Our key environmental figures

We have introduced a systematic environmental management system with the aim of consistently reducing our consumption of resources and CO2 emissions. The following key environmental figures refer to the ERGO Group in Germany and abroad.

Direct energy consumption

2017 2016 2015
Direct energy consumption
GJ 599,108 554,785 577,375
Direct energy consumption by primary energy source
Natural gas
GJ 216,871 188,701 176,323
Natural gas consumption for CHPs1
GJ 379,783 363,812 398,847
Heating oil
GJ 0 0 0
Fuel for emergency generator
GJ 2,454 2,094 2,112
Solar energy2           
GJ 0 0 0
Direct energy consumption per employee
GJ 20.16 19.66 20.27

1 Thermal power stations with combined heat and power technology
2 Solar energy generated at our locations in Nuremberg and Bristol is fed into the public power network.



Indirect energy consumption

2017 2016 2015
Indirect energy consumption
GJ 525,077 517,003 510,676
Indirect energy consumption by primary energy source
Electricity purchased from outside the Company
GJ 100,604 113,731 108,652
Green electricity purchased GJ 186,474 164,768 163,899
District cooling GJ 23,157 25,435 18,985
District heating GJ 214,842 212,970 219,140
Indirect energy consumption per employee GJ 17.67 18.32 17.93


Greenhouse gas emissions

2017 2016 2015
Greenhouse gas emissions
kg 95,045,181 92,535,959 92,230,528
Greenhouse gas emissions
Scope 11
kg 40,090,210 37,564,782 43,290,371
Scope 22
kg 46,401,451 46,597,249 38,043,192
Scope 33
kg 8,553,519 8,373,928 10,896,965
Greenhouse gas emissions per employee
kg 3,336 3,279 3,238
1 Includes direct energy and business travel by car           
2 Includes indirect energy           
3 Includes paper, water, waste, business travel by air and rail


Paper consumption1

2017 2016 2015
Total paper consumption
t 9182 701 674
Paper consumption per employee
t 0.031 0.025 0.024
1 Printer and copy paper
2 The increase in paper consumption can be attributed to the takeover of Munich Health entities.


Recycled Paper consumption1

2017 2016 2015
Proportion of total materials used that were recycled
t 445 270 308
Proportion of recycled paper
% 48.5 38.5 45.7
1 Printer and copy paper           


Water1

2017 2016 2015
Water consumption in total
m3 440,479 450,366 445,744
Water consumption per employee
m3 14.82 15.96 15.65
1 From the local (municipal) networks


Waste by type and disposal method

2017 20161 2015
Waste t 7,517 8,115 6,381
Waste by type and disposal method
Recycled materials
t 4,100 4,501 3,525
Incinerated waste
t 1,850 1,970 1,126
Landfill waste t 499 468 7031
Specialist waste disposal for reuse/recovery
t 2 4 3
Compost t 744 730 636
Other waste
t 322 442 388
Waste per employee
t 0.25 0.29 0.22
1 Increase in waste resulting from renovation and refurbishment measures at our German sites.

Notes on the environmental indicators:

To calculate the Group-wide carbon savings targets, from 2009 to 2015 (–10% kg of CO2 per employee) we used the conversion factors of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG) and the Association for Environmental Management and Sustainability in Financial Institutions (VfU) – from 2011 in each case. Green electricity was not included in the accounting, thereby ensuring that the quantitative values remained comparable over the target period. In 2015, a new environmental and climate protection strategy was approved by the Board of Management and the carbon savings target was expanded – from 2009 to 2020 it is our goal to achieve Group-wide carbon savings (kg of CO2 per employee) of 35%.

As of 2016, the Group’s carbon emissions will be calculated on the basis of the latest conversion factors of the GHG Protocol and the VfU. The GHG Protocol will be used for the conversion of Scope 1 emissions (direct energy), for electricity falling under Scope 2 emissions (indirect energy) and for the “short- and long-haul flights” components of the “business trips” element of Scope 3 emissions. ERGO generates 65 % percent of its electricity from regenerative resources (2016: 59 %). This works out at an emission of zero. The VfU conversion factors are taken as the basis for calculating the Scope 2 emissions “district heating” and the Scope 3 emissions of paper, water and waste, as well as the “company vehicles, taxis, hire cars, train journeys” components of the “business trips” element.

Carbon emission sources

  • Scope 1: Direct emissions from primary energy consumption (natural gas, heating oil, emergency diesel generators, fuel for company vehicles)
  • Scope 2: Indirect emissions from procured energy (purchase of electricity and district heating)
  • Scope 3: Other indirect emissions (business trips, consumption of paper and water, waste)