On the climate impact of R.U.S.Z Vienna

R.U.S.Z is committed to climate protection and has decided to conduct research regarding its own climate impact. For this purpose, we have on the one hand had a professional CO2 emission report prepared for the Vienna location and on the other hand tried to calculate an approximation of the CO2 saved by our services.

The professional CO2 emissions report was prepared by Fokus Zukunft on the basis of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Standard (GHG Protocol) and certain operating data of R.U.S.Z Vienna and depicts the negative climate impact. A distinction is made between direct and indirect emissions from own combustion, purchased energy, and inputs and services provided by third parties. The calculated CO₂ equivalents (CO2e) indicate the climate impact of the various greenhouse gases (in addition to carbon dioxide, also methane, nitrous oxide, HFCs, etc.) defined by the Kyoto Protocol, which are compared with the impact of carbon dioxide for the purpose of complexity reduction.

One fact is central to the positive climate impact of R.U.S.Z Vienna: The greater part of the climate-damaging emissions in the life cycle of a household appliance occurs during its manufacture as well as during its disposal. Therefore, we have additionally carried out a conservative calculation with our order data and corresponding key figures, which depict the CO2 savings through repair and reuse of certain product groups. Washing machines, gray goods, small electrical appliances, and coffee machines that can be returned to further cycles of use through repair show us the pleasing result we expected.

Emission report R.U.S.Z Vienna

Direct emissions from own combustion: 26,14 t CO2e

(Natural gas heating, fuel)

Indirect emissions from purchased energy: 0 t CO2e

(Green electricity)

Indirect emissions from services 19,28 CO2e

(Energy supply, business travel, commuting, water and waste, consumables)

TOTAL: 45,42 t CO2e

This corresponds to the per capita emissions of 6 people in Austria (2018) and is low compared to other companies of our size and industry, says Fokus Zukunft

Savings through Repair and Reuse

Washing machines and washer-dryers 34,56 t CO2

(1477 pieces x 23.40 kg CO2/piece acc. to ReUse calculator)

Notebooks, Desktop-PCs, TV-Sets: 21,65 t CO2

(328 pieces x 66kg CO2/piece acc. to ReUse-calculator)

Small electrical appliances: 0,93 t CO2

(962 pieces x 0,97kg CO2/piece acc. to ReUse-calculator)

Coffee machines: 1,73 t CO2

(536 pieces x 3,22kg CO2/piece acc. to Öko-Institut e.V.)

TOTAL: 58,87 t

Outlook and measures

The CO2 footprint of 46 t CO2 determined by the Fokus Zukunft report is in any case offset by 58 t CO2 saved through repair and ReUse. This makes it clear that repair and reuse are indeed climate protection.

Nevertheless, we want to continuously improve our carbon footprint and are therefore planning to convert the vehicle fleet to low-emission vehicles in the medium term and are focusing on measures in the area of heat supply.

Furthermore, we motivate our franchise partners to start monitoring and measuring their own climate impact after 2 years of operation.

And last but not least: If you would like to find out more about the climate impact of your lifestyle, you can click through the CO2 calculator of Forum Umweltbildung and get useful tips for a sustainable lifestyle!