At adelphi, we understand sustainability to mean acting responsibly in the interests of future generations. We are convinced that only a corporate governance strategy that is oriented around clear values and sustainability can be successful in the long run. Sustainability is the foundation of our business operations, which are geared toward forward-looking solutions and long term success, as well as the guiding principle of our business internally and externally.
In the summer of 2008, adelphi consult GmbH and adelphi research gGmbH introduced an environmental management system in accordance with the European EMAS regulation at all Berlin offices. The management system was validated and registered in October 2008. After moving to Alt-Moabit in September 2016, our environmental management system was redesigned and adapted to the current office location. Our system has been revalidated in July 2017 (valid until 2021).
To compensate for our CO2 emissions we work together with First Climate, an integrated carbon asset management company that offers products and services related to the trading of emission reduction credits and invests in greenhouse gas abatement projects around the world which are verified to the highest international standards.
In order to offset the emissions caused by adelphi, we support CO2 offsetting projects in Kenya and India. In the African state of Kenya, the dissemination of efficient stoves reduces emissions of gases harmful to health and the environment, while in India the operation of a run-of-river power plant is supported. The latter promotes sustainable energy generation and improves the local infrastructure.
About the project: Use of efficient cook stoves in Kenya
The majority of Kenya's fuel needs are covered by charcoal and wood. The high per capita consumption leads to steadily decreasing forest stands and inefficient stoves produce harmful smoke during combustion. Especially women and children bear the consequences as they mostly collect the firewood and are exposed to the smoke development during cooking.
In order to reduce these negative effects, the purpose of the project is to encourage and support the dissemination of efficient cook stoves, which enable user to reduce their fuel consumption by 35–50 percent. This not only reduces emissions, but also the financial burden on families. The cook stoves are produced and distributed locally, which creates regional added value, generates employment and provides income to the local population.