What is the ladder

The CO2 Performance Ladder is an instrument that helps organisations reduce their carbon emissions in the organisation, in projects and in the business sector. With a certificate on the Ladder, organisations can receive an award advantage for their registration on tenders. The instrument is used as both a CO2 management system as well as a procurement tool.

Organisations that obtain a certificate on the Ladder will experience this as an investment that is immediately returned in terms of low energy costs, material savings and innovations. The Ladder’s main objective is to stimulate organisations to gain insights in their CO2 emissions, and to continuously seek opportunities to cut back these emissions in the organisation and consequently within projects.

The CO2 Performance Ladder was originally developed by the Dutch railway concern ProRail in 2009. Since 2011 the system is owned and managed by the Foundation for Climate Friendly Procurement and Business (SKAO).

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The ladder systematics in short

The CO2 Performance Ladder is a CO2 management system that consists of 5 levels. Up till level 3, an organisation that obtains a certificate on the Ladder reduces its own carbon emissions within the organisation and all its projects. From level 4 and 5, the organisation also aims to reduce CO2 emissions from the business chain and sector. An organisation that is certified on a certain level (and all previous levels) adheres to the requirements of the CO2 Performance Ladder. These requirements are based on four angles, namely:

  1. Insight: To determine different streams of energy and the carbon footprint of the organisation.
  2. Reduction: To develop ambitious goals for the reduction of CO2 emissions.
  3. Transparency: To structurally communicate about organisation policies of CO2 reduction.
  4. Participation: To take part of business sector initiatives with regards to the reduction of carbon emissions. 

Each organisation certified on the ladder will be subject to annual audits performed by independent and accredited Certifying Institutions (CI). Through these audits, a certified organisation ensures the implementation of the CO2 Performance Ladder in its management and projects. Furthermore, the certified organisations will be evaluated annually for their ambitions and initiatives to reduce carbon emissions, and continuous improvement. The Ladder encourages certified organisations to remain ambitious in their efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

Award advantage in tenders

Certified organisations receive a fictitious discount on the registration costs of tenders. With a certificate on the Ladder, organisations are rewarded with a concrete award advantage during the tendering process. The higher the level an organisation has on the CO2 Performance Ladder, the higher the award advantage. The commissioning party decides the award advantage an organisation can receive on each level of the Ladder.

Want to have all the information in one short overview? Download our CO2 Performance Ladder Essentials Document here.