As a leading manufacturer of premium private label dry food for dogs, cats and rodents, Fihumin is aware of its responsibility towards future generations, and is committed to the issue of sustainability. Fihumin has therefore recorded its greenhouse gas emissions and has compensated for these unavoidable emissions through a climate protection project.
“Sustainability, climate and environmental protection are very close to our hearts and are central aspects of our corporate philosophy. As a company, it is also our responsibility to actively contribute to climate protection, to slow down global warming and to ensure our planet is a habitable environment for future generations,” says Carlo Priolo CEO Fihumin.
Fihumin logged the company’s CO2 emissions with ClimatePartner, and compiled records of their Corporate Carbon Footprint (CCF), from heating and energy consumption to employee travel, business trips and office supplies. The CCF is regularly updated and monitored to track the success of the targeted measures
Fihumin will avoid and reduce its future CO2 emissions wherever possible; for example, the company is implementing sustainable mobility concepts and offers its employees attractive hire-purchase offers to purchase a new bicycle through the JobRad programme. Company vehicles have also already been converted to electric and hybrid cars, and we are constantly exploring ways to make further reductions.
Fihumin is currently supporting a climate protection project to offset its corporate emissions, and the aim is to eventually cut all the company’s avoidable emissions and only allow emissions that are essential. In addition to avoidance and reduction, the prevention of CO2 emissions is an important step towards holistic climate protection. Greenhouse gases like CO2 are distributed evenly in the atmosphere, so the greenhouse gas concentration is roughly the same everywhere on Earth. In terms of the global greenhouse gas concentration and the greenhouse effect, it is therefore irrelevant where on the globe the emissions are generated or avoided. Emissions that cannot be avoided locally can therefore be offset by climate protection projects elsewhere.
Fihumin’s climate protection project
In an effort to reduce its CO2 emissions, Fihumin supports a recognised climate protection project certified in accordance with international standards: Saubere Ozeane (clean oceans), Plastic Bank, Weltweit (worldwide). This is a project in which local residents in Haiti, Indonesia, Brazil and the Philippines collect plastic waste which they can exchange at collection points for money, food, drinking water or school fees. The project ensures that less plastic ends up in the sea and is instead recycled and processed into ‘social’ plastic, which is used as raw material for new products, e.g. packaging.
“The Plastic Bank project not only enables us to contribute to ridding the world’s oceans of plastic, but also to improve the quality of life of the local inhabitants and to create new products from the waste plastic,” says Priolo.
This project holds the Gold Standard VER (voluntary emissions reduction) (GS VER), and therefore complies with particularly high requirements: not only does it cut CO2, it also contributes to sustainable development on site. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations provide a globally recognised benchmark to measure these positive effects. The Plastic Bank marine conservation project strives to achieve the following objectives, which include fighting poverty and hunger, promoting education and the distribution of clean and affordable energy worldwide. For more information, please visit: www.climatepartner.com/1087
“Although we have achieved CO2 neutrality in the company, we are continuing to work on making other areas more environmentally friendly. Moreover, education, which is regrettably still not a basic human right in many countries, is something that has been very important to us for many years. We are therefore already planning and financing the construction of schools in African countries with Welthungerhilfe (aid for world hunger), and are also contributing to making education more accessible with the climate protection project Saubere Ozeane, Plastic Bank”, says Priolo.
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Image reference: Saubere Ozeane (clean oceans), Plastic Bank, Weltweit (worldwide), www.climatepartner.com/1087