Krause Group is committed to reducing our scope 1 and 2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 50% by 2030 and to be Climate Neutral by 2050. We’ve confirmed the scope and begun collecting the data to create a Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emission Inventory for each business for the first time ever. This work will be finalized in early 2023. In addition, each of our businesses has a goal to reduce their emissions or become climate neutral (scope 1 and 2) by 2030. In 2023, following the results of each GHG Emission Inventory, the businesses will create a roadmap with specific deliverables to achieve the goals that were established in their 2030 CSR Vision.
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Efficient & Renewable Energy
We believe the most responsible unit of energy is the one not consumed. First, we seek to continuously reduce the energy intensity of facilities we operate by improving design and retrofitting innovative technology and equipment. Second, we seek to research the feasible production or sourcing of renewable energy for our operations.
Krause Group employs a full-time Certified Energy Manager® to support our commitment to responsible energy use. One Italian winery, Enrico Serafino, sourced 100% renewable energy from their utility, while the other Italian winery, Vietti, and Kum & Go have both installed solar photovoltaic systems offsetting a portion of on-site energy use. Casa di Langa, our hotel in Italy, put their photovoltaic system into service in 2022 and produced 12.6% of the energy utilized during its partial year of operation. Kum & Go was an early leader by adopting the LEED Volume program and has over 25% of their facilities LEED certified. 48.6% of Kum & Go Stores have 100% LED lighting. Krause+ made several investments by upgrading existing facilities with LED lighting. Energy consumption, energy intensity and renewable energy all made positive improvements in 2022 over the prior year. Most notable, total energy consumption decreased 6%.
Some businesses are currently excluded from this metric. Des Moines Menace and Teamwork Ranch operate no facilities.
Energy consumed (kBtu)
Energy intensity (kBtu/bldg. ft2)
Renewable energy consumed
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We believe the most responsible unit of water is the one conserved. First, we seek to continuously reduce the water intensity of the facilities we operate by improving design and retrofitting low-flow equipment. Second, we seek to protect both quality and quantity of water available via stormwater management and watershed stakeholder engagement where feasible.
Krause Group employs a full-time Certified Energy Manager® that also supports our commitment to water conservation and stewardship. Kum & Go and Krause+ continue to invest in water use reductions per square foot at their properties. Supported by soil loss reports and soil sampling, Teamwork Ranch works closely with tenant operators to implement on-farm conservation which improves long-term productivity of the land. Total water consumption and water intensity increased primarily due to normalized business operations in 2022.
Some businesses are currently excluded from this metric. Solar Transport does not pay for or control water usage at any sites. Des Moines Menace and Teamwork Ranch operate no facilities.
Total water consumed (million gal)
Water intensity (gal/site ft2)
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We believe the most responsible unit of waste is the one not generated. In 2022, we were able to further improve our waste reduction efforts and continue to divert waste from landfills. First, we seek to continuously reduce the number and types of material streams that end up in our dumpsters. Second, we seek to divert those materials to productive uses such as reuse, recycling, composting, etc.
Krause Group employs a full-time Waste Reduction Specialist who is a certified TRUE Zero Waste Advisor® and supports our commitment to responsible waste management and reduction. Our Italian businesses recycle all materials per national regulations. Kum & Go continues to execute cardboard only recycling at most of its locations to reduce contamination and ensure the most material is being recycled while supporting the needs of the recycling industry overall. We continue to educate customers and Associates to prevent cross contamination. Total waste diverted was 34.5% in 2022 which is up from 31.9% in 2021.
We will continue to report estimates supported by internal audits and EPA conversion factors to arrive at total weights and percentage (%) diversion from landfill companywide. Some businesses are currently excluded from this metric. Enrico Serafino lacks documentation from vendors, while Des Moines Menace and Teamwork Ranch operate no facilities.