate change. Greenhouse gas emissions are driving our world to the edge of collapse and urgently need to be reduced, today rather than tomorrow. Siemens Mobility Services is at the forefront of developing solutions that are contributing to Siemens’ goal of running CO2 neutral business operations by 2030 and making the air we breathe cleaner.
2,300 kg. That’s roughly the weight of a luxury limousine. Or the maximum amount of CO2 that each of us can produce every year if we are not to make climate change even worse. Sounds like a lot? Let’s just do some quick arithmetic here: if you drive 34 kilometers to work and back each day you are already producing 2,000 kg of CO2 a year. Add in a typical household refrigerator with annual emissions of around 100 kg and you have almost used up your entire climate budget. One return flight to Singapore emits a whopping 6,000 kg of CO2 – so you would have to not drive at all for three years to balance these emissions out again.
This simple calculation makes it clear how important it is to reduce CO2 emissions. And even if we are working from home and hardly traveling at all during these corona times, this will not last forever. So, now is the time to act! Siemens Mobility Services is setting a good example on several fronts.
Make way for EVs!
Besides space heating and electricity, vehicle fleets are a key lever for cutting CO2 emissions. They account for a large part of Siemens’ total emissions. Currently, the majority of the company’s vehicles still have internal combustion engines and their annual fuel consumption would be enough to circumnavigate the globe 31,351 times over, or travel to the moon and back 1,634 times. Siemens Mobility Services will therefore be rolling out electric vehicles to replace these diesel cars over the next few years. At the same time we are also collaborating with internal Siemens customers on concrete measures to cut CO2 emissions. For instance, since the last fiscal year, all sales and service personnel have had the option of choosing an electric vehicle as a company car. Siemens provides financial support for charging these EVs at home, at the workplace and en route.
What’s the real cost of an airline ticket?
Although the contribution of business travel to Siemens’ CO2 emissions is comparatively small and its employees are taking far fewer flights at present due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Siemens Mobility Services is nevertheless working together with its customers to create sustainable travel solutions. Because traveling by car or plane has a massive impact on the climate.
The related figures have recently been made available in a database in which emissions from business flights and company vehicles are collated and correlated. To make them less abstract, they are translated directly into monetary values: Siemens would have to invest €6.5 million in climate protection projects to offset its CO2 emissions in 2020. In an afforestation project, this would require the planting of 19,542,709 trees, which would cover an area equivalent to 78,204 football pitches or one and half times the size of Germany.
Knowledge engenders awareness
Such striking numbers help raise awareness and encourage more environmentally friendly decisions. Siemens Mobility Services has consequently revised Siemens’ global guidelines on company vehicles so employees no longer have complete freedom when choosing a vehicle. In addition, when planning business trips, staff will be presented with information about the CO2 emissions of the various airlines so they can make climate-friendly decisions. Siemens has also encouraged alternatives such as virtual meetings for many years already.
Along with driving transparency, awareness and electrification, Siemens Mobility Services is also constantly striving to extend our knowledge and develop existing solutions. An interdisciplinary board comprising members from Supply Chain Management, Human Resources, Siemens Real Estate, Smart Infrastructure and Corporate Technology along with external experts regularly meets to exchange new insights and drive forward existing solutions.
Siemens Mobility Services is collaborating in a number of projects to actively help Siemens customers cut their CO2 emissions and consequently contribute to climate protection. This is a major step which is helping to create a cleaner tomorrow. Why not join us today?