For the last thirteen years, the CO2 Performance Ladder has been responsible for a significant reduction of companies’ and governments’ CO2 emissions in the Netherlands and Belgium. Due to increasing international interest (including a pilot project in Belgium), the Foundation for Climate Friendly Procurement and Business (SKAO), together with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), is investigating the feasibility of the CO2 Performance Ladder in several European countries. This project is supported by the IKEA Foundation.
The project, Accelerating carbon emissions reduction through the power of procurement, by dissemination of the CO2 Performance Ladder in Europe project (CO2PLEU), researches the possibilities to disseminate this best practice instrument, towards a Europe wide dissemination. In this way the CO2 Performance Ladder can boost green public procurement and CO2 reduction even further.
The project runs for 1.5 years, from August 2021 to January 2023.
The Power of Procurement
Green public procurement (which accounts for 15% of carbon emissions globally) is a driver of decarbonisation, innovation and commercialization of low-carbon infrastructure, goods and services.
The CO2 Performance Ladder uses the ‘Power of Procurement’ to drive change by stimulating structural CO2 reduction through the implementation of an effective CO2 management system.
It is an optional tool in the tendering process, whereby CO2 reduction is rewarded with an award advantage for the bidding companies. The higher the ambition level of the company, the higher the award advantage.
Over 200 public procuring agencies in the Netherlands and Belgium (e.g. ministries and municipalities) are currently using the CO2 Performance Ladder in their tendering processes. These tenders stimulated over 5000 organizations (75 % SMEs) to implement a carbon management system and to get certified on the CO2 Performance Ladder.
Advantages for procuring agencies
Advantages for companies
CO2 Logic leads the Belgian pilot and the collection of the lessons learned in Belgium.
This project is supported by the IKEA Foundation.
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