Environmental Performance

Munich Re Foundation – 2010 carbon footprint

Total CO2 emissions

In 2010, the Munich Re Foundation's total carbon emissions came to 1,954.4 t CO2, the bulk of 1,865.3 t (95.4%) being due to events. Emissions from office activities (electricity, heating) and business travel – 19.3 t (1.0%) and 69.8 t (3.6%) respectively – were low by comparison.

Fig. 1: Total CO2 emissions (t) attributable to the Munich Re Foundation

Total emissions for 2010 were again up on the previous year – by 529.6 t CO2 (37%) – due to the considerable travelling distances involved and a further increase in participant numbers at the 6th International Microinsurance Conference in Manila. A further factor was the 2010 CCEMA experts' workshop on "Migration, displacement and environmental change: Developing a tool kit for policy makers", which attracted participants from a variety of countries. Although comparatively low, business travel emissions were also up, whilst emissions from office activities remained constant.    
The foundation will purchase emission allowances to offset that portion of emissions caused by events and office activities. Munich Re will compensate for emissions from business trips made by the foundation's staff.
Total CO2 emissions

Fig. 2: Comparison of total CO2 emissions (t) from 2006 to 2010

CO2 emissions from events

Only the journeys made by the attendees were taken into account to calculate the emissions relating to events, short-term occupancy of the event rooms being excluded. Altogether, CO2 emissions from events rose from 1,354.9 t in 2009 to 1,865.3 t in 2010, of which 92.1% (1,717.7 t CO2) was accounted for by the microinsurance conference in Manila. The rise in conference emissions was due to the fact that a greater number of participants had considerable distances to travel, so that the CO2 emissions figure was up on the previous year. Although the UNU Summer Academy again attracted young scientists from as far afield as India, Cameroon and Ethiopia, at 105.6 t (5.7%), the Summer Academy emissions were down by 16.4 t on the previous year. Emissions caused by the CCEMA workshop on climate change and migration in October 2010 – 38.6 t (2%) – were also substantially down on the previous year. The dialogue forums again accounted for only a very small share overall, namely 3.4 t CO2 or 0.2%. Since the audience comes for the most part from Munich and the surrounding area, the distances to be offset are short.   

Fig 3: CO2 emissions from events

CO2 emissions from business operations

Emissions caused by business operations (office, travel) totalled 89,1 t CO2. This figure can be broken down as follows: 19.3 t CO2 (22%) for office activities (electricity, heating)* and 69.8 t CO2 (78%) for business trips, most in the form of air travel**.  

Fig 4: CO2 emissions (t) due to business operations

* Since the data for 2010 are not yet available, the data for 2009 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.

15 February 2011


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