Schauenburg Systems Supports Sustainability with 2nd PV-Plant

Published on: 19 October 2022
by KnowESG
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Schauenburg Systems has been working on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues for the past two and a half years, and its mission statement shows how important ESG is to the company.

In November 2021, SGS did a gap analysis to help Schauenburg Systems figure out where they were to help them reach their ESG goals. The ESG gap analysis revealed that the organisation needs to focus more on environmental sustainability.

Schauenburg Systems just finished its first GHG inventory, or carbon footprint, for the fiscal year 2021. Following that, the organisation commits to establishing a carbon neutrality target under the Paris Agreement of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which aims to keep global average temperature increases below 2ºC.

Schauenburg Systems' goal is to achieve carbon neutrality for Scope 1 emissions (all direct emissions under the organisation's control) and Scope 2 emissions (indirect emissions from the generation of purchased energy) by 2035 by implementing renewable energy sources, switching from diesel to electric company vehicles, and purchasing carbon credit offsets and renewable energy certificates.

In this context, they have just begun construction on a new 54kWp solar plant at their Rustenburg complex, which will reduce their dependency on coal power by up to 60%. This new solar plant will complement the 144kWp solar plant completed at their Kempton Park headquarters in 2020.

Dieter Kovar, CEO of Schauenburg International – Africa Group, said: 

"Schauenburg Systems pursues a policy centred around environmental, social and governance targets, the central factors in measuring sustainable success. We are convinced that this concept will allow us long-term to live our growth-driven vision for the benefit of all our stakeholders. Unfortunately, the current rules in Ekurhuleni and Rustenburg do not foresee us gaining any credits when we put excess capacity, especially on the weekends, back into the grid, as practised in countries in Europe."

Florian G. Schauenburg, CEO of Schauenburg International Group, said: 

"The increasing focus of Schauenburg International on ESG has been confirmed at their recent Global Management Meeting in Germany. This year’s environmental catastrophes with flooding, burning forests, and rising temperatures have woken up the world to do much more, and we will contribute our share. In this context, I like to emphasise that we have at our head office in Mulheim already 11 years ago invested into a PV plant."

Source: Schauenburg Systems

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