Environmental Performance

Munich Re Foundation – 2011 carbon footprint

Total CO2 emissions

In 2011, the Munich Re Foundation's total emissions amounted to 1,700 t of CO2. The majority (1,600 t or 93.6%) were due to events organised by the foundation. Emissions from office activities (electricity, heating) and business trips were comparatively low, amounting to 36 t (2.1%) and 73 t (4.3%) respectively. 

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

The foundation's total 2011 emissions were a good 250 t CO2 down on those of the previous year. Whilst business travel emissions remained constant at a low level, emissions caused by office activities increased. This increase was due partly to a change in the method used to calculate emissions from business activities (electricity and heating), and partly to the fact that the foundation recruited an additional member of staff. Emissions from events decreased by a substantial 14%.     
The foundation will purchase emission allowances to offset the emissions caused by its events, e.g. visitors, delegates. Emissions from business trips made by foundation staff and those produced by its office activities will be offset by Munich Re.* 

Fig. 2: Comparison of total CO2 emissions (t) from 2006 to 2011

CO2 emissions from events

Only the journeys undertaken by those attending the events were taken into account in calculating emissions from events, and the figures did not include short-term occupancy of the rooms used for the events. Overall CO2 emissions from events fell by around 15% year on year from 1,865.3 t in 2010 to 1,597 t in 2011. Emissions from the International Microinsurance Conference in Rio de Janeiro made up 94.5% of this amount (1,509 t CO2). This is lower than the figure for last year's conference in Manila, primarily because the travelling distances involved were shorter. Although the 2011 Summer Academy also attracted young scientists from far afield, for example Sudan, Australia and Mexico, the emissions fell a good 20 t to 84.4 t CO2 in 2011, helped by the fact that many European participants now travel by train. The dialogue forums again accounted for a very small share overall, namely 3.8 t or 0.2%. Since most of the audience come 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 from business operations (office, travel) came to a total of 108.7 t CO2, which can be broken down as follows: 36 t CO2 (22%) for office activities (electricity, heating)* and 72.7 t CO2 (67%) for business trips, primarily air travel.**  

Fig 4: CO2 emissions (t) from business operations

* Emissions produced by the foundation's office were based on a figure of 6 t CO2 per employee. This was established in a study undertaken by Munich Re in 2010, details of which can be seen in our 2010 corporate responsibility report.

** An RFI (Radiative Forcing Index) factor of 2.7 is applied to air travel. It is assumed that each journey by plane involves travelling a distance of 100 km to and from airports.

16 Dezember 2011


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