Monitoring the ecological, social, and economic impacts of products and services throughout their entire life cycle is an absolute must for any company that aims to operate sustainably. Ultimately, they include impacts on the environment and social development, among other things, which should not be underestimated. Although we are a service company with no production facilities causing such impacts, we at DEKRA continually assess both the positive and negative effects of our business activities, which are addressed by the relevant departments such as EHS (Environment, Health and Safety), Compliance, Sustainability, Quality, Procurement, Human Resources, Innovation, and Sales.
Sustainable technical inspection
We are currently carrying out a pilot project to calculate the carbon footprint of our services. We started with our largest service area, the periodical technical inspection (PTI) of vehicles. To this end, we conducted a pilot study at a German test facility, which showed that the PTI of a standard vehicle with an internal combustion engine in Germany causes 4.3 kilograms of CO2. By way of comparison, the PTI of a plug-in hybrid vehicle causes 3.3 kilograms of CO2, falling to 2.1 kilograms of CO2 for a battery electric vehicle. The results include the distance traveled by the vehicle during the brake test, idling during the general inspection, maintenance products like lubricants and filters, paper for the customer’s general inspection certificate, flashlights and fluorescent lamps for the body inspection, the power consumption of the devices, and the energy consumed by the air-conditioning system in the test facility.