The Environment is Important to Us
Our social responsibility is important to us, and the environment is a topic particularly close to our hearts. That's why we work with a sustainable business policy, which focusses on a careful relationship with natural resources and a variety of measures for the protection of the environment. This includes our almost completely paperless office, as well as our use of renewable energy sources and packing boxes made from recycled paper.
Did you know? Browsing the internet releases huge amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, because it's not just the computer or device that you're on that's using energy, but also the internet servers around the world that connect you to websites and allow you to access the data. Here at Connox, you can surf guilt-free. We participate in the voluntary climate initiative "CO2 neutral websites", meaning that we neutralise the carbon emissions of our website and its users. With our contributions, the initiative supports projects for renewable energy and builds new renewable energy sources. Thanks to our participation in this initiative, we have been awarded EU-standard CO2 certificates based on our carbon emissions (measured by website traffic). The idea of paying based on actual carbon output is a great measure for compelling even big companies to reduce their emissions. Check out our certificate and read more about the initiative at co2neutralwebsite.com.
Connox's energy provider is Naturstrom - meaning that 100% of the electricity we use is from renewable resources. We save more than 16 tons of CO2 every year compared to using a national "mixed energy" provider - that's about the same as 805 trees. We are also promoting the expansion of renewable energy: more than 200 new eco power plants have been built thanks to support for Naturstrom.
GoGreen - Environmentally Friendly Delivery
The delivery company DHL allows us the possibility to carbon-neutralise all our outgoing parcels. For a small surcharge, the GoGreen program neutralises the CO2 emissions effected by our deliveries. We have been a part of the program since 15th August 2010, and the overall aim is to reduce all carbon emissions from the Deutsche Post (German postal system) by 30% by 2020. For more information on GoGreen you can visit gogreen.de.
We are passionate about renewable energy, which is why we had this huge photovoltaic system of solar panels installed on the roof of our building! Harnessing the power of the sun, we are now able to produce 60,000 kWh per year, which is more than the double the energy that Connox consumes with over 40 employees.
Taking part in events such as Hanover Catching the Sun (Hannover auf Sonnenfang), we do our part to convince other companies of the many advantages of installing solar panels on unused surfaces, such as on roofs. Not only can companies save money in the long run, but it also helps protect the environment and reduce carbon from the atmosphere. By allowing us to use solar power instead of burning fossil fuels, our large area of roof space is certainly being put to good use!
Disposal and Recycling
We are committed to the proper disposal of all our waste products. Being a paperless office, we work to a strong principle of waste-avoidance, and as such abstain from creating a lot of rubbish in the first place. We are big on recycling, and even in our breaks we make sure that we're not sending a single yoghurt pot or foil sandwich wrapper to clog up the landfills! Because of this, it is obvious to us to reuse our manufacturers' dispatch cartons and packaging materials.
Our own parcel cushioning is made of 100% recycled paper and has the "Blauer Engel" certificate of environmental protection. All of our boxes and packaging are licensed by the German Packaging Ordinance (German only). The aim of the Package Ordinance is to reduce environmental pollution by packaging waste and to promote the reuse of packaging materials.