Doing our bit for the planet
The Sauber Group has known its entire CO2 footprint and fully compensated for it since 2011. Since 2014, a partnership with carbon-connect AG has enabled the company to calculate its annual CO2 emissions and support forest and reforestation projects in South America. Trees and forests play a special role in climate protection and, alongside oceans, are one of the largest natural CO2 sinks. Trees clean the air we breathe, regulate precipitation and the water cycle, cool the earth and are cheap and relatively easy to multiply CO2 reservoirs. Forests provide the habitat for more than 80% of the Earth’s biological diversity.
Since the beginning of our cooperation with carbon-connect AG, Sauber Group has jointly supported the following climate protection projects:
REDD Project in Brazil (Forest Conservation, Rainforest Conservation in Brazil)
According to Global Forest Watch (GFW), 12 million hectares of tropical rainforest were lost in 2018 alone. In Asia and Africa, the main focus is on the cultivation of palm oil. In South America, rainforests are being cleared and converted into agricultural land for the cultivation and production of cereals for mass livestock farming, pasture land for cattle and the production of biofuels. Slash-and-burn and deforestation account for 10-12% of global CO2 emissions.
Guanaré afforestation project (forest plantations and reforestation of degraded pastures, Uruguay)
The project covers a total of 20,800 hectares of former pasture land, which was used extensively for cattle breeding. The area comprises 22 plots and is located in Cerro Largo in the east of Uruguay. The project started in 2006 and by 2011 the forest plantations for the production of high-quality and durable wood products had been built according to FSC standards. The afforested commercial forest consists of Eucalyptus grandis and Eucalyptus globulus (Blue Eucalyptus), both can grow up to 50 meters high. Reforested forests store CO2 or extract it from the atmosphere. Over 60 years, the project will save over 7,500,000 tons of CO2 or just over 127,000 tons of CO2 a year.
- Afforestation and management of forests and use of quality timber
- Active cooperation with the local community
- Training of agroforestry technicians and implementation of agroforestry pilot projects
CO2 footprint, facts and figures
Over 80% of our company’s CO2 emissions are caused by logistics. Overnight stays away from home amount to 3%. Fuel for tests and races accounts for almost 1% of the total CO2 emissions of the racing team. Electricity and energy consumption account for 4.5% of the team’s CO2 emissions.
The Sauber Group has implemented various measures to actively reduce its CO2 footprint and make its own energy consumption more efficient. Among others, the car park at the company headquarters in Hinwil is roofed with a 2200 square meter solar system that could supply 44 households with clean electricity. According to calculations by carbon-connect AG, solar energy with a CO2 footprint of only 30 grams of CO2 per kilowatt hour is around one fifth lower than the average CO2 footprint of the Swiss electricity mix, which is up to 150 grams of CO2 per kilowatt hour produced.
In 2020, Sauber Engineering unveiled a partnership with ABB to leverage e-mobility and carbon neutral development projects, underscoring the commitment to sustainability of the Sauber Group, of which Sauber Engineering is part. As part of the deal, ABB will install a state-of-the-art EV Charging Station at Sauber Group’s headquarters in Hinwil, providing the latest in fast-charging battery technology to the growing number of electric vehicle users in the company. The charging station will be powered by the photovoltaic field already installed over the Sauber headquarters’ parking lot – currently one of the largest in Switzerland.
The use of district heating from the nearby refuse-processing plant in Hinwil reduces CO2 emissions for heating the company buildings. Compared to the use of fossil fuels, the use of district heating causes about half of the CO2 emissions.
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