Sustainability Projects

Our path to climate neutrality 2030

With our multifaceted commitment, we at Arvato Supply Chain Solutions take our responsibility for reducing and offsetting greenhouse gas emissions resulting from our business activities seriously.

We consider the fields of action "Locations," "Employees," and "Services" and specify our ambitions with the help of specific action plans and milestones. The degree of target achievement is regularly reported to the Bertelsmann Group Executive Board on the basis of uniform key figures.

We prioritize measures that lead to the avoidance and reduction of emissions over the compensation of remaining emissions. This means that we first implement all measures that actually lead to an avoidance or reduction of consumption and emissions. Only in a second step will the remaining emissions be offset from 2030 onwards. 


1) Purchase of 100% green electricity worldwide by the end of 2022.
Our logistics halls need electricity to deliver goods around the world for our customers. Generating electricity from conventional fossil fuels causes greenhouse gas emissions that accelerate global warming. Therefore, wherever we do not produce electricity for our own use with the help of photovoltaic systems, we will switch to purchasing 100% green electricity by the end of 2022.

2) 50% reduction in absolute Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, starting from a 2018 baseline.
We take our commitment seriously and therefore continuously measure what emissions are generated by our operations, especially directly in and at our sites. We are committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from Scope 1 and 2 by half by 2030 compared to a 2018 baseline.

3) 50% reduction per package of Scope 1, 2 and 3 greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 from a 2018 baseline.
Global trade is growing, and with it global parcel volumes. As a driver of greenhouse gas emissions from the supply chain, we are also reducing emissions from Scope 1, 2 and 3 per package shipped by half by 2030 compared to a 2018 baseline.

4) Offset remaining unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions from 2030 onwards (with the exception of Scope 3 transport-related emissions ).
In order to achieve climate neutrality, offsetting of unavoidable emissions from 2030 onwards will be carried out from a portfolio of voluntary climate protection projects. Projects will be carefully selected on the basis of defined criteria. These include projects that bind CO2 emissions from the atmosphere over the long term ("removals") and thus actually neutralize the amount of emissions caused by Arvato. These projects should be independent and certified according to established standards (e.g. Gold Standard, Verified Carbon Standard). 

Measures and Examples

1) The basis for effective climate protection is transparency regarding all relevant direct and indirect emission sources. Since the 2017 financial year, data collection and climate accounting has been carried out across our sites with the help of the green.screen energy and environment platform.

2) Sites in the following countries already use green electricity in part or in full: Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Spain, and the UK. 

3) Selected sites with installed PV systems :

  • Heijen (Netherlands)
  • Landsberg (Germany)
  • Plewiska (Poland)
  • Istanbul (Turkey)
  • Birmingham (United Kingdom)

In addition, other projects are at various stages of the planning phase.

4) Energy-efficient action means being mindful of resources. For this reason, lighting with LEDs is a standard feature at our sites.

5) With the help of recognized standards and certificates such as ISO 14001 or BREEAM, we anchor our goals and measures locally. Sites with certification or in the certification process are located, for example, in Austria, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the USA.

Sustainability along the Supply Chain

Read here about the importance of sustainability, particularly for logistics processes, and how ethical, social and ecological aspects are taken into account in supply chain management.

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