Climate and Environmental Data

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German Agency for International Cooperation
Winter E.
Richthammer C.
Veers L.

Sustainability is GIZ’s guiding principle and forms the basis for our contributions to shaping a society that is fit for the future. We compile and analyse all the most important climate and environmental data every year to gain a better understanding of our environmental sustainability and continuously improve our performance. Externally validated information about our activities in Germany is provided by the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS). We have also developed our own environmental management tool, the Corporate Sustainability Handprint® (CSH), as a source of data on our operations in other countries. GIZ has gathered climate and environmental data for its German locations since 1999. Following the adoption of EMAS in 2013, environmental figures are now checked each year by an accredited environmental consultant to ensure that they are complete and plausible. In the same year, we piloted systematic data collectionin our partner countries. The CSH was rolled out to include all country offices in 2016, and in 2018 we introduced a requirement to compile environmental data every year. Further information about the methods we use to calculate climate and environmental data can be found in the section entitled ‘Notes on calculation methods’. We have summarised all this information in the publication ‘Climate and environmental data 2020’, which is aimed at all employees and anyone outside the company with a professional interest in our environmental performance. This document includes all the most important climate and environmental data for our sites in both Germany and our partner countries for the period from 1 January to 31 December 2020. The figures for Germany are the totals as at 31 July 2021. Previous publications may show other data.

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Climate and environmental data