In addition to the development of energy saving programs, our target is to reduce our energy consumption by increasing our employees' awareness as well as improving processes and facilities.
Energy Consumption & Savings
Marquard & Bahls uses direct and indirect energy sources in its offices, and to operate facilities, sites, vessels, and vehicles. Direct energy consumption includes natural gas, heating oil and fuel for the operation of our pumps, boilers, owned bunker ships, operational vehicles, and road tankers. Indirect energy – mainly electricity – is used among other things for product pumps, lighting at our tank terminals, for the hydrant systems at our aviation fuelling sites and last, but not least, the computers in our offices worldwide. Other indirect sources of energy that we use include district heating and, to a lesser extent, imported steam.
The most energy-consuming activity at Marquard & Bahls and its subsidiaries is the pumping that takes place at the Oiltanking tank terminals. To detect potential savings and take measures to improve energy efficiency, local activities are aligned with our detailed Energy Saving Guideline. At various sites, further potential for savings for the specific work environment can be identified and general recommendations can be derived. We will continue to document our energy-saving measures in the future and support our subsidiaries in establishing energy-saving programs.
Carbon Footprint & Emissions
Climate change is currently regarded as the world’s most serious megatrend, as well as one of the greatest global risks. Extreme weather events such as prolonged high temperatures and droughts, severe storms and floods, and a rise in the sea level are just a few examples of possible consequences that can severely affect Marquard & Bahl’s business as well. In order to evaluate our own impact on climate change, our mother company Marquard & Bahls calculates the carbon footprint for the entire group. In accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol), we define our carbon footprint as the total amount of the six greenhouse gases listed in the Kyoto Protocol, measured in tons of CO2 equivalent (CO2e), caused directly or indirectly by our company.