Munich Re Foundation - CO2 balance sheet 2009
Total CO2 emissions
The total CO2 emissions of the Munich Re Foundation amounted to 1,425 t, mostly related to events, i.e. 1,354.9 t CO2 (95%). Emissions from office activities (electricity, heating) and business travel were relatively low, amounting to 19.3 t (1.4%) and 50.6 t (3.6%) respectively.
Fig. 1: Total CO2 emissions (t) attributable to the Munich Re Foundation
Fig. 2: Comparison of total CO2 emissions (t) from 2006 to 2009
CO2 emissions generated by events
Travel by participants was used to determine events-related emissions, whereas short-term operation of event rooms was excluded.The Microinsurance Conference in Dakar was the main source of emissions, at 1,160.9 t CO2 (85.7%). The increase in emissions by 8% was mainly due to the fact that participants had to travel longer distances on average and thus their CO2 emissions were higher than in 2008.
Fig 3: CO2 (t) emissions produced by events
CO2 emissions generated by business operations
Emissions caused by business operations (office, travel) totalling 69.9 t CO2, are broken down into 19.3 t CO2 (28%) from office activities (electricity, heating)* and 50.6 t CO2 (72%) from business trips, most of which is air travel**.
Fig 4: CO2 emissions (t) generated by business operations
* Since the data for 2009 are not yet available, the data for 2007 were used to estimate emissions caused by office operations.
** An RFI (radiative forcing index) factor of 2.7 is applied to air travel. It is assumed that each flight involves 100 km of travel to and from the airport.
18 February 2010