Since 1850 the CO2 concentration has increased by 40%. Climate-positive products and a climate-neutral company show that this can also be economically compatible.

At the beginning of 2020 bb-net was certified by Focus Zukunft as the first German climate-neutral company in the field of IT reprocessing.

We are aware of the special responsibility as a company towards future generations and act accordingly. For many years we have been preparing IT devices with the tecXL brand to be climate-positive. We check and validate our options for minimizing CO2 emissions and constantly optimizing our products and our actions. We succeed in doing this through a comprehensive sustainability concept, a large number of environmental projects and the unavoidable CO2 footprint through climate certificates.

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With the help of targeted measures avoid we the CO2 impact and to reduce environmental pollution continues to grow. Only in the last step compensate we unavoidable emissions through trustworthy climate protection certificates.


“As an environmental and climate politician, I am impressed by the sustainable management of bb-net. By processing used IT, such as laptops, the company makes an important contribution to the careful use of our natural resources. "

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The report is an important part of our commitment to climate protection. On the basis of the determined values ​​and by purchasing a corresponding amount of climate certificates, our company was made climate neutral. For the calculation of the food print of our company we have the external sustainability consulting company "Focus on the future" instructed. The emissions balance was calculated using the official guidelines of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. Compared to other companies of our size and industry, the emission value per employee is in the low range at 5,65 tons of CO2e.

Most of the remaining emissions can be traced back to the transport services. These include the collection of used IT goods from our partners as well as the delivery of processed tecXL products. Due to the possible CO2 compensation of DHL with their program GOGREEN the emission figures only show freight transport. The employee position is a very encouraging figure. This data hides the commutes of the employees, their business trips as well as the necessary consumables in production and office. Mathematically, this is only 97 kilograms per employee and year! The energy combines both heat, water and fuel. Waste corresponds to the waste actually disposed of, such as employee waste, packaging material and the like.

The Karcham Wangtoo Project on the Sutlej River in India

The Government of India and the Government of Himachal Pradesh (GOHP) have identified the Sutlej River as an important source of hydropower and have initiated hydropower projects along the river and its tributaries. The Karcham Wangtoo hydropower project is part of an overall development plan proposed by the GOHP for the potential of the Sutlej catchment area. The project is being developed and implemented by Jaypee Karcham Hydro Corporation Limited to help alleviate the acute power shortage. To offset our emissions, 350 climate certificates were acquired for this project.

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“Through our mission to process used IT and give it a second life 19 million kilograms of CO2 equivalents in 2019 saved, which would have arisen with the entire new production of 81.000 IT devices. "

Michael Bleicher
CEO, founder and innovative mind

“We have to be more efficient not only in the energy sector, but also in the IT sector. The Schweinfurt company bb-net proves that this is possible. "

Ludwig Hartmann
Group chairman Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen


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Reduction of advertising media and introduction of sustainable advertising media that are made either from renewable or recycled materials.

Reduction and reduction through fewer printed pages. Changeover to exclusively natural paper in the climate-neutral printing process.

Downsizing our packaging and alternatives to foam and PVC. Replacing glossy printing with environmentally friendly printing methods.

Further saving of unnecessary printed pages in the personnel area through the introduction of the digital signature.

Erection of electric charging stations for cars and bicycles on the factory premises.

Use of 100% biodegradable packing tape for closing the cardboard boxes.


All areas from office to production are fully equipped with the latest LED lighting systems.

With the new building and the move in 2018, we were able to have a strong influence on the equipment and environmental compatibility. In addition, motion detectors are installed in many places to avoid unnecessary lighting.

Since 2019 we have only been using UTZ-certified coffee beans in the coffee machines in the employee lounges.

From the first year of certification, farmers must meet basic economic, social and environmental requirements. In the following years, more demanding and far-reaching criteria are added in order to achieve continuous improvement.

Since April 2013 our company has been supplied with 100% green electricity. This is produced from hydropower in VERBUND's German Inn power plant pact.

The process of generating electricity from VERBUND hydropower plants meets the strict criteria “CMS Standard Generation EE” of TÜV SÜD for renewable energies.

The green form of logistics. One reason to carry out our parcel logistics with DHL and the GOGREEN program since 2010.

The dispatch of letters and parcels results in greenhouse gas emissions. With GOGREEN these emissions are neutralized. The compensation takes place through internationally recognized climate protection projects.

Bb-net has been using 2013% recycled paper in all printing systems since May 100 and is participating in the “CEOs pro recycled paper” initiative.

In the Pro Recycling Paper (IPR) initiative, companies from various industries are committed to the acceptance and widespread use of recycled paper. All members are committed to the principles and goals of the initiative and contribute to the implementation of the projects.

For all spray cans, we use reusable, special pressure vessels that we fill ourselves with natural compressed air.

The cleaning agents used to reprocess IT products have been consistently tested for high environmental compatibility.

Water means life and energy. By purchasing drinking water dispensers and reusable bottles, we have given all employees access to freshly chilled, sparkling or still water.

PET or glass bottles also contribute to CO2 emissions due to the complex disposal or cleaning processes.

We kill two birds with one stone:
Good for the employees and for the environment.


The company is very aware that climate protection is closely related to education. Bb-net has been supporting the association since 2019 "Labdoo". For almost a decade, “Labdoo” has been committed to the global spread of education and information technology. The aid project collects decommissioned laptops and tablets and wants to use the donated IT to reduce the “digital divide” in a responsible way. This gives children all over the world access to IT and education.

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The Schweinfurt-based company participates in a large number of initiatives. We do our part by setting goals, active cooperation or financial support.

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Under the abbreviation BAUM, the Federal German Working Group for Environmentally Conscious Management eV has been successfully and future-oriented linking economic, ecological and social issues, i.e. the principles of sustainability, with one another since 1984. By being a member of the BAUM Code, bb-net is committed to sustainable business practices.


bb-net has committed itself to qualified, voluntary environmental performance since 2011 and is therefore a participant in the Bavarian Environment Pact for sustainable growth with environmental and climate protection.


The aim of the agreement is to support the initiation and implementation of around 500 new energy efficiency networks of companies by the end of 2020 and to promote them as much as possible. We have been a member of the network since 2014.

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We have been supporting the Alliance for Development and Climate of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development since 2020. The alliance relies on the potential of volunteering and the leverage effect of CO2-Compensation projects in developing and emerging countries.

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In the Pro Recycling Paper (IPR) initiative, companies from various industries are committed to the acceptance and widespread use of recycled paper. All members are committed to the principles and goals of the initiative and contribute to the implementation of the projects.


The network “Blooming Landscape” has set itself the goal of creating a better food supply for bees, bumblebees and the like. We joined the initiative in 2019 and are actively sponsoring meadows and blossoms.


"We are entrepreneurs who are already promoting climate protection or who are committed to ensuring that the economy advances climate protection more quickly with innovative products, technologies, services and business models."


Resource-saving behavior in everyday office life and the consideration of environmental aspects when purchasing office supplies are of great importance. With the competition "Office & Environment“Distinguishes BAUM pioneers.
As a pioneer in the category “companies with up to 500 employees”, bb-net was able to achieve first place in 2020.
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Why is our company committed to global climate protection?

The global community has agreed that global warming must be limited to below 2 degrees Celsius in order to prevent catastrophic consequences. But the current commitments by the individual states are only sufficient to limit warming to a maximum of 4 degrees. In order to close this ambition gap, additional and considerable commitment from companies and citizens is required. We have recognized that voluntary emission reductions by companies are essential in order to be able to counteract climate change effectively. That's why we decided to increase our CO2 To neutralize emissions and want to make a contribution to a future worth living in. Because we will not only analyze the problems, but also tackle and solve them.

What is a CO2 footprint or a carbon footprint?

The CO2-Footprint is the measure of the amount of greenhouse gases (measured in CO₂ equivalents) that are created directly and indirectly through an activity of an individual, a company, an organization or a product. It includes the resulting emissions from raw materials, production, transport, trade, use, recycling and disposal. The basic idea of ​​the CO2-Footprints or carbon footprints are therefore to create a basis on which the influences on the climate can be measured, assessed and compared. In this way, the necessary reduction potentials are identified, measures are developed and their effectiveness is assessed.

As a corporate carbon footprint, the CO2 A company's footprint and the product carbon footprint is the CO2 Called the footprint of a product.

What does climate neutrality mean?

According to the principle of CO2 compensation described in the Kyoto Protocol, greenhouse gases that arise in one place on earth and cannot be avoided are to be saved in another place through climate protection projects. To finance this, companies buy certificates for corresponding climate protection projects from the six available project sectors (biomass, cooking stoves, solar energy, forest protection, hydropower and wind energy). Each certificate stands for 1 ton of CO2 that is saved by the respective project. There are numerous climate protection projects around the world, most of which support renewable energy projects. The initiators of these projects receive emission credits for their commitment, which can be traded in the form of climate protection certificates. The amount is measured, for example, by comparing it with the emissions that would have resulted from the construction of a coal-fired power plant.

How was the amount of CO2 emissions calculated by our company?

We commissioned the external sustainability consultancy Focus Future to calculate our company's footprint. The emissions balance was calculated using the official guidelines of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol.

What is reported under the Greenhouse Gas Protocol?

The emissions are broken down within the Greenhouse Gas Protocol according to Scopes 1, 2 and 3, each of which includes different types of greenhouse gas emissions. Scope 1 includes direct emissions from our own energy systems. Scope 2 covers emissions that arise indirectly when the company is provided with energy. Scope 3 emissions are additional indirect emissions that arise along the entire value chain.

Which greenhouse gases are included in the calculation?

The seven main greenhouse gases defined by the IPCC and the Kyoto Protocol, carbon dioxide (CO2), Methane (CH4), Nitrous oxide (N.2O), fluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), nitrogen trifluoride (NF3) and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) included.

What are CO2 equivalents?

Not all of the seven main greenhouse gases are equally effective. Methane is z. B. 21 times as harmful to the climate as CO2, Nitrous oxide 310 times and sulfur hexafluoride even 14.000 times. In order to compare the emissions with each other, all greenhouse gases are therefore based on CO2 converted. One then speaks of CO2-Equivalents.

How are the consumption data collected converted into greenhouse gas emissions?

The consumption data collected (such as electricity consumption or fuel consumption) is converted using emission factors that specify the emissions per unit (e.g. per kilowatt hour of electricity or liter of petrol). The emission factors come mainly from DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), but also from the GEMIS database (Global Emissions Model of Integrated Systems, IINAS) and the Ecoinvent database and are updated regularly.

How are emissions certificates generated?

The initiators of the climate protection projects - predominantly renewable energy projects - receive emission credits for their commitment, which can be traded in the form of climate protection certificates. The amount of the carbon offsetting is measured e.g. B. by comparison with the emissions that would have resulted from the construction of a coal-fired power station instead of generating renewable electricity.

Which quality criteria do the climate protection projects meet?

The climate protection projects we buy are each accredited, approved and controlled according to one of the three internationally recognized certification standards - VCS (Verified Carbon Standard), UN CER (Certified Emission Reduction of the United Nations) or the Gold Standard developed by WWF. The validation of the project results in terms of the CO achieved2- Savings, is certified by independent testing bodies, such as the TÜV.

What happens to the CO2 certificates after they have been purchased?

The number of CO2-Certificates have been retired. This is important because this shutdown is a prerequisite for the design and marketing of CO2- is neutral company and / or products. Without shutdown, a CO2Certificate may continue to be traded in the voluntary market, which would not result in any additional emissions reductions.

Why are international projects supported?

Climate change is global, so it doesn't matter where CO2 Emissions are emitted or saved. In the end, the sum of the greenhouse gases is decisive. In Germany, the reduction or compensation of CO2 very expensive, but in emerging and developing countries the compensation is cheaper. The Kyoto Protocol, which is binding under international law, therefore stipulates that so-called climate protection projects that avoid or save greenhouse gas emissions should take place where they are most economical. Accordingly, there are many projects in emerging and developing countries, as the potential for savings through new technologies is still very high and these can be used much more cheaply. In addition, the conditions for renewable energy systems (sun, wind, water and biomass) are often much more favorable there. In addition, the projects in emerging and developing countries help improve the economic, social and ecological situation and support the implementation of the United Nations' sustainability goals. For emerging and developing countries, emissions trading is a key driver for the transfer of clean technologies and sustainable economic development.

Viktor Rath

Viktor Rath, who studied mechanical engineering, has been passionate about occupational safety, the environment and energy in our company since 2018.

As a specialist for occupational safety, environmental officer and specialist for the waste disposal company, he was largely responsible for the implementation of our sustainability concept and paved the way for climate neutrality. He is happy to ask himself further questions but also suggestions on how we can become even better.

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