Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co. KG has been a climate-neutral company since 2020 in balance sheet terms through Gold Standard climate certificates. In accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and in cooperation with raw material suppliers, emissions over which the company has no control (Scope 3**) are also to be made completely climate-neutral by 2025. However, known for its commitment to the environment, the family-owned company is taking things one step further by pledging to cut its (Scope 1, 2 and 3) emissions by 42 per cent by 2030, compared to 2021.
Ambitious goals set
This ambitious goal has now been validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi companies taking action). The reduction in emissions necessary for Ritter to achieve the United Nations’ 1.5-degree target, to which the company is explicitly committed, was calculated on the basis of scientific evidence and together with the DFGE – Institute for Energy, Ecology and Economy.
Switching to renewable energies
To achieve this, Ritter is focusing on far-reaching decarbonisation, i.e. switching to renewable energy sources. The chocolate manufacturer aims to use its own wind power and photovoltaic plants to undergo its own energy transition. “We know that the best emissions are zero emissions,” stresses Asmus Wolff, Managing Director Supply Chain at Ritter. “It is important that our partners and suppliers accompany us on this journey and that we support them in becoming climate-neutral and identifying ways to decarbonise.”
The family-owned company’s long-term goal remains to reduce its carbon emissions to net zero by 2050.
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