In November 2015, the board of the myclimate environmental scientists the GBMZ determined its building emissions. The greenhouse gases caused by the heating, hot water and the general electricity consumption are fully compensated.
Based on the analysis, the GBMZ has established a fixed compensation payment of five francs per apartment per month. This payment not only ensures compensation. By financing efficiency measures in the energy field within the GBMZ, half of the payment also contributes to effective local climate protection. For the compensation the GBMZ opted for myclimate projects on Madagascar and in Nicaragua. As a result, the GBMZ will be able to display the “myclimate neutral building operation” label in future.
“Cooperatives have anchored the concept of sustainability per se in their structure. For us and our cooperative members, the model represents a natural, pioneering step towards a sustainable future,” says Matthias Lüthi, CEO of the GBMZ, explaining the motivation that has led to the première of the climate cooperative. “We do not claim to be exclusive and would be delighted to have some ‘copycats’,” adds Lüthi.