In general, we believe in the principle that reducing emissions comes before compensation. However, unavoidable emissions – for example, from combustion processes or electricity in countries where there is only limited availability of green electricity or none at all – are mitigated via compensatory measures. Here we use only internationally recognised and independent certification, such as the Gold Standard. The projects we have selected support social as well as environmental causes.
STIHL anticipates that it will have to compensate a total of some 60,000 tonnes of CO2 during the period from 2021 to 2023. Our purchase of the associated compensation certificates is enabling us to support a project for climate protection in Gatsibo, Rwanda. This project funds the renovation of drinking water boreholes along with the introduction of efficient cooking stoves, and makes an important contribution to protecting the environment, improving the health of the local population and maintaining biodiversity.
You can read more about the climate protection project here.