Environment & environmental impacts

Greenhouse gas emissions

Carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gas emissions are caused by our production operations, operating materials, the transportation of our products, packaging and our employees.

Since 2007, we have been systematically recording the emissions caused by ALPLA’s electricity consumption. This data serves as the basis for strategic measures that reduce and offset the emissions we cannot avoid. The carbon footprint is used as a metric. In addition to carbon dioxide, this covers other greenhouse gases which are converted into volumes of carbon dioxide based on their equivalent climate impacts.

Global warming is advancing drastically, having a devastating impact on mankind and nature. We must act now. ALPLA is taking steps to reduce its absolute carbon emissions by 10 per cent by 2022

Linda Mauksch, Sustainability Manager at ALPLA

We will reduce our absolute carbon emissions (Scopes 1, 2 and 3) by 10 per cent by 2022 in comparison to 2018.

In determining our emissions footprint, we focus on indirect emissions resulting from energy generation (Scope 2). This includes all greenhouse gas emissions created through power and heat generation outside of our company. Scope 1 emissions (direct emissions caused by fossil fuel combustion within a company – in the case of ALPLA, its fleet and refrigerants, for example) and Scope 3 emissions (indirect emissions relating to the production of externally sourced materials – in the case of ALPLA, examples are the plastics it uses, the IT infrastructure and business travel) have likewise been calculated since 2018.

Scope 1 and Scope 3 emissions

Since 2018, we have been offsetting the Scope 1 and Scope 3 emissions recorded for our headquarters in Hard and for the Fußach site through the Climate Neutrality Alliance 2025.

All the Austrian sites will operate entirely carbon-neutrally by 2020.

Emissions reduction

To obtain company-wide, comparable data, we contrast the relevant emissions with the materials used. We call this key performance indicator ‘specific CO2 equivalent per tonne of material’ (t CO2 equiv./t material). ALPLA caused carbon emissions totalling 0.44 tonnes per tonne of material in 2015; in 2018, it was 0.45 tonnes per tonne of material. This slight increase in emissions is attributable to growth in countries with a CO2-heavy electricity mix.

We report our data which is relevant to the climate, such as energy and water consumption and also the carbon emissions caused by our production, through the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).

We will improve our CDP score by 2022 and are seeking to achieve an A rating in leadership.