The gentle use of natural resources
The gentle use of natural resources, is today more important than ever before.
We constantly improve our mobility concept.
We plan proactively and sustainably. Our engagement speaks for itself.
We generally aim for long-term goals in our sustainability management.
Dealing with resources
Preserving the basis of life is a joint responsibility of our Group. We accept this responsibility because environmental protection is also the top priority in our projects. We are convinced that only by treating the environment with respect and care can we meet our long-term social responsibility.
The positive development of our key figures in environmental sustainability confirms us in our actions.
We have already successfully implemented the following measures in the past:
- More environmentally friendly office materials (e.g., use of FSC-certified paper with Ecolabel and recycled paper or sensible savings in paper use)
- Continuous optimization of the procurement process (e.g., ongoing assessment of the sustainability activities of potential suppliers, more sustainable advertising materials)
- Systematic energy and environmental accounting (based on EMAS standard)
- Increased use of more sustainable cloud solutions
- 100% green electricity at our sites
In the area of mobility, we see it as our goal to reduce our emissions and at the same time reduce our consumption of primary energy. We are succeeding in continuously improving our mobility management by:
- Significantly reducing business travel through online meetings.
- Lowering CO2 emissions by reducing individual mobility through flexible home office arrangements
- Utilization of external consulting in mobility
- Examination of contemporary mobility concepts
Sustainable thinking and acting
Our initiatives are forward-looking and sustainably focused:
- As an industry pioneer, we have our sustainable management externally certified according to the holistic "ZNU Sustainable Business" standard of Witten-Herdecke University
- Our "sustainable planning" is confirmed by awards such as the "Learning by Design" award
- As a sustaining member we support the association "Engineers without Borders".
- Transparency, authenticity and openness are part of our self-image and thus our corporate identity
- Our profound quality management is confirmed by the "DQS" seal of quality
DQS certificate no. 012110 QM15
Key ecological objectives, indicators & facts
Due to the long-term nature of our projects and the associated high volatility in the independent consulting engineers branch, we generally aim for long-term goals in our sustainability management. We also develop our measures accordingly. Our core objectives communicated herewith (as of the reporting date 31.12.2021) are based on the year 2015 with a target horizon until 2021.
After this positive target settlement until 2021, the targets were now to be redefined. Due to the the far-reaching planning horizons in our branch, long-term targeting has proven to be the best approach. Subsequently our new objectives are set up until 2025 based on the pre-Covid19 year 2019 figures as stated below.
Use of Resources
In 2015 the primary energy consumption at Dorsch International per full-time equivalent employee (FTE) was 19.76 MWh per annum. By 2021 consumption per FTE was down to 3.95 MWh* per annum, representing a massive reduction in primary energy consumption of -80 %* within a period of six years.
This result exeeds by far the initial target for 2021 to reduce the energy consumption by 2021 by 30 % compared to 2015.
This includes a 1.77 MWh electrical energy consumption in 2015 per FTE and 0.64 MWh* per FTE in 2021, representing a huge reduction of -64 %* per FTE.
Paper consumption per FTE increased slightly in 2021 by 2 %* or -19.5 kg* compared with the peak year of 2015. The consumption of printer paper and plotter paper per FTE was 31.21 kg in 2015, and 16.71 kg* in 2021.
There has been a reduction in the amount of waste per FTE from 46.38 kg (in 2015) to 42.28 kg (in 2021), representing a reduction of -9 %.
At 16.19 MWh per FTE in 2015 the energy consumption levels for mobility at Dorsch International were substantially higher than in 2021 when levels showed just 1.83 MWh*. This was achieved primarily through a significant reduction in business trips and increased work in the home office. The overall result was a -89 %* reduction for mobility alone.
Particulate emissions per FTE also dropped from 0.15 kg in 2015 to 0.02 kg* in 2021, this also representing a decrease of -87%*.
CO2 emissions per FTE in 2015 were 2.90 t compared with 0.73 t* in 2021, representing a decrease of -75 %* over a period of six years.
We have far exceeded our original target of reducing CO2 emissions by 20% from 2015 to 2021.
* The uncharacteristically high reduction in energy consumption and CO2 emissions in 2020 and 2021 is caused mainly due to the one-time effects of the Corona crisis. Our long-term goals are thereby far exceeded, but it is expected that these figures will noticeably go up in 2022/2023. It is assumed that the figures will still remain on a significantly lower level than in 2015, still meeting our long-time targets.
Redefining our objectives
After this positive target settlement until 2021, the targets were now to be redefined. Due to the the far-reaching planning horizons in our branch, long-term targeting has proven to be the best approach.
We have chosen the pre-Covid19 year 2019 as the base year for our objectives in order to exclude pandemic-related influences. Subsequently our new objectives are set up until 2025 based on the 2019 figures as stated below.