Achieving zero carbon
In 2019, a team of committed employees took the initiative to reduce UL’s carbon footprint, transitioning offices in Frankfurt, Cologne and Arnhem, and a UL fire laboratory in Rosenheim to source 100% renewable energy. The combined effect of their efforts was a reduction in about 600 metric tonnes of CO2 emissions from the atmosphere annually, roughly the equivalent emissions of 120 households in Germany. UL’s offices in Oldenburg and Wilhelmshaven had already transitioned to renewable energy in 2018.1
This group of UL employees came together from different functions including facilities, finance, global sourcing and engineering to research clean energy opportunities in the area. By collaborating, they were able to negotiate group rates, making the transition to carbon free energy a win for the environment and the bottom line.
For their leadership in transitioning these sites to 100% clean and renewable energy, the employees making up this grassroots task force were nominated for the UL Mark of Excellence Award. The Mark of Excellence is an award offered annually to recognize UL employees who have contributed outstanding, collaborative or innovative work to the organization. Their successful initiative has helped inform UL’s corporate sustainable energy management approach and has also influenced similar working groups and undertakings in the U.K., France and Italy.
1 Calculated using the EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator