The CO2 emissions of the Hesse state administration
The first step towards the implementation of a carbon-neutral state administration is the collection and representation of the present emission data in the state of Hesse.
To define the starting line from where to reach the ambitious goal of a carbon-neutrally working state administration by the year 2030 it was necessary to determine an initial carbon footprint representing the current quantity and sources of CO2 emissions produced by the Hesse administration. For this purpose, the system boundaries were defined and the consumption data were collected. After the identification of the climate-relevant emissions an initial carbon footprint calculation was made for the year 2008 and certified by the TÜV Nord CERT GmbH.
The initial calculation of the carbon footprint and its regular updating are the basis for the creation of a CO2 monitoring system which supports the implementation of CO2 reduction measures. The identification of saving potentials together with the reduction of emissions will continuously reduce the carbon footprint of the Hesse state administration.
The figures are more than pleasing: By the year 2016, CO2 emissions could be reduced by just under 50 percent. Compared to the initial carbon footprint of the year 2008, which amounted to the total of 476,223 tons of CO2 equivalent, the carbon footprint for 2016 equalled about 240,629 tons of CO2 equivalent.