How Santa Claus can manage to think sustainability beyond standards
Reusable Christmas trees, LED fairy lights and vegan roasts: There are plenty of ways to make Christmas more sustainable. But what's the point of us humans celebrating ecologically while Santa Claus and his helping elves at the North Pole blow lots of CO₂ into the air during the production and delivery of presents?
In 2023, our Christmas venture "thyssenkrupp XMaaS Services" has set itself the task of developing solutions for this problem – pro bono, of course. They have developed climate-friendly products and services for the various areas of sustainability (environment, social and governance) that go beyond standards. So that "going BEYOND" will soon not only be a top priority for MX, but also for Santa Claus.
Making the logistical masterpiece greener
It's a long way to go before every child in the world has a present under the Christmas tree. From purchasing to manufacturing, packaging, storage and transportation, Santa and his helping elves have a lot to do. It's quite a logistical masterpiece! However, Santa's carbon footprint is anything but a masterpiece. The first step would be to create transparency. Santa Claus Inc. needs to know where and how many emissions are generated – for example with the help of the Christmas Carbon Footprint Calculator. The CCF calculator reveals the carbon footprint of the entire gift supply chain – including flying sleighs and farting reindeers. From this, many actions can be taken to reduce emissions. Without going after the reindeers, of course. This is where the deer:karb platform comes in: The magical platform takes all the data into account and shows which measures in the reindeer industry would have the greatest savings effect. A particularly practical feature is that Santa Claus as well as all helping elves have access to deer:karb.
Another potential saving is obvious: the presents are produced, stored and delivered from the North Pole. The transportation routes to children all over the world are accordingly long. And the longer the distance, the more CO₂ is generated. A much better solution would be to buy and produce the gifts close to the children. Ideally, using 3D printing to be more efficient and to be able to respond to the individual needs of the wish lists. Thanks to the Polargus 3D joint venture, the elves can coordinate all of that via a digital platform.
There are emissions in the gift supply chain that cannot be avoided despite our best efforts. But we at thyssenkrupp XMaaS Services have an answer to this: Voluntary Christmas Credits make it easy to offset unavoidable emissions.