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Decarbonisation & Business Strategies

The decarbonisation of the economy has started to be driven by investors recently. And in doing so they are looking at both sides of their investment targets’ business plans: First they want to reduce their risk of being invested in businesses which are outdated from a market perspective, which are working against the worldwide political mainstream and against the demands that are created by society. Second they want to be engaged in those businesses which show upside potential by employing new technologies, by serving societal needs and by providing services which are requested by future-oriented markets. Unquestionably there are numerous other important drivers influencing business models, such as digitalisation, robotics, and demographic change. What we can learn in these times is: if you fail to adapt your business to market needs in time, you won’t be part of the game any longer. This is where sustainability hot spots come in. They show very early on the development of society’s needs and exhibit a perfect trigger for the invention of new business strategies. Decarbonisation is one of these crucial game changers. In short: get active otherwise you might not stay around for long.

Your benefits

  • Being attractive for investors
  • Possessing a business model which is fit for the future
  • Outcompeting your peers by being faster in serving new market needs
  • Managing your role as a responsible part of society
  • Reduction of the equity requirement through sustainable subsidy management



Our Services

Conquer new markets with sustainable services – this is the headline. Numerous books have been published recently about how to find new business approaches. We try to make this a new reality with our clients: new customers, new crucial values, new available technologies, and new cost structures. We scrutinize different dimensions for opportunities and look for new business models.
Practically all businesses are facing severe changes in their business models. Be it the client structure, be it the ways to communicate, the requirements of their stakeholders – major changes are lying ahead. One of the main and crucial drivers recently has been decarbonisation. We develop ways to leverage business opportunities with decarbonisation strategies.
This process aims to systematically identify the potential positive and negative environmental and social impacts of infrastructure projects such as oil field developments, pipelines or power stations. Environmental and social impact assessments can help pinpoint the best available technology in environmental and social terms, as well as actions to rule out or minimise negative impacts.
Finding out whether your property or neighbouring land is contaminated can have much wider implications than merely environmental matters. Our due diligence procedures give an insight into past and present activities at a company’s site, and the impact of nearby land, as well as documenting the environmental status – and in turn increase the value of the site.
What is feasible? Where do the boundaries of a project lie? Which opportunities and risks need to be considered? We assess the feasibility of your projects in terms of economic efficiency, resources and availability, technologies and timeframes. Besides feasibility studies, we also carry out pre-feasibility studies that compare a range of technical options.
Heating and cooling buildings is the largest energy-consuming task. Why not switch to a potentially clean energy source: electricity and environmental / geothermal heat – in many cases CAPEX neutral? We provide you with the technical concept and a reliable solution.
The transition to a low-carbon economy is a fact, signaled not only by the 195 signatories of the Paris Agreement of 2015, but also by an increasing number of businesses globally. How can we ensure that this transition meets the recommendations of climate scientists for avoiding the most dangerous impacts of climate change whilst also ensuring sustainable business growth? The Science Based Targets initiative aims to assure this by aligning corporate greenhouse gas reduction goals with best-available scientific recommendations for limiting global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius. Via Science Based Targets, companies are positioning themselves as leaders in the transition to a low-carbon economy. Science Based Targets is an initiative of CDP, the UN Global Compact, WWF and the World Resources Institute, in collaboration with the We Mean Business coalition. It has so far been adopted by over 300 of the world’s largest businesses in practically all major industries.

Especially looking at high energy- and process-related CO2 emissions, your company faces a challenge in decarbonisation. We also support you financially with sustainable subsidy management on the path to greenhouse gas neutrality. By means of customized subsidy analyses of planned investments, we reduce your costs and business risks. Through our many years of experience, we identify sustainable funding opportunities for our international clients and provide support in the submission and processing of funding projects.

The CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project) is an investor-initiated non-governmental organisation based in London and collects climate and environmentally relevant data and information from companies once a year using standardized questionnaires. As an accredited CDP silver partner we are bringing our highly valued expertise to the thousands of companies using CDP to disclose their environmental data, and help them to implement leading actions to manage risks and reduce their impacts. We are happy to support your company in dealing with the CDP programmes Climate Change, Water, Forest and Supply Chain. 

By adapting agricultural practices, greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced, and CO2 can be sequestered from the atmosphere into soil and biomass in the long term. At the same time, this naturally improves soil health, soil fertility and yield stability, so food supply chains become more resilient to the negative impacts of climate change. This makes insetting a compelling measure from a business perspective as well. We support farms and companies in finding a balance together.

For more information about denkstatt’s decarbonisation approach have a look at our folder Pathway to Climate Neutrality.


Our Stories

  • Carbon capturing In the joint research project “Carbon2ProductAustria” (C2PAT), the companies Lafarge, OMV, VERBUND and Borealis are planning a carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) plant, which uses the CO2 from cement production as a raw material for renewable plastics. denkstatt was supporting the project consortium in the drafting of the Technical Feasibility Study for the application of EU Innovation Fund support.
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  • A1 Telekom CO2 free Network denkstatt has supported the Company in achieving this by completing the overall survey of greenhouse gas emissions; the derivation and assessment of emissions reduction measures; the reporting based on the British standard PAS 2060; and the reporting of, and participation in, the international Emissions Reduction Initiative Carbon Disclosure Project and Science Based Target Initiative.
  • EBRD reconstruction of the Kairakkum hydropower plant (Tajikistan) denkstatt worked for over ten successful years as the International Environmental and Social Expert for various infrastructural projects headed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in Eastern Europe, the former USSR, and Central Asia.
  • Feasibility study carried out for the composting site of Timisoara Municipality
  • Technical energy efficiency study for a pastry industry site in the western part of Romania as part of an evaluation during the acquisition phase
  • Technical energy efficiency study carried out for a fashion store chain in Romania as a result of new energy regulations



Margit Kapfer (Austria)

Iva Tahy (Slovakia)

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