Strong increase in self-generating energy and electrification companies

At companies working with the CO2 Performance Ladder, the energy transition is underway across the board. There is a sharp increase in energy production and the electrification of mobility and mobile equipment. Measures to get offices off the gas are also on the rise. That and more is clear from Reporting action list 2021 of the CO2 performance ladder (an initiative of the Foundation for Climate-Friendly Procurement and Entrepreneurship (SKAO)). But whether it happens fast enough remains to be seen.

Almost 1 in 5 organizations that have implemented the CO2 Performance Ladder are now working on self-generation on the company’s premises. In offices, it is now even 1 in 3. In almost all cases, these are solar panels. This growth has been rapid in recent years. Gijs Termeer, Director at SKAO: “We also see that a CO2 management system like the CO2 Performance Ladder works. It is time to promote this more widely in the Netherlands. That way, it really becomes part of their policy, and we save energy where it matters. So a construction company focuses mainly on emission-free equipment, about 80 to 90% of that CO2 footprint (the office is often about 5%). A manufacturing company mainly looks at its production process. The motivation is therefore not only to be able to tick off a government initiative, but to think together where we can make a difference.

Increase in electrification of mobility and mobile equipment

Electrification is an important reduction strategy for mobility, transportation and other construction activities. This is visibly starting to pick up speed in the measurement list. The number of organizations using at least one mobile tool will more than double by 2021. About 1 in 5 organizations that have mobile equipment now have at least one electric machine. Nearly a third of organizations now have at least 5% of their cars electric, an increase of 45%. With more than a tenth, this is already more than 15%.

The advent of gas-free offices, but Label C is lagging behind

A new initiative on the List of Measures in 2021 is the gas-free office. 140 organizations have already indicated that they are working on this. By law, all offices must have Energy Label C by 1 January 2023. The implementation of this measure is slowly increasing, but according to the action list, only 33% of organizations currently have an average energy label C or better for their buildings. This figure may have grown by 25% by 2021, but it also means that at least two thirds still do not meet the legal obligation from 1 January 2023. Terms: “Of course, it is also the question of whether the greatest profit can be made here. The office is simply not the place where a large number of organizations can achieve the greatest reduction. The focus should be on the primary process where most energy is used. We expect that the war in Ukraine will increase the urge for energy savings and electrification

About the List of Measures

The more than 1,200 certificate holders of the CO2 Performance Ladder (a total of more than 5,000 organizations) report annually on the measures taken and planned to reduce CO2. In total, there are now almost 30,000 initiatives. On average about 25 per. organization. The list of measures provides a basis on which organizations can compare themselves with other organizations with comparable business activities. For organizations starting with the CO2 Performance Ladder, the list can also provide ideas for possible initiatives.

About CO2 Performance Ladder

CO2 Performance Ladder is the sustainability instrument in the Netherlands that helps companies and governments reduce CO2 and costs. In business operations, in projects and in the chain. The ladder is used as a CO2 management system and as a tender tool. The CO2 Performance Ladder was originally developed in 2009 by ProRail and has since 2011 been owned and administered by the Foundation for Climate-Friendly Procurement and Entrepreneurship (SKAO).

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