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DLR’s carbon footprint
DLR’s car­bon foot­print
Credit: DLR (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

DLR’s carbon footprint

We have start­ed to iden­ti­fy oth­er sources of CO2 and are al­so re­duc­ing trav­el-based CO2 emis­sions in view of DLR proKli­ma.

This table is a brief excerpt from our DLR Sustainability Report 2018/19 ‘Economic activities’ and reflect the figures from 2019.DLR is a leading research institution in Germany. We now employ over 9,000 people at 30 locations. We use the expertise of 54 institutes and facilities. Large research infrastructures and an airborne research fleet complete our portfolio. We maintain shareholdings and are members of associations that are important for us. We receive an annual grant and raise third-party funds. In our report on DLR sustainability, which is currently published every two years, we show statistics for each of the last three years. Here we show an excerpt and link to more detailed sources.

Environmental management

To reduce our carbon footprint, in 2016 we began to use energy from renewable sources. Our main energy supplier, Stadtwerke Magdeburg, has provided us with the certificates for 2019. Almost all DLR sites now use EE01-certified hydro-power generated at Notodden, Tyssedal and Vikersund in Norway. A small number still purchase their electricity from the Salzburg region in Austria.

Our cogeneration plant in Cologne also produces its own electricity. In 2021, the plant is expected to generate 10,000 MWh of electricity. Our photovoltaic system in Cologne generated 28,215 MWh in 2018 and 2019. We are considering extending our photovoltaic capacity at other DLR sites in the future.

Environmental protection

Economising on resources is another important aspect of environmental protection, as reflected in our list of measures. It is vital to avoid potential waste, save more and recycle more.

We have started to identify other sources of CO2 and are also reducing travel-based CO2 emissions in view of DLR proKlima. To give an example, in 2019 the DLR Project Management Agency succeeded in using 28 percent less CO2 for business air travel per employee compared with 2018.

Plants that generate electricity as well as heat for their own use, such as cogeneration plants, which have a high level of efficiency, will be given more consideration in future plans and site developments. However, with its test beds at sites such as Lampoldshausen, its large heating plants and its fleet of research aircraft, DLR is still subject to carbon offsetting. Since 2019, we have had DIN ISO 50001 energy management certification.

The top 8 – according to the first environmental performance indicators and the calculated CO2 equivalents
The top 8 – according to the first environmental performance indicators and the calculated CO2 equivalents
The environmental performance data for 2019 and the waste data for 2019 for the top 8 research sites are shown in the table.
Economic development
Year 2019
Ressources
Electricity (consumed)MWh 70,037,74
Electricity (generated)MWh 2,104,33
BHKWs 2.089,00
PV-Anlagen 15,33
Transport
 
Number of vehicles (research and company vehicles)106
Electric 15
Hybrid 4
Hydrogen2
Business travel (claimed)61,608
Catering Services 
Meals (average / 270 working days per year)500,878

This table is a brief excerpt from our DLR Sustainability Report 2018/19 ‘Economic activities’ and reflect the figures from 2019.

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  • Philipp Bergeron
    Sus­tain­abil­i­ty Of­fi­cer and team lead­er

    Sus­tain­abil­i­ty
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  • Jennifer Poschar
    As­sis­tant to the Sus­tain­abil­i­ty De­part­ment

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