Dr. Oetker reports reducing its carbon footprint and becomes carbon neutral at its own locations; by 2030, the company wants to reduce the CO2 footprint in all direct and indirect areas of influence by 35% in order to be completely climate-neutral by 2050

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BIELEFELD, Germany , August 3, 2022 (press release) –

Dr. Oetker reduces its carbon footprint and becomes carbon neutral at its own locations. The company is thus achieving an important climate target of its Dr. Oetker Sustainability Charter. The next steps have already been determined.

Key Highlights:

*By 2030, the company wants to reduce the CO2 footprint in all direct and indirect areas of influence by 35 percent in order to be completely climate-neutral by 2050.

*Reduce energy consumption Due to the energy consumption in production and office buildings as well as the fuel consumption of the company's own vehicle fleet, Dr. Oetker has generated more than 110,000 tons of CO2 annually until 2021.

*At the site in Johannesburg, South Africa , a photovoltaic system has been generating more than 30 percent of the energy required on site since 2021.

* Dr. Oetker is therefore supporting a Gold Standard project in Turkey in which 20 wind turbines supply the Turkish grid with clean energy – instead of fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas.

Original Press Release:

Bielefeld , July 28 -- Dr. Oetker issued the following news release:

Dr. Oetker reduces its carbon footprint and becomes carbon neutral at its own locations. The company is thus achieving an important climate target of its Dr. Oetker Sustainability Charter. The next steps have already been determined.

In the past year, Dr. Oetker its international sustainability strategy, which Dr. Oetker Sustainability Charter (Homepage - Sustainability | Dr. Oetker ) , presented to the public. The company is already announcing that the goal of climate neutrality at its own locations (Scope 1 and 2 according to the Greenhouse Gas Protocol ) will be achieved in 2022. But the journey is far from over: by 2030, the company wants to reduce its carbon footprint in all direct and indirect areas of influence (Scope 1, 2 and 3 according to the Greenhouse Gas Protocol) by 35 percent to be completely carbon neutral by 2050. "All of our international locations will be climate-neutral this year," says Dr. Judith Güthoff, Sustainability Officer at Dr. Oetker , "but that's just the beginning. We are working hard to use less energy, to generate or purchase renewable energy ourselves, in order to minimize the need to compensate for unavoidable emissions.”

Four-stage plan for consistent climate protection

In order to achieve his ambitious climate target, Dr. Oetker set up a four-stage plan, which the company is consistently pursuing. “We fully support the goal of the Paris climate protection agreement to limit global warming to one and a half degrees Celsius. As a food-producing and internationally active company, we feel obliged to do everything we can to achieve this goal. We from Dr. Oetker have therefore defined a clear plan with which we want to achieve the fastest possible success. We have now achieved a first partial success,” says Güthoff.

1. Reduce energy consumption

Due to the energy consumption in production and in the office buildings as well as the fuel consumption of the company's vehicle fleet, Dr. Oetker will generate more than 110,000 tons of CO2 annually by 2021. Most of the CO2 emissions are attributable to the consumption of energy such as natural gas or electricity in production. In order to reduce this consumption as much as possible, Dr. Oetker defined savings potential and set up various programs that ensure that energy is used more efficiently and consumption is thus significantly reduced.

2. Generate renewable energy

Renewable energies are emission-free and are obtained from unlimited resources such as sun or wind. That's why Dr. Oetker is constantly working to produce these itself. At the site in Johannesburg, South Africa , a photovoltaic system has been generating more than 30 percent of the energy required on site since 2021. Other facilities are in Bielefeld and Oerlinghausen, Germany , Desenzano del Garda and Rivergaro, Italy , and Leeuwarden, the Netherlands . Various other locations are currently planning the installation of photovoltaic systems.

3. Acquire renewable energies

It is not always possible to generate energy yourself. Therefore, the company buys additional electrical energy from renewable sources such as solar or wind power. Through this measure alone, Dr. Oetker reduced its CO2 footprint by around 65,000 tons. In addition, Dr. Oetker is intensively exploring the market for gas from renewable sources and is exploring possible options. At the same time, the company is also working on a possible energy switch in order to be able to do without the fossil fuel gas completely.

4. Compensate emissions

Emissions that cannot be avoided through the first three steps are offset by Dr. Oetker on compensation projects that either remove CO2 from the atmosphere elsewhere or help to avoid CO2. The company only buys its certificates from projects that meet the internationally recognized Gold Standard or Verified Carbon Standard and are therefore highly credible. These projects not only offset CO2, but also contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations . Already today Dr. Oetker shut down 40,000 tons of CO2 with the help of the compensation projects.

In the long term, Dr. Oetker to continuously improve steps one to three so that one day no further compensation will be necessary.

The following compensation projects are supported by Dr. Oetker financially and with full conviction:

Investments in Turkish wind farm

Wind energy is particularly space-efficient and also free of emissions. Therefore supports Dr. Oetker a Gold Standard project in Turkey , in which 20 wind turbines supply the Turkish grid with clean energy - instead of fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas. In addition, the project creates jobs and brings new technologies and know-how to the Turkish economy. Interested parties can find further information on the project at: GSF Registry (goldstandard.org)

Efficient cooking stoves in Ghana

According to WHO estimates, around 3.8 million people die every year from indoor air pollution. The reason: cooking on open fireplaces and inefficient stoves, including coal or kerosene. one of dr Oetker-supported project in Ghana (GSF Registry (goldstandard.org) finances charcoal stoves that reduce consumption, increase efficiency and store heat. And thus not only save costs, but above all reduce air pollution in the house.

Planting trees in Kenya

Collecting seeds, planting trees and tending groves are on the daily agenda of the international small group and tree planting program TIST. Through their work, the participating farmers absorb CO2 from the atmosphere and receive 70 percent of the income from the sale of emission certificates. All under the strict supervision of external authorities, of course. All information at: TIST KE PD-VCS-006a PD Text 120824.doc (live.com)

What's next?

In addition to his own locations, Dr. Oetker also the indirect emission sources along the upstream and downstream value chain (Scope 3 according to the GHG Protocol). This includes, among other things, the raw materials purchased for Dr. Oetker products, the recycling of accumulated waste as well as commuting and business trips by employees. According to the dr. According to the Oetker Sustainability Charter, the company aims to reduce its carbon footprint by 35 percent by 2030.

In addition, Dr. Oetker is working on being able to calculate its CO2 footprint for all product ranges in order to enable consumers to make environmentally conscious purchasing decisions.

At the same time, the company supports methods of regenerative agriculture that ensure that food is produced in a way that improves soil health, strengthens water cycles and promotes the diversity of animals and plants. The soils then store additional carbon that does not end up in the atmosphere, and they even need less fertilizer and pesticides. In the long term, this leads to improvements in climate protection, biodiversity, the water balance and also greater resilience to extreme weather events.

By 2050, Dr. Oetker ultimately be completely climate-neutral. For Güthoff there is no alternative to the chosen path: "We are fully committed to actively protecting the climate. It is important to us to use natural resources responsibly in order to preserve and improve the basis of life for future generations. Fewer CO2 emissions, less plastic and food waste, more sustainable raw materials and deforestation-free supply chains - this is what we are working on at Dr. Oetker day after day.”

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