Compensation of energy-related emissions

This year, the packaging manufacturer Karl Knauer successfully offset 543 tons of CO₂. This compensation was achieved by supporting the "Gyapa Improved Cook Stoves" project in Ghana. The project, certified according to the "Gold Standard," replaces inefficient traditional stoves with efficient Gyapa charcoal stoves, reducing charcoal consumption and thus greenhouse gas emissions.

"Our responsibility includes both environmental protection and improving the living conditions of the local people," explains Stefanie Wieckenberg, Managing Partner at Karl Knauer. The Gyapa stoves increase efficiency to about 30% due to their ceramic lining, compared to the 10-15% of traditional stoves. This not only saves CO₂ but also reduces costs for families in Ghana, who need less charcoal.

The project is implemented by Relief International in collaboration with local organizations and is now in use nationwide in Ghana. In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, it improves indoor air quality as less smoke and fine dust are produced. This also contributes to achieving the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

For years, Karl Knauer has been committed to comprehensive sustainability management to reduce and offset CO₂ emissions. The production site in Biberach is fully supplied with renewable electricity, including in-house photovoltaic systems. Unavoidable emissions resulting from the purchase of energy or district heating are recorded and compensated.

Through the continuous support of such projects, Karl Knauer remains an active member of the Climate Initiative of the German Printing and Media Industries Federation (bvdm) and sets a strong example for climate-neutral production.

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