Striving for maximum
Although the decreases of 20 percent and more in emissions between 2018 and 2021 were partly due to the coronavirus pandemic, when people often worked from home and business travel was reduced in favor of virtual meetings, they were primarily the result of a large number of energy efficiency measures implemented by the company. The fact is that DEKRA makes a large number of adjustments in its efforts to fulfill its stated objective of becoming the global partner for a safe, secure and sustainable world, always guided by the maxim of entirely avoiding emissions wherever possible or at least reducing them to a minimum and reliably compensating any residual emissions by way of robust programs.
In order to improve its climate footprint, DEKRA has developed a large number of programs for use at its individual sites. These cover aspects such as efficient lighting, heating, and cooling technology, green roofs and walls, renewable energy generation (especially photovoltaics) and drinking water production, energy-efficient IT, intelligent consumption monitoring, regular energy audits, and prioritizing energy consumption and energy efficiency when choosing new sites. At our headquarters in Stuttgart, the most recent new building was constructed in accordance with the DGNB Gold Standard for sustainability. New company standards for sustainable construction are aimed at improving the sustainability impact of new and renovated DEKRA buildings.
To this end, specific internal targets for carbon emissions, the energy consumption of buildings, and the production of renewable energy were defined for each DEKRA region and site, to be achieved by 2025. The measures implemented are subject to regular review to analyze and evaluate their effectiveness.
They include the increased use of green electricity, the share of which in the DEKRA Group’s total electricity mix rose from 30 percent in 2020 to around 55 percent in 2021. In Germany, the electricity supply was switched entirely to renewable energy at the start of 2020. By 2021, a further 32 DEKRA countries in Europe had switched fully to green electricity; 41 countries and the companies located there have already done the same in 2022. DEKRA has also subscribed to the RE100 initiative, which aims to switch fully to electricity from renewable sources by 2050. DEKRA intends to achieve this goal by 2025.
The company’s commitment to renewable energy is also demonstrated by its membership of Hydrogen Europe since 2021. This industry association is made up of almost 300 organizations and around 30 national associations that work together to promote and develop applications for hydrogen as an energy source and for fuel-cell technology. The expert knowledge of a TIC organization like DEKRA is required across the entire hydrogen technology value chain. This encompasses net-zero power generation using wind or solar energy, hydrogen production, transport via pipeline, waterway, road, or rail, safe fuel-cell usage in vehicles or systems, as well as the certification of hydrogen produced in a climate-neutral process.
High energy efficiency at the EMC lab in Herndon
In 2017 and 2018, DEKRA Certification Inc. took the decision to expand product testing capacity in the USA. As part of this expansion, a new 26,000-square-foot facility was designed and built to support EMC and regulatory testing. During the architectural planning of the EMC lab in Herndon, Virginia, the DEKRA team contributed numerous ideas of their own for greater building efficiency, once again underscoring DEKRA's claim to be a pioneer in this area. The main focus was on electricity, water, and building insulation. For example, DEKRA installed LED lighting and motion detectors to automatically turn the lights on and off. In addition, all bathroom and kitchen faucets were installed with low flow devices to regulate water consumption. Likewise, DEKRA installed window glass with a high insulation value. Another thing to mention is the installation of new air conditioning systems. Compliance with Virginia's state energy efficiency regulations comes not only with lower energy bills, but also with the assurance that DEKRA North America is doing its part to maximize efficiency in electricity and water use.