Greenhouse Gas Emissions

In this sustainability report, we are reporting the CO2 emissions that comprise our carbon footprint for the second time. These include direct greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 1), indirect greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 2) and greenhouse gas emissions in the upstream and downstream value creation stages (Scope 3). ProSiebenSat.1 is working continuously on integrating the relevant sources of CO2 emissions into the data collection. Compared to 2015, we have slightly increased the coverage of measured activity data in order to improve the accuracy of the reported carbon footprint. For internal purposes, this allows the monitoring of environmental performance at different levels and the comparison and benchmarking of individual areas of ProSiebenSat.1 Group with competitors. In the future, we plan to further expand the coverage of Scope 3 emissions, especially with regard to business models in the digital segment.

ProSiebenSat.1 Group’s carbon footprint [G4-EN15, G4-EN16, G4-EN17]










Greenhouse gas emissions (CO2 equivalents) in tons






Energy consumption by the production studios and computer centers outside of the Unterföhring and Berlin sites is not included.

Scope 1 – Direct greenhouse gas emissions









  • Vehicle fleet
  • Fuel oil
  • Diesel
  • Natural gas








Scope 2* – Indirect greenhouse gas emissions









  • Electricity
  • District heating
  • Geothermal energy








Scope 3 – Greenhouse gas emissions from upstream and downstream stages of the value chain









  • Waste from operating processes
  • Fuels and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or 2
  • Business travel (plane, train, rental car and taxi)
  • Employee commuting








Total emissions from scope 1, 2 and 3 (without use of sold products)









TV consumption of the broadcast program (use of sold products)









While Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions changed only slightly year on year, emissions in the upstream and downstream value creation stages increased considerably. Scope 3 is mainly influenced by our employees’ commuting and business trips. The corresponding emissions therefore increased sharply as a result of the high growth in employee numbers and the expansion of international business – including acquisitions of production companies in the US. The “Accompanying Notes to ProSiebenSat.1 Group’s Carbon Footprint for the Financial Year 2016” explain in detail the calculation of emissions caused by the consumption of our TV programming in the newly reported “Use of Sold Products” category.

When calculating the carbon footprint, we were guided by the criteria and definitions of the Sustainability Reporting Guidelines (G4) of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). The data were collected on the basis of internal guidelines. In addition, we aligned the calculation of our carbon footprint and selected data on indirect CO2 emissions (Scope 3) to the following standards: The Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol - Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard, the Corporate Value Chain Accounting and Reporting Protocol of the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). All of ProSiebenSat.1 Group’s own sites and employees were included in the carbon footprint.