The Dutch health insurance company VGZ is the first of its kind to be certified on the CO2 Performance Ladder. The organization has been certified for level 3 of the CO2 management system. Frank van der Leest, facility and location manager of VGZ, has received the certificate. In the past year, the health insurer managed to reduce 2 percent of its carbon emissions.
The Dutch meat processer Vleesbedrijf Bolscher has recently been certified on the CO2 Performance Ladder at level 3. The company is the first in its kind to obtain a certificate on the Ladder. Bolscher notices that consumers are becoming more aware of their eating habits and opt for meat products that are produced and processed in a sustainable manner. The meat products should also adhere to high standards of animal welfare. Bolscher also expects that meat consumption will decline. A certificate on the Ladder therefore serves as a motivation for the company to remain active in CO2 reduction and sustainable processing of meat.
The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water State has assigned consultancy firm SGS Search to conduct a research on the decrease of carbon emissions as a result of the ban on plastic bags in shops. Since January of 2016, the Dutch government banned the use of plastic bags in shops. The research results state that the ban on plastic shopping bags in the Netherlands has led to a reduction of 26 kilotons of carbon emissions. As a consultancy firm, SGS Search actively works at reducing their own CO2 with the help of the CO2 Performance Ladder.
The Dutch construction company Rutte Groep and the circular networking organization New Horizon Urban Mining have launched the world’s first installation that distills and reclaims cement from old concrete materials.
The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (I&W) acquires level four of the CO2 Performance Ladder. On Tuesday the 29th of May, state secretary Stientje van Veldhoven received the certificate. Read the article below for the (photo) impression of the certification ceremony.
State secretary Stientje van Veldhoven, of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, calls upon other governments to actively reduce carbon emissions.
The Hague, 29th of May, 2018 – The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (I&W) has been certified on the CO2 Performance Ladder at level 4. On Tuesday the 29th of May 2018, state secretary Stientje van Veldhoven received the certificate. In the past eight years, the energy consumption of I&W has dropped by one third of the total energy consumption.
The Dutch water authority Scheldestromen, located in the Province of Zeeland, has recently implemented that CO2 Performance Ladder as a procurement instrument. The manner in which the organization includes both internal as well as external stakeholders in its efforts towards sustainability, is innovative and effective. In this article, Scheldestromen shares its ambitions and motivations to make use of the procurement instrument to realize sustainable infrastructure.
DKG Holding, the organization behind the successful Dutch kitchen brands Bruynzeel Kitchens and Keller Kitchens, recently obtained a certificate on the CO2 Performance Ladder at level 3. With this accomplishment, the company is the first in its branch that makes use of the management system to improve its efforts of reducing carbon emissions. The kitchen manufacturer aims to be a frontrunner in sustainability.
After seven years of being in the board of the Foundation for Climate Friendly Procurement and Business (SKAO), chairman Patrick Buck is retiring. The former director of projects at Dutch railway concern ProRail was involved at the very start of the CO2 Performance Ladder and recalls how it all began. Now that society and businesses realize the importance of sustainability and carbon emissions reduction, the former director sees a great future ahead for the Ladder as the ultimate CO2 management system of the Netherlands.
The Foundation for Climate Friendly Procurement and Business (SKAO), in collaboration with Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), is carrying out the project ‘On the road to climate neutral infrastructure in the Netherlands’. The ongoing project started in the spring of 2017. A great part of this project is a research on the possibilities of a climate neutral infrastructure sector. The study is completed and the research report recently published.
The average CO2 emissions of European passenger cars has increased by 0,4 percent in 2017 compared to the year before. This was reported by the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA).
Due to economic growth and a rising population, the demand for construction and infrastructure equally rises. These construction works require raw materials, such as sand and gravel, that are becoming more scarce on land. For this reason, more and more of the required raw materials are being sourced from the bottom of the sea. At the same time, offshore wind farms are being built at rapid speed to meet the demands for renewable power. This makes it more challenging to dig up the raw building materials from the sea, because the sea surfaces become crowded. DC Dreding, the Belgian dredging and sand extraction company, has the ambition to turn these dilemma’s into opportunities.