Commitment to the
The undeniable climate change as well as the acute energy crisis caused by the war in Ukraine have raised the need to act as sustainable as possible in all areas of life to an entirely new level. For DEKRA too, achieving a further substantial reduction in its carbon footprint and increasing resource efficiency are the greatest priorities, by taking various measures within the company itself and by providing targeted expert services to customers across the world.
As far as the internal measures are concerned, keywords include the materials used in offices, test facilities, and laboratories, inputs and outputs of water, soil, waste, energy, and land, biodiversity and climate-relevant greenhouse gas emissions relating to our buildings, business travel by rail, car, and plane, and the company car fleet. Our services for customers in the field of environmental protection focus on air pollution control, soil and groundwater protection, pollutants, waste management, energy efficiency, and the certification of environmental management systems. In addition, Global Procurement applies our Sustainable Procurement Principles to ensure the responsible use of resources in our supply chains as well. Wherever possible, sustainable alternatives are given preference over conventional products.
Solar panels on testing stations
Since 2021, DEKRA has had a presence in Mexico by means of some testing stations. Over the last few months, DEKRA has gradually been equipping the stations with solar panels. Installation is already complete at five stations in Guadalajara and one in Tepa, with two more to be added in Guadalajara in December 2022 and February 2023. Equipping testing stations with solar panels to use as a green energy source is also the plan for future DEKRA testing stations in other parts of the country. Depending on the power requirements and the number of panels installed, the resulting electricity savings amount to up to 70 percent.
Regional Sustainability manager
REGION NORTH WEST EUROPE
“Sustainability to me is all about balancing the limited resources with our needs. May it be individually or on corporate level. Developing new ways of utilizing, analyzing and ultimately creating symbiotic relationships between nature, nurture and needs is what I see sustainability to be.”