At RAMPA, sustainability and being responsible towards our planet is not a passing fad or a current trend. Quite the opposite: RAMPA embraces the wide range of possibilities available and has for decades attached considerable importance to ensuring that the company’s processes are designed to be as environmentally friendly and sustainable as possible. There are several ways in which we do this, in line with our climate strategy, which we would like to tell you about in more detail.

Our commitment to climate neutrality

RAMPA has embarked on the path towards a neutral carbon footprint! In this respect, we have already reached the first major milestones and developed further initiatives.

Climate neutrality essentially means that our corporate actions do not increase the amount of climate-damaging greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. RAMPA is especially focused on preventing the climate-damaging gases from being emitted by us.

CO2 balancing with FORLIANCE

To reduce and offset RAMPA’s operational CO2 emissions* efficiently, we have our CO2 footprint balanced by the experienced partner FORLIANCE based on the so-called Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol of the World Resources Institute and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development).

For companies, there are two different ways of approaching CO2 balances:

  • – CCF (Corporate Carbon Footprint): Company carbon footprint
  • – PCF (Product Carbon Footprint): Product carbon footprint

PCF – Product Carbon Footprint

For the first time, we have calculated the CO₂ footprint for products in collaboration with FORLIANCE. The calculation is based on the survey data from the balance year 2021 and the so-called cradle-to-grave approach. This approach considers the emissions of all life cycle phases: from material procurement & pre-processing of the material, through production, storage, distribution and use, to disposal.  

As an example the following products were balanced:

  • – 100,000 pieces In-house production at the production site in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
    RAMPA INSERTS TYPE SK 14 X 18 M8, STEEL ZINC PLATED
  • – 100,000 pieces merchandise from Far East
    RAMPA INSERTS TYPE SKDZ 14.5 X 18 M8, ZINC DIE-CAST YELLOW ZINC PLATED

The individual Product Carbon Footprints can be found here: RAMPA-INSERTS TYPE SK (GER) and RAMPA-INSERTS TYPE SKDZ (GER)

The result of the balances speaks for itself. Our RAMPA manufactured inserts at our production site in Schleswig-Holstein have an 18.5% lower CO₂ footprint. This result once again confirms our efforts to produce resource-efficiently and sustainably in Germany and to further reduce our CO₂ footprint.

CCF – Corporate Carbon Footprint

As a first step, the balance for the year 2020 was calculated. You can access our Corporate Carbon Footprint 2020 here.

In accordance with the GHG Protocol, an organisation’s emissions may be divided into three areas, known as scopes. As a minimum requirement, the areas scope 1 and 2 are to be highlighted for the establishment of the Corporate Carbon Footprint. However, as RAMPA is not satisfied with this, further seven categories (out of a total of 15) from scope 3 were accounted for.

Overview of scopes according to GHG Protocol

Scope 1: This includes all emissions that arise directly in the company, i.e. from sources that the company either owns or directly controls (e.g. heating systems, vehicle fleet, air conditioning systems, etc.).

Scope 2: This includes all indirect emissions generated by the company’s energy supply (from external sources) (e.g. purchased electricity and thermal energy).

Scope 3: This includes all other emissions arising from the company’s activities but owned or controlled by a third party (e.g. transport, purchased goods and services, waste, business travel/commuting, etc.).

 

Measures based on the CO2 balance 2020

1. RAMPA’s Compensation Strategy: Carbon neutrality for 2020 in Scope 1 and 2**

We developed a compensation strategy for emissions that were unavoidable in 2020: We opted to compensate 100% of the CO2 emissions caused in scopes 1 and 2 by investing in FORLIANCE’s climate protection project “CO2OL Tropical Mix”. Long-term, we are working to further reduce the emissions offset in 2020.

CO2OL Tropical Mix: Sustainable forestry and cocoa production in Panama

The CO2OL Tropical Mix climate conservation project supported by RAMPA concerns the reforestation of land in Panama that has been degraded by livestock farming. 20 native tree species are being replanted and 30 others protected. The goal is to gradually restore and preserve mixed forests with a healthy forest ecosystem across the 13,385 hectare area.

The project promotes sustainable forestry in line with FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) guidelines and UTZ and EU organic certified cocoa production, which contribute significantly to the protection of biodiversity while improving the economic and social situation of the rural population. More than 150 new jobs were created with prospects, sustainable sources of income and fair working conditions. Additionally, integrated capacity building and environmental education programmes and support for local schools form an integral part of the project.

CO2OL Tropical Mix is one of the first land use and forestry projects to be awarded the prestigious Gold Standard certification. The project has already offset a total of 3,379,220 tonnes of CO2. The climate protection scheme also successfully offset RAMPA’s greenhouse gas emissions from the Corporate Carbon Footprint 2020 (scope 1 and 2) amounting to 363 tonnes of CO2 equivalents. You will find RAMPAs Carbon Offset certification here.

2. RAMPA’s reduction strategy: Goals and measures

We identified the areas where action was still needed and the specific measures to be taken to reduce our CO2 emissions based on our carbon footprint. At RAMPA, we have adopted the following reduction targets based on the Science Based Targets initiative (Ambitious corporate climate action – Science Based Targets):

     >By the year 2025 we will reach the maximum of 20 % of the value according to our balance sheet data from 2020 (= 72.6 t CO2) in the areas of scope 1 and 2.

     >By the year 2030 we will reach the maximum of 10 % of the value according to our balance sheet data from 2020 (= 36.3 t CO2) in the areas of scope 1 and 2.

     >Going forward, we will continue to offset the unavoidable emissions from scope 1 and 2 in a meaningful way in order to achieve sustainable climate neutrality in these areas.

     >Upstream and downstream scope 3 activities: We are working in depth on the consideration and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from upstream and downstream activities as part of our climate strategy. We will have various emissions scenarios calculated by our partner FORLIANCE in the 4th quarter of 2022 so that we can draw on reliable data for the future calculation of reduction targets in scope 3. More details will be available in the first quarter of 2023.

A first successful milestone: Reduction of CO₂ emissions in Scope 1 and 2 in 2021

We have put our strategy into action: Within one year, we achieved a 45% reduction in CO₂ intensity. By switching our operations to green electricity from renewable sources, we managed to set our CO₂ emissions from scope 2 to zero, successfully reducing our environmental impact for scope 1 and 2 for 2021.

Our Corporate Carbon Footprint 2021 can be found here.

Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions of 199 metric tons of CO₂ equivalents were also successfully offset through the CO₂OL Tropical Mix climate protection project in Panama. Click here for RAMPA’s carbon offset certificate for 2021.

We have thus achieved one of the goals of our reduction strategy again in 2021: We are climate neutral in scope 1 and 2!

A look at scope 3 in the year-on-year comparison 2020 to 2021 shows an increase from 921 t to 1,398 t CO₂ emissions. This increase can be attributed primarily to a precautionary build-up of our inventory and thus to the category “Purchased goods and services”. With this inventory build-up, we have further expanded our consistently high level of stock availability, which enables us to ensure supplies to our customers.

We have proven ourselves: FOCUS seal for TOP CLIMATE ENGAGEMENT 2023

RAMPA has succeeded in being positively perceived for its awareness and commitment to the planet and society. FOCUS, in cooperation with FOR OUR PLANET, the sustainability program of BurdaVerlag, has identified companies with TOP-KLIMA-ENGAGEMENT in Germany. The top list presents companies that stand out in their industry for their corporate environmental and climate protection efforts. Read here how RAMPA performed within the sector “Industry and Manufacturing” in Germany.

Approximately 1,000 companies took part in the survey and, as a result, 216 companies received the corresponding award. We are proud to be one of these award-winning companies. The dimensions of the evaluation include past and future commitment, company climate management as well as renewable energies and climate-friendly products. Learn more about the survey process for the FOCUS seal here.

The following are further measures within the framework of our reduction strategy:

For decades, we have ensured that in the production of threaded inserts or sockets for wood, metal or plastic constructions, the residual materials produced are not disposed of, but are used almost 100% for raw material recovery:

– Since 2009, we have been operating all cooling and lubrication processes only with high-quality oils, which we process and reuse in-house without residual waste.

– The chips produced during the production process are separated from the oil by centrifugal force and returned to the material cycle by recycling at our partner companies. On some sensitive machines, filter fleece is installed upstream to collect further chips. Only the filter fleece with the remaining chips cannot be reused and must therefore be disposed of. This small proportion of raw materials that cannot be recycled is approx. 0.1%.

In logistics, it is not only the internal processes that are geared toward sustainability: We strive to have partners at our side who also handle the issue of sustainability responsibly downstream. Our logistics partner GLS pursues the GLS KlimaProtect program with the aim of reducing, avoiding and offsetting CO2 emissions. As a result, all our packaging deliveries have been climate-neutral since October 2019.

We have also selected our freight forwarding partner DB Schenker by taking sustainability aspects into account that can be identified in a transparent manner due to the annual sustainability report and the certificate about ISO14001 (environmental management).

Thanks to the advancing digitalization of our processes and a comprehensive update of the enterprise resource planning system in 2020, we have succeeded in making our entrepreneurial activities largely paperless: From purchasing, through production and sales, to order picking, almost all processes are handled digitally. Hereby, RAMPA succeeded in facilitating the commercial employers to work from home due to Covid-19 within a very short time.

We are also against wasting resources when it comes to our packaging waste in incoming goods. Instead, we rely on recycling for greater sustainability: Incoming filling material – regardless of whether it is made of paper, cardboard or plastic – is not disposed of at our company but reused for outgoing goods shipments.

We also focus on sustainability concerning the consumption and use of electricity in our company and make an important contribution to environmental protection: Through the energy supplier E.ON Energie Deutschland GmbH, we have been procuring our electricity requirements exclusively from renewable energy plants since January 1st, 2021. Due to this fact, we contribute to an annual saving of approx. 367,728 kg CO2 compared to the German electricity mix.

Further steps to reduce consumption and generate our own electricity and heat are already being planned. The implementation will happen in our new production and office complex, which is currently under construction. But we also continue to invest in energy-saving measures in our existing buildings, which includes, for example, the recent conversion to LED lighting.

The consolidation of our locations is also part of our action plan. Our new building will be completed by the end of 2022. The building is one of the first commercial properties in northern Germany to meet the requirements of the federal support for efficient buildings in non-residential areas. Being one of the few KfW40 commercial buildings in northern Germany, our focus is on the use of renewable energies by installing a photovoltaic system on the roof and installing an efficient ventilation and heating system.

To encourage our employees to use public transport to get to work, we have made bikes available at Büchen station since May 2022 under the motto “RAMPA makes you mobile!”. To reduce CO₂ emissions, we need the cooperation of the entire RAMPA team. We have created an incentive with the RAMPA bikes to use public transport more often and thereby do something for our environment and our own health. Again, this demonstrates: Our enthusiasm is for the wealth of possibilities. Good idea. Let’s make it!

This is what our employees say about the RAMPA-bicycle offer:

“I think it’s great that RAMPA deals with sustainability issues and implements and realises projects from which the employees benefit”.

*In addition to CO2 there are many other greenhouse gases, such as methane, which also significantly contribute to climate change. Since2 is regarded as the best-known greenhouse gas, we refer to CO2-emissions on our website in simplified terms (technically, we otherwise refer to CO2– equivalents), whereby the term is synonymous with all climate-relevant emissions.

**according to the Greenhouse Gas Protocol