In their ranking of “Germany’s climate-conscious companies,” the market research company Statista and the business magazine Capital have named the online specialist retailer Bergfreunde the company with the strongest climate awareness in Germany, based on data from over 2,000 German companies. The analysis focused on the question of which companies succeed best in reducing CO2 emissions without having to restrict sales or production growth.

According to the assessment, outdoor specialist Bergfreunde has reduced the average intensity of its CO2 emissions by 60.2 percent over the past three years. The fast-growing e-com retailer is achieving a major effect through its fully automated, energy-saving logistics center and by switching completely to renewable energies. This pushes Bergfreunde past last year’s winner, Zalando. With currently comparatively low emissions (Scope 1 + 2) of 30 tons of CO2, Bergfreunde comes to an emissions intensity of 0.20 (emissions in relation to sales). This results in a CARR value (Compound Annual Reduction Rate) of 60.2 percent, which is relevant for the Capital climate ranking. Bergfreunde receives additional points because the company already collects Scope 3 data and formulates climate protection targets in accordance with the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi).

For the study, listed corporations, large SMEs and family-owned companies from Germany were called upon to provide their data on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In parallel, Statista analyzed publicly available data, e.g. from sustainability reports, from more than 2000 companies from mid-September to the end of October. The CARR value determined in the process was set in relation to the company’s sales and formed the basis of the ranking. 

The complete ranking and info on the methodology can be found here (in German).