While the ecological footprint that ProSiebenSat.1 Group creates through its operational activities is relatively small compared to other industries, it is not insignificant. Although, as a media group, we are not in a manufacturing sector and do not use a great amount of resources or energy, we are aware of the ecological responsibility that we bear as a commercial enterprise.

In June 2020, we announced that we intend to reduce ProSiebenSat.1 Group’s operating CO2 emissions to zero by 2030, thus becoming climate-neutral. We are aiming to achieve this goal primarily by means of lower energy consumption and purchasing electricity from renewable energy sources. Furthermore, we have identified potential CO2 savings in areas such as “green productions”, business trips, and employee mobility. To this end, CO2 offsetting with climate protection projects is also planned.

Energy and Emissions

Green Seven Week

During the annual initiative, ProSieben uses its large reach to raise awareness for sustainability especially among young viewers. In September 2020, the Green Seven took place for the 12th time.

Our carbon footprint includes direct greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 1), indirect greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 2) and greenhouse gas emissions from upstream and downstream stages in the value chain (Scope 3).

Explanatory Notes on ProSiebenSat.1 Group’s Carbon Footprint can be found here.

CARBON FOOTPRINT OF PROSIEBENSAT.1 GROUP

Greenhouse gas emissions (CO2 equivalent) in metric tons*

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

Scope 1: 

Direct greenhouse gas emissions

 

• Vehicle fleet
• Fuel oil
• Diesel

1,599

2,110

1,910

2,456

2,371

2,933

Scope 2:

Indirect greenhouse gas emissions1

 

• Electricity
• District heating & geothermal energy

2,188

2,882

10,460

4,035

3,471

2,800

Scope 3:

Greenhouse gas emissions from upstream and downstream stages of the value chain

 

• Fuels and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or 2
• Waste from operating processes
• Employee commuting
• Business travel (plane, train, rental car, taxi)

5,797

16,292

20,605

17,356

15,130

9,787

Total emissions from Scope 1, 2 and 32

9,5843

21,284

32,975

23,847

20,973

15,520

* When calculating the carbon footprint, we were guided by the criteria and definitions of the Sustainability Reporting Guidelines (Standards) of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). The data was collected on the basis of internal guidelines. In addition, we aligned the calculation of our carbon footprint and selected data on indirect CO2 emissions (Scope 3) to the following standards: the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol – Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard, the Corporate Value Chain Accounting and Reporting Protocol of the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). All of ProSiebenSat.1 Group’s own sites and employees were included in the carbon footprint. The market-based method was used for the calculation.
1 Energy consumption by the production studios and computer centers outside of the Unterfoehring and Berlin sites is not included. Scope 2 emissions according to the location-based method amounted to 9.577 metric tons of CO2e in the reporting period (previous year: 10.557t CO2e).
2 Total emissions according to the location-based method amounted to 16,973 metric tons of CO2e in the reporting period (previous year: 28,959 metric tons of CO2e).
3 The amount of remaining non-reduced and non-compensated emissions was 9,229 metric tons of CO2e.

Scope 1: As it was the case in the previous year, the direct emissions are mainly generated by ProSiebenSat.1’s vehicle fleet.

Scope 2: The significant year-on-year decrease in energy indirect emissions (market-based) is due to the purchase of green electricity at the Unterföhring site.

Scope 3: Business trips and commuting are responsible for the majority of the reported greenhouse gas emissions from upstream and downstream stages in the value chain.

Energy Intensitiy

2020

2019

2018

Energy consumption in GWh

36.67

40.72

44.64

Revenues in EUR m

4,047

4,135

4,009

Average FTEs

7,128

7,265

6,239

Energy consumption/revenues
in MWh/EUR m

9.06

9.85

11.13

Energy consumption/average FTE
in MWh/average FTE

5.14

5.60

7.15

GHG Emissions Intensitiy

2020

2019

2018

GHG emissions in metric tons

9,584

21,284

32,975

Revenues in EUR m

4,047

4,135

4,009

Average FTEs

7,128

7,265

6,239

GHG emissions/revenues
in metric tons/EUR m

2.37

5.15

8.23

GHG emissions/average FTE
in metric tons/average FTE

1.34

2.93

5.29