For example, the German Presidency will not offer giveaways at events and will use regional, fair‑trade and primarily plant‑based food in the catering. Germany will offset all of the emissions that cannot be avoided.
With the large number of events it entails, involving travel and catering, a Council Presidency leaves a carbon footprint. In order to make its Council Presidency sustainable, Germany is avoiding and reducing such emissions as much as possible, for example by not having giveaways at events and by using regional, fair‑trade and primarily plant‑based food in the catering. Germany will offset all of the emissions that cannot be avoided. To this end, the Federal Environment Agency collected data in advance and estimated that the emissions for Germany's Council Presidency will amount to 71,519 tonnes of CO2‑eq in total. This includes the emissions caused during events and by travel to and from them. The chart, which depicts a typical Presidency event, shows that most emissions are caused by travel to and from the event.
In order to offset emissions, Germany is acquiring emission reduction credits from projects certified in accordance with the UN regulations in the Kyoto Protocol. The acquisition of these credits provides funding for climate-protection projects that go beyond simply reducing CO2 and instead yield additional value‑added to the project countries. This includes, for example, the protection of air, soil or water, resource protection, the expansion of rural electrification, local job creation, and health protection for the local population.
It is not compulsory to offset the carbon footprint – holders of the Council Presidency do so voluntarily. By diligently offsetting emissions, Germany aims to strengthen international climate protection.
Did you know that...?
... the Federal Government has already been offsetting its employees’ essential business trips since 2014? Further information is available at:
Further information on voluntary offsetting via climate-protection projects at or in the Federal Environment Agency’s guidebook at: