About SKAO

The Foundation for Climate Friendly Procurement and Business (in Dutch: SKAO) is responsible for all matters as regards to the ladder: its use, its continued development, managing the certification scheme, expanding on participating industries, etc.

SKAO encourages companies and governments with the CO2 Performance Ladder to reduce CO2 with the aim of realizing a climate-neutral business environment. We connect parties, share knowledge and are the heart of a large network.

The secretariat organizes meetings of the different parts of the foundation such as the board, the Central College of Experts (in Dutch: CCvD), working groups and the Technical Commission. It takes care of the communication (resources), the website and lectures and presentations. It facilitates research into the improvement and further development of the CO2 Performance Ladder.


Tijmen de Groot Policy and Development
 


Joleen Zuidema Content and events
 


Brian Heikamp Marketing and Relationships
 


Demi van Laaren Office manager
 


Annemiek Lauwerijssen Manager SKAO
 


Gijs Termeer Program manager
 


Maud Vastbinder Research and Innovation
 


George Thurley Policy officer CO2 Performance Ladder Europe
 

Board

The Board supervises the ladders independence, its qualitative development, its utilisation, and its organisation and promotion. The Board comprises a broad cross-section of representatives from commissioning parties, the private sector, the academic world and social organisations.

The following people are seated in the Board of the Foundation for Climate Friendly Procurement and Business:

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Central College of Experts

The Central College of Experts (in Dutch: CCVD) handles the Ladder's operational management. The CCVD carries the primary responsibility to keep the certification scheme up-to-date and it serves as a point of contact for the Certifying Organisations.

The Central College of Experts is comprised of both client and contractor representatives. The secretariat is controlled by the Foundation for Climate Friendly Procurement and Business.
The following people are seated in the Central College of Experts:

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Procurement Platform

The Procurement Platform (PA) consists of representatives of the major clients who put out tenders using the CO2 Performance Ladder and advises SKAO on procurement law issues. PA is responsible for the management and further development of the BPKV criterion and the Procurement Guide.

Technical Commission

The Technical Committee (TC) consists of lead auditors from all authorized and accredited certification bodies and advises the CCvD on the interpretation of the CO2 Performance Ladder and the procedure for certification. An important part of this is the discussion of harmonization topics, which, after adoption by the CCvD, are published as harmonization decisions (see the procedure for harmonization decisions).

Organization chart

The secretary of SKAO is provided by HIER foundation.

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The organizational chart of the Foundation for Climate Friendly Procurement and Business (SKAO).