1. Harmful emissions
The main causes of climate change are greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane. The European Union wants to reduce emissions by 40 percent by the year 2030.
2. Fairness First
More and more manufacturers of consumer goods claim to be pursuing ethical and sustainable goals; for example, reducing their ecological footprint and ensuring their employees are treated fairly and paid well.
3. Changing behaviour
A flight from Frankfurt to New York produces 3.8 tonnes of carbon dioxide, a seven-day cruise around 1.6 tonnes and a year's driving around 2 tonnes (per person). When measured against the recommended climate-friendly budget for an individual – which is estimated at 2.3 tonnes per annum – travel for work and holidays have a significant impact. This is one area where more and more people are changing their behaviour in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
4. Green tariff & Co.
On average, a family of four spends more than 1,000 Euros on electricity every year. The refrigerator, washing machine and oven account for almost half of this in the household budget. So, what can be done to reduce this figure? Economical electrical appliances can save a lot of money, while at the same time making home life more sustainable. Another way to reduce your output is to switch to a green tariff or supplier.
5. Sustainable investing
Investors can make a substantial contribution to making the world a more sustainable place. For example, by buying shares from companies that are committed to environmental protection. There are many excellent ESG funds which make sustainable investing easy.
7. Sustainability and returns
Numerous studies have shown that sustainable investments do not have to result in a loss of return and can actually reduce the risks of an investment.