Together against Climate Change
To celebrate Earth Day, ŠKODA AUTO joined the #Project1Hour Group initiative
ollowing the “My Step to Zero” motto, the VW Group invited all its employees around the world to reflect on how they contribute to reducing their environmental footprint. A one-hour workshop was organised for employees to share how they protect the environment. The main part of the workshop, which lasted exactly one hour, consisted of an introductory video, a climate quiz, a quick carbon footprint test and a joint debate over the individual or team measures.
The initiative has sparked more than 100 voluntary commitments by our employees to reduce their carbon footprint.
The employees of ŠKODA AUTO and its subsidiaries, as well as representatives from the Indian region, took part in the discussions. “As an international carmaker, we are well aware of our responsibilities for the climate and environment. Through the #Project1Hour initiative, we’ve sent a signal about the responsible and sustainable use of natural resources. On this occasion, we showed how we as a team can work together to reduce our environmental footprint”, says Thomas Schäfer, Chairman of the Board of Directors. In the indirect area, online team interviews took place via MS Teams and Skype. Individuals or teams that have set their personal or team climate commitments could further share them via the Group’s Start Your Climate Action platform. The participation of direct area employees was voluntary and was possible in two ways until the end of April: Employees could take part in the event at any time via the project information page on ŠKODA Space, and outside of their working hours, they could log into the workshops or meetings via MS Teams and Skype by using their private accounts.
A number of measures came out of these discussions – see the “Employee climate commitments” column for more information. ED
Employees’ climate commitments
Saving electric energy, switching off lights, insulating homes, replacing appliances, reducing water consumption and using heat and light effectively.
Using public transport more often, carpooling, reducing car use and air travel.
Changing the pattern of one’s shopping behaviour, reducing consumption, preferring local suppliers, reducing purchases, reducing or recycling packaging.
Plant a tree, spread the word, lead by example, get personally involved and further educate yourself.
PSU – Environmental and Work Protection
Clean air and drinking water are not commonplace, and we should take care of them. And my tip for climate protection? Let’s think globally but act locally. Even small steps are helpful.
BW/2 – Value Engineering – Interior, Exterior
Personally, I would like us, as a company, to give more support to green roofs, which reduce CO2 and the temperature in cities.
GGS – Corporate Strategy and Innovation Management
ŠKODA AUTO strives to do a lot for climate protection, but we lack more open discussions. We should communicate its importance, urgency and major impact on our future.
BXE – Purchase Lighting and Electromechanics
I think it would be good to stop for an hour and think about what we will leave behind and what our footprints are, including their impact on the environment.
You can find the project information page on ŠKODA Space.