Our business operations have been climate neutral since 2008. This means that we optimise the reduction of our CO2 emissions and compensate for areas where savings cannot yet be optimised. The ambitious target set in 2008, of a 50% reduction in CO2 emissions by Eneco Group in 2013 compared with 2007 was not achieved. The final result amounted to a reduction of 39%. We believe that the time has come to take the next step:
With the current available technology, we do not expect to achieve any further substantial improvements with regard to our CO2 emissions without negatively impacting our business operations. Major changes to our business operations have made the current result possible. Further progress will continue to be monitored and adjustments will be made where necessary.
Our position as a role model and the maxim ‘Practise what you preach’ formed the reason to enhance the sustainability of our internal operations. However, we make the biggest impact in our supply chains, for example by helping our customers to save energy, by generating energy together and by supplying sustainable energy. Our progress in this area is monitored via our One Planet Thinking initiative.
CO2 emissions reduction per employee
CO2 emissions per employee - Eneco Group
|| Result 2013 (compared with 2007)
||(tons of CO2 per employee)
||CO2 emissions/ employee
| 1 Rounded numbers, 2013 figures adjusted for degree days
CO2 emissions decrease
In 2013, the CO2 emissions of Eneco Group per employee were 39% lower than in 2007. Last year, we reported a reduction of 37%. There are large differences between the business segments Eneco, Joulz and Stedin. This is due to the nature of the work. This is demonstrated by the fact that more than 50% of Joulz’s CO2 footprint results from emissions from company vans, the sustainability of which cannot be improved easily.
Another item to which the results can be attributed is the use of 100% green gas, 100% electricity in the form of Eneco HollandseWind and further improvement of sustainability in the area of mobility in connection with the project Duurzaam op Weg (Sustainable Transport). However, these reductions are tempered by the growth of our company vehicle fleet due to the increase in the number of technicians in connection with the installation of the Toon thermostats throughout the country and the increase in Joulz’s activities outside the Stedin network area.
Eneco strives to improve its efficiency as much as possible and to reduce its CO2 emissions. For areas of our internal business operations that still generate CO2 emissions, we purchase REDD or Gold Standard CO2 certificates to compensate these emissions. Purchase takes place before publication of the annual report relating to the year in which the CO2 emissions occurred. All the CO2 certificates required for the years 2008 to 2013 have been delivered and paid in full by Eneco.
Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD)
REDD is an instrument for the financing of forest protection. Reasons for deforestation are the money that is made from cutting down trees and using the land for the cultivation of crops such as soy and oil palms. In contrast, not much money is earned by leaving the forests intact. Since deforestation is one of the main causes of climate change, investing in forest protection is important. Through these investments, it is possible to earn money by leaving the forests intact, which discourages deforestation. This is the essence of REDD. Eneco and WWF wish to stimulate this new instrument. To do this properly, Eneco and WWF have entered into agreements with respect to the use of REDD certificates.
Gold Standard projects have strict criteria: the investments must relate to sustainable energy projects in developing countries that could not be realised without the sale of CO2 certificates. Another condition is that the local population must benefit from the projects.
With the programme Sustainable Transport (Duurzaam op Weg), Eneco Group has made a lot of changes in the area of mobility, for which we have been rewarded with a nomination for the Mobility Award by lease car company ALD. Changes include improvement of the sustainability of the lease policy for the entire group with measures such as selecting cars with a maximum emissions standard of 120 grams of CO2 per kilometre and offering lease car drivers an alternative in the form of a public transport pass. Eneco rewards employees who travel to work by bicycle.
In collaboration with Alphabet Autolease, we made rigorous changes to our lease car fleet consisting of more than 700 cars by trading in polluting cars. As a result, the average CO2
emissions of all the 219 newly ordered cars is only 93 grams per kilometre. This is lower than the EU target for 2020 of 95 grams. In the past year, the average CO2
emissions of the total lease car fleet were reduced by 18% from 134 grams per kilometre to 111 grams per kilometre.
The fuel consumption of our car fleet has increased by 40% since 2007. This can be attributed to the growth of the number of cars and the greater distances travelled as a result of the relocation of our activities. The average standard emissions of our company-owned car fleet amount to 184 grams of CO2 per kilometre and the average standard emissions of our lease car fleet amount to 111 grams of CO2 per kilometre.
100 percent Eneco HollandseWind and green gas
We have been using heat from heat and cold storage facilities and green gas instead of natural gas for the heating of our business premises since 2010. Due to the higher availability of green gas, the share of green gas in our total energy consumption increased to 100% in 2013. Our green electricity product HollandseWind is used to cover our entire electricity need. By relocating to sustainable offices and implementing the ‘New World of Work’ concept, the amount of energy required for space heating decreased both in absolute terms and per square metre by 36% and 26% respectively, compared with 2007. Electricity consumption per square metre decreased by 5%. In absolute terms, energy consumption decreased by 26%, mainly as a result of a reduction of the number of square metres of offices and warehouses combined with a growing employee population.
CSR and CO2 performance ladders
The audit for the certification for the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and CO2 performance ladders took place in September. Joulz is the only company in the Netherlands to maintain its position on the highest rung (5) of both ladders. In order to reduce our CO2 emissions, we organised a contest that generated close to 150 ideas.