GMUND - ACT GREEN IS CLIMATE NEUTRAL
Gmund constantly strives to minimize emissions of greenhouse gases. During the past two years, Gmund has reduced emissions of carbon dioxide by an additional 25% and simultaneously increased from 71% to 75% the percentage of electrical current that Gmund produces from regenerative energy sources.
Even ultramodern technology has not yet made it possible to manufacture paper entirely without generating CO2. Gmund will compensate for unavoidable CO2 emissions generated through the production of GMUND - ACT GREEN by supporting a monitored climate-protection project in Central America.
WHY CLIMATE NEUTRAL?
The warming of our planet by the greenhouse effect is a global phenomenon. The climate-neutrality principle is based on this realization. To compensate for emissions generated at one location, climate-protection projects can be supported elsewhere on Earth. For climate-neutral paper, exactly the same amounts of emissions that are generated in the production process are offset by supporting a climate-protection project at a different location, e.g. a hydroelectric project in Guatemala.
WHY CLIMATE-NEUTRAL PAPER?
It is not yet too late to mitigate the consequences of global climate change. Action is urgently necessary, especially to minimize emissions of greenhouse gases such as CO2. Increased concentrations of atmospheric CO2 and other greenhouse gases lead to the so-called “greenhouse effect” and thus exacerbate global warming. CO2 emissions are also caused when paper is manufactured. The present state of technology can reduce, but not entirely eliminate emissions of greenhouse gases such as CO2, but it is possible to compensate for these discharges by reducing emissions elsewhere.
WHY WATER POWER IN GUATEMALA?
Water power has a centuries-old tradition in the paper industry. Gmund too has used the regenerative energy of water for more than 180 years. Gmund’s own turbines presently generate more than 50% of the electrical energy needed for Gmund’s manufacturing processes.
Guatemala is not a wealthy industrialized nation. Domestic funding is not available there for investments in climate protection. The country must rely on outside assistance.
The climate-protection project that Gmund is supporting:
- Substitutes electricity produced by water power for electrical current that
would otherwise be generated by burning fossil fuels
- Creates 400 jobs during the construction phase and 30 permanent jobs afterwards
- Provides greater energy security for Guatemala
- Expands the power grid to deliver current to ca. 5,000 more people
- Reforests the shores of the Aguacapa River, thus reducing erosion and enabling
plants and soils to capture more carbon