Munich Re Foundation – 2014 carbon footprint
Total CO2 emissions
Fig. 1: Distribution of total CO2 emissions (t) attributable to the Munich Re Foundation
The Foundation's total CO2 emissions for 2014 were a good 180 t down on those of the previous year. Office activities increased by 3 t, as we had half a staff position more on the books in 2014. Emissions caused by business trips also rose by just over 17 t, but emissions for events dropped radically (200 t CO2). This was in particular due to the microinsurance conference being held in Mexico, as the delegates' flights were shorter on average than in the previous year (Indonesia). New emissions were generated to a limited degree, for example by first time events such as the "Learning Session MILK Workshop" in Munich.
Fig. 2: Comparison of total CO2 emissions (t) from 2006 to 2014
CO2 emissions from events
Only the journeys undertaken by those attending events were taken into account for calculation of the emissions from the events; the short-term occupancy of the rooms used for the events can be neglected.
Fig 3: Distribution of CO2 emissions from events
CO2 emissions from business operations
The CO2 balance for business operations (office and trips) is approximately 130 t: thirty-nine metric tons CO2 for the offices (electricity and heat)* and ninety-three metric tons CO2 for business trips, chiefly flights**.
Fig 4: Distribution of 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 the 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.
CB, 21 January 2015
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