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ESG at HomeToGo

Berlin, July 2023 - HomeToGo is committed to reducing its environmental impact, maintaining the status as a climate-neutral company and fighting against the climate crisis. In order to hold ourselves accountable and set ambitious targets for the future, we acknowledge the vital significance of establishing comprehensive reporting structures for both environmental and social metrics, ensuring transparency and progress toward our sustainability objectives for a better and more responsible future.

Carbon Footprint Tracking for the HomeToGo Group

Since 2018 HomeToGo has been tracking its carbon footprint and has been committed to achieving carbon neutrality. As of 2022, HomeToGo proudly partners with Plan A, a trusted carbon accounting software provider.* Through this collaboration, we ensure accurate assessment and reporting of our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in alignment with the GHG Protocol, which is being certified on an annual basis. 

Plan A empowers us to track and manage our carbon footprint effectively, enabling a commitment to sustainable practices and responsible environmental stewardship. 

*Carbon footprint tracking prior to 2022 was conducted with ClimatePartner

Carbon Footprint Data for the HomeToGo Group - 2022


Emissions by scopes in total (expressed in tCO₂e)

Scope 1
Scope 2
Scope 3
Other
12.92
381.2
2828.75
52.77

Emissions by scopes and categories (expressed in tCO₂e)

Scope 1
Scope 2
Scope 3
Other
0.5: Fugitive Emissions
305.4 : Heating
122.42 : Working from home
0 : Hybrid Events
12.41 : Vehicle Fleet
74.77 : Electricity
5.2 : Waste
0 : Virtual Events
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1.02 : Hosted Servers
2189.52 : Suppliers
52.77 : In-Person Events
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59.79 : Cloud servers
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370.88 : Business travel
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130.94 : Employee commute
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Emissions by scopes per quarter (expressed in tCO₂e)

Q1 (01.01.2022-31.03.2022)*
Q2 (01.04.2022-30.06.2022)
Q3 (01.07.2022-30.09.2022)
Q4 (01.10.2022-31.12.2022)
2397.48
188.74
225.15
514.26

*It is important to consider that Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions are significantly higher in the first quarter of 2022, as this is where all data from our third-party suppliers (Scope 3) is being allocated.

Despite the procurement transactions occurring throughout the whole year, our existing accounting system consolidates and attributes these emissions fully to the month of January 2022.

We are actively working towards implementing an enhanced and precise accounting system as we transition all pertinent data into our recently established Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, thereby ensuring greater accuracy in emissions tracking.

Total emissions per facility (expressed in tCO₂e)

Berlin
Kaunas
Vilnius
Milan
Barcelona
Zurich
Frankfurt
Düsseldorf
Austin
Sierksdorf
2769.94
74.11
48.89
85.35
55.1
10.49
179.58
28.31
42.6
31.27

For comprehensive insights into our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for the year 2022, we invite you to download the complete report through the following link:

GHG Emissions Report 2022.

The development of our carbon footprint over time

The greenhouse gas (GHG) emission data for the years 2018 to 2021 solely considers our office facilities in Berlin, Kaunas, and Vilnius, which constituted the primary locations for HomeToGo's headcount during that specific time frame.

Consequently, the emissions during this period are notably lower in comparison to the emissions accounted for in the year 2022, which include additional operations (10 offices in total).

Furthermore, it is important to emphasize that, prior to 2022, our organization utilized a carbon accounting software from ClimatePartner that did not incorporate data from 'third-party suppliers' in the emission calculations and therefore Scope 3 emissions appear to be significantly lower. As of 2023 we have switched to a new and updated software from Plan A GmbH.

Category | Year
2018
2019*
2020
2021
Externally generated heat
85,600
N/A
42,700
45,867
Electricity
5,800
N/A
54,690
24,957
Employee Commuting
165,000
N/A
24,400
139,477
Upstream Emissions of heating / cooling
40,900
N/A
21,700
31,070
Services & Telecommunication
9,800
N/A
64,500
24,607
Business Trips (Flight + Train)
112,700
N/A
31,010
8,894
Waste Treatment
7,900
N/A
100,00
21,220
SUM
427,700
494,000
239,100
274,896
(+) 10%
470,500
560,000
263,000
302,387
Reduction YoY
N/A
(+) 19%
-53%**
(+) 15%

*Note, the figures above are shown in kg CO2e.

**In the year 2019, formal greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting in collaboration with ClimatePartner was not conducted. Instead, an estimation was derived by projecting the GHG emissions data from 2018 proportionally to the increased headcount. Subsequently, the calculated estimate was offset by neutralizing a total of 560,000 kg of CO2, consistent with our practices in preceding and subsequent years.

***Regarding GHG emissions in the year 2020, it is important to note the circumstances which were fostered by the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic. Primarily characterized by a shift to remote work for a significant duration, 2020 witnessed a substantial reduction in emissions due to this altered operational mode.

In evaluating the year-over-year (YoY) comparison for 2019 to 2020, it is important to consider the profound impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. During 2020, a predominant shift to remote work significantly lowered emissions, particularly in the domain of Employer Commute, Electricity and Heating.

The modest rise observed from 2020 to 2021 can be attributed to a gradual return of employees to office spaces and the ensuing escalation in utility expenditures for HomeToGo facilities.

Broadly, we observe a substantial reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions over the course of these years, and maintain a strong commitment and ambition to sustain this trend.

For additional information on our Carbon Footprint and its development over the years, please read the ESG Chapter in our Annual Report 2022 (page 65 following).

Renewable energy procurement in 2022

Share of renewable energy procurement compared to total energy procurement per office (in %)

Berlin
Kaunas
Vilnius
Milan
Barcelona
Zurich
Frankfurt
Düsseldorf
Austin
Sierksdorf
100%
100%
100%
0%
40%
100%
44%
100%
0%
60%

HomeToGo has established a commitment to the continuous expansion of renewable energy usage.

As of the year 2022, we have achieved the milestone where over half of our operational sites receive their entire electricity supply from renewable sources - notably, these facilities power the majority of HomeToGo's overall headcount.

This achievement sets a strong foundation for our future endeavors as we are resolute in maintaining this standard and further advancing to ensure that 100% of our sites rely on renewable energy sources.

Presently, in three of our sites, namely Barcelona, Frankfurt, and Sierksdorf, a portion of our electricity is sourced from renewable sources.

We have set ambitious targets to increase the portion for these locations for 2024. In addition, there are two others presently reliant on non-renewable energy.

Our objective is to transition these sites to exclusively utilizing electricity from renewable carriers by no later than the year 2025. This signifies our unwavering commitment to sustainable energy practices and reducing our carbon footprint across our operations.

Water consumption and preservation

HomeToGo is resolutely dedicated to establishing robust reporting structures for crucial water-related metrics across our facilities.

In line with our overarching sustainability objectives, our focus for 2024 is to diligently collect, analyze, and report on water withdrawal, discharge, and consumption data for all of our office spaces. Moreover, we are thinking of new initiatives to proactively reduce water consumption in these locations. This may include the implementation of water-saving measures like Low-Flow Toilets, Faucet Aerators, and a comprehensive strategy to lessen the use of air conditioners.

By taking these decisive steps, we will be able to commit to setting and achieving reduction targets in water usage by cultivating an even more responsible and eco-friendly approach for our daily operations.

Diversity, Equality and Inclusion

As of our 2022 Annual Report, our team across the HomeToGo Group consists of 600+ employees from 52 different nationalities, while 46% of employees and 36% at and above manager level in the HomeToGo Group are women. Additionally, we have employees across a wide range of ages.

Composition of the team

Composition of the Team
KPI
# Employees
600+
Unique Nationalities
52
Gender Split
Male
54%
Female
46%
Female ratio at and above manager level
36%

HomeToGo is an equal opportunity employer, committed to hiring and nurturing exceptional talent, representing various backgrounds, perspectives and skills. We are authentically candid and open-minded, fostering a safe environment for diverse opinions. Our hiring decisions are based on qualifications, merit and business needs. We do not discriminate against race, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, political, ideological or religious views, disability or age.

Diverse Age Distribution

At our organization, we are committed to the ongoing and vigilant monitoring of our gender pay gap. We recognize the importance of this critical issue and the need for transparency and accountability in addressing it.

We pledge to track and analyze the data, striving to gain a comprehensive understanding of the factors contributing to the prevailing gender pay gap.

Our dedicated efforts will be directed towards implementing meaningful initiatives, policies, and practices that will progressively narrow this gap, fostering a workplace where gender equality and fairness are at the forefront of our values and actions.

We firmly believe in fostering an environment where all individuals are valued and compensated equitably based on their skills, experience, and contributions, regardless of gender or any other attribute.

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