Climate change affects all of us!

It is about time for the watersports industry to do its bid and help protect our most beloved element.

We have always wanted to guarantee safe and healthy water fun for our users without harming the environment. Wibit products are designed and engineered in Germany in compliance with the stringiest safety and environment protection standards worldwide (EN-ISO 25649 norm and REACH). They are regularly tested by independent testing laboratories.

Our SportsParks do not harm the environment like other water sports activities. Here are some facts:

  • No permanent energy consumption
  • No water pollution by fuels
  • Only 25% of a Sports Park covers the surface of the water
  • Only temporary installation

So far – so good. But we want more!

To have a decisive impact on the environment, we must live, work and trade climate neutrally. Aiming for this goal, we looked for expertise in this special field and joined Climate Partner. They have calculated all our emissions and helped us take the first necessary steps. There are many more to come!

Simultaneously we are thinking about additional measures we can do inhouse to contribute to the climate goal. As of now, a charging station for electric vehicles has been installed plus we have partnered with a local bike manufacturer to offer job bikes in order to support our employees´ green commute. Additionally, we set up a water dispenser in our office and now save more than 500 cases of beverage bottles every year plus the complete delivery emissions attached.

 

And this is just the beginning!

As of this year, Wibit Sports can call itself

This means that we have calculated the greenhouse gas emissions from our offices in Germany and China, are continuously reducing them and offset unavoidable emissions through certified carbon offset projects.

Our steps in detail:

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  1. Calculate carbon emissions

Together with ClimatePartner we have calculated our CCF – Corporate Carbon Footprint. This includes emissions from sources such as energy and heating, business travel, office supplies and everything else that we use in the operation of our company offices.

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  1. Avoid and reduce emissions

Our CCF calculation shows us where we need to reduce our carbon emissions. We update it every year to monitor our progress and identify additional areas for improvement. As a first step, we have installed solar panels on our facility and now produce clean solar energy for our own needs and even for others.

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  1. Carbon offset

For the time being, some emissions remain unavoidable. We offset them by supporting a project from the ClimatePartner portfolio: Clean oceans, Plastic Bank, Worldwide. We see this project fit perfectly to our business as we want to protect the oceans.

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  1. Create transparency

Via our label stating “climate neutral company” and the ID, you can track our carbon neutrality through the ClimatePartner ID tracking tool.

As well as the avoidance and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, offsetting is a vital step in climate action. Without offsetting, the 1.5-degree target of the Paris Convention is not achievable at present – we do not yet have the necessary technologies to reduce all emissions drastically enough to meet this target. Investing in certified carbon offset projects also promotes sustainable development in the Southern hemisphere, so that economic progress is not dictated by investment in and use of fossil fuels.

Our carbon offset projects

As a carbon neutral company, we support the following carbon offset projects:

1. Clean oceans, Plastic Bank, Worldwide

Over 8 million tons of plastic waste end up in the sea every year. Especially developing countries often lack infrastructure for proper waste disposal. Stopping ocean plastic while improving the lives of those who are most affected – this is the approach taken by the Plastic Bank. In Haiti, Indonesia, Brazil and the Philippines, people collect plastic waste.

Read more about this project here.

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2. Wind energy, Luzon, Philippines

A wind farm on the Philippine island of Luzon ensures an increasingly independent supply of clean electricity for the population.

In 2015, the share of renewable energies in the Philippine electricity mix was about a quarter. Only five percent of the electricity came from biomass, solar and wind power plants. The island nation in the

western Pacific has a wind power potential of 76 gigawatts. The Caparispisan wind farm in the province of Llocos Norte harnesses this potential. On 625 hectares, 27 turbines with a capacity of 81 megawatts generate an average of 270,000 megawatt hours per year, which have been fed into the Philippine grid since 2014.

 

Read more about this project here.

Let´s fight for our planet and its beautiful oceans!