Sustainability Report 2019


Company Environmental Protection

Objectives, Measures and Indicators

Description of objective

Optimization and digitalization of work processes

Description of measures

Review of work processes to determine their optimization potential and options available for digitalizing processes

  • Digital tenant and HR files and digital technician portal
  • Switching numerous other processes to digital processes
  • Cooperation with companies that recycle IT
  • Introduction of a works agreement on mobile working
  • Use of digital collaboration tools and video conferencing

Description of objective

Measures to reduce resource consumption in offices

Description of measures

Planning and implementation of site-related measures to reduce the consumption of resources

  • Provision of information via the intranet
  • Implementation of departmental training sessions

Performance of a Group-wide energy audit

  • Increasing the share of electricity consumption attributable to renewable energy from 42% to 53%
  • Reduction in energy consumption (electricity and heat) by more than 20%

Corporate headquarters in Bochum:

  • Approx. 1,000 employees
  • DGNB Gold-certified
  • Energy savings compared to old corporate headquarters: approx. 20%
  • 100% green electricity used to operate the building
  • Supplemented by in-house PV system
  • Company electric charging points for employees: 18 charging points
  • Water filter and reusable packaging system to avoid mineral water purchases and plastic


Proportion of electricity consumption attributable to renewable energy


certification for corporate headquarters

Description of objective

Use of a modern, low-cost fleet of vehicles

Description of measures

Optimizing fleet efficiency

  • Using modern and fuel-efficient vehicles
  • Regular maintenance
  • Using fleet software to record and evaluate fuel consumption
  • Reducing the average fuel consumption from 8.3 l/100 km to 8.2 l/100 km

Steering away from diesel vehicles and testing alternative drive systems and other means of transportation

  • No use of diesel vehicles in the small car segment
  • Testing alternative drive systems such as hybrid, natural gas and electric drives in the company car fleet
  • Company bikes and e-bikes, especially in the neighborhoods (creates additional visibility)
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Reduction in fuel consumption
from 8.3 l/100 km to 8.2 l/100 km

Description of objective

Reducing the number of kilometers driven

Description of measures

Reducing the number of kilometers driven by way of process optimization and the use of new technologies

  • Centralizing processes and job processing
  • Increasing the volume for direct delivery: overnight and “empty apartment deliveries” system to avoid trips to building material depots
  • Using a route planning tool to reduce the number of kilometers driven
  • Equipping apartments with smart meters during modernization work to enable remote reading and save on travel

Reducing (air) travel by employees

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