Herne, Germany, became a carbon neutral site for the first time in 2017. The site commissioned an external consultancy to conduct an energy survey on site so that it could calculate the amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions it generated.

Following the survey, the site purchased 11,000 carbon certificates to offset the 2017 and 2018 energy usage. The purchase of these certificates supported two climate protection projects involving hydropower in Uganda and wind turbines in India.

For the fourth consecutive year, our Vernon site in France has offset its GHG emissions based on its 2017 energy consumption. The site partnered once again with local organization “Forest for Life”, supporting the planting of 240 trees though the organization’s Togo program. The program not only helps to restore areas affected by deforestation, it also supports the local population through the provision of access to water, nutritional food programs and creation of local jobs.