The new Handbook gives more attention to projects where CO2 is reduced and has become a more efficient standard. This means that explanations of requirements have been clarified and that a project file is introduced. There is also more alignment with international standards.
Branch organisations and clients have discussed the contents of the new Handbook together in the Central Board of Experts (CCvD). The representatives regularly consulted with their supporters about any intended change.
A transitional arrangement of six months applies to Handbook 3.1. This means that from 22 December 2020 (six months after the publication date) all audits (initial, annual and reassessments) will be mandatory according to Handbook 3.1. Before that date, it is of course already permitted to conduct audits according to Handbook 3.1. Example: if you had an audit in accordance with the old standard in May 2020, you only have to switch to Handbook 3.1 with your next audit in May 2021.
That's right. A small proportion of certificate holders had their emission inventory checked by an independent verifying body (requirement 3.A.2) instead of their CB. This option expires with the new Handbook. For those organisations that already have a verification statement, a transitional period of 15 months applies, provided that this statement was issued before the end of the transitional period (22 December 2020) of the new Handbook.
The CO2 Performance Ladder is an instrument that helps companies reduce CO2. The instrument is used by clients and contractors for tenders. The principle of the Ladder is that efforts are rewarded with a concrete advantage in the tendering process in the form of a discount on the registration price.
The amount of procurement bodies that use the Ladder is growing steadily. Next to national clients including ProRail, Rijkswaterstaat and Alliander, various municipalities, water boards and provinces have used the tool as well. Presently, clients are aware of the large role they can fulfill in stimulating a clean economy. They notice that the Ladder stimulates CO2 and chain management with their contractors, where the tool provides for concrete sustainability ambitions. Here you can find a list of all clients who use the Ladder for tenders.
The University of Utrecht has conducted scientific research into the CO2 emissions of companies certified for the CO2 Performance Ladder. In the companies surveyed, the CO₂ reduction from 2010 to 2013 was 3.2 percent per year. This while the average energy saving rate in the Netherlands is 1.5 percent per year. Companies with a certificate therefore reduce twice as much CO2.
SKAO has published the audit day table for this. This document provides Certification Organisations (CIs) with a guideline for the minimum time that an audit requires from an organization. This expected time expenditure depends on a number of factors, including the size of the organization to be certified and the (desired) ladder level.
From 1 September 2019, the audit day table is mandatory (normative) for both initial and annual ladder assessments.
All accredited schemes have guidelines for setting the minimum audit duration. The audit day table must ensure that the Certifying Institution has sufficient time to perform a proper assessment and thereby guarantee the quality of the Ladder assessments.
CO2 footprint is synonymous with CO2 footprint or carbon footprint: a measure, expressed in tons of CO2 , for the emission of CO2 as a result of the use of fossil fuels in traffic, aviation, transport, production of electricity, heating, etc. which in any case includes all scope 1 and 2 emissions separately.
The SKAO has drawn up a list of all Ladder Certifying Organisations (CIs). Only these parties have been authorised by the SKAO to issue a CO2 awareness certificate. All CBs have been accredited by the Dutch Accreditation Council.
A Ladder Certifying Body (CB) is a conformity assessment body that has been authorized by Foundation for Climate Friendly Procurement and Business (SKAO) to perform a certification or audit (also called a ladder assessment) if this CB has been issued by the Council for Accreditation or by another accreditation organization with which the The Accreditation Council concluded a Multi Lateral Agreement MLA (EA / IAF) - is accredited for the activity "management system certification of the CO2 awareness system according to the CO2 Performance Ladder.
A Verifying institution is an agency that is allowed to verify an emission inventory. VIs are accredited in accordance with ISO 14065 and / or accredited by the RvA for the performance of emission verifications in the framework of the European emission trading system (EU-ETS). In addition, agencies may also verify emission inventories if they have been declared competent by the SKAO.
You do not need a consultant when implementing the CO2 Performance Ladder. The practical guide for companies explains what a company can do to obtain and maintain a certificate. However, a consultant can assist you and help you on your way.
Bio gas is gas that is produced from renewable sources. The term green gas is used to indicate that it is biogas that has been brought to natural gas quality. Just as for green electricity, there is a certification system for biogas and green gas. Read more.
The CO2 Performance Ladder is a CO2 management system. A management system is a coherent set of agreements and working methods and an organisational structure for systematic management and improvement of business processes to achieve the set goals. Other well-known management systems are, for example, ISO 9001 (quality management system), 14001 (environmental management system) and 50001 (energy management system). All management systems are aimed at continuous improvement and have a PCDA cycle (Plan Do Check Act). Management systems include components such as an internal audit and management review.
The CO2 Performance Ladder has been accepted by the Accreditation Council (RvA) as an accredited certification system in accordance with NEN-EN-ISO-IES 17021, certification of management systems. The RvA acceptance for this scheme is known as S571. The Accreditation Council accredits conformity-certifying bodies. The RvA guarantees expert, impartial and independent supervision of the assessment of the certifying bodies.
Conformity-certifying bodies that meet the standard (CO2 Performance Ladder) receive formal accreditation. This means that they may use the accreditation mark. Certificates and reports provided with this brand are accepted in almost all countries worldwide. All ladder CIs are accredited by the RvA.
The CO2 Performance Ladder is an initiative from the market. The Ladder is therefore not supported by subsidy or government involvement. The principle of the Ladder is that all companies and organisations involved jointly finance the Ladder and contribute proportionately to the costs of the Ladder. These are paid for: the site, the helpdesk, further development, support of initiatives, management certification scheme, the foundation etc.
Your organisation will only be published on the SKAO website once the CO2 aware Certificate has been obtained. If you have a certificate but you are not yet listed on the website, please notify SKAO via email@example.com.
The use of a certificate as a criterion of eligibility or selection criterion means that parties can not participate or participate without the requested (level of) certificate. This is discriminatory for, for example, foreign parties or small businesses. In tendering law, this is not permitted.
This principle applies to all tenders, European, National and private. For small assignments, such a suitability requirement is just as good discriminatory. In the case of private assignments, no further selection takes place anyway. * no rights can be derived from the above statement
There are more than 1000 organisations with a certificate for the CO2 Performance Ladder, and more than 150 contracting authorities use the CO2 Performance Ladder in tenders. These include parties from the national government, municipalities, water boards and provinces. For an overview of these contracting authorities, see the page commissioning parties.
The animation Procurement with the CO2 Performance Ladder explains in one minute how tendering with the CO2 Performance Ladder works. SKAO has written a guide for clients about the application of the CO2 Performance Ladder for tenders. The Guide focuses on contracting authorities (public clients) who want to pay attention to sustainable procurement and consider applying the BPKV Criterion CO2 Performance Ladder in tenders. The methodology described can also be used by other clients (special sector companies, private clients).
Companies that subscribe to a tender that includes the EMVI criterion CO2 Performance Ladder can meet this criterion in two different ways. In both cases, the company must demonstrate that it complies with the EMVI criterion within one year of awarding and subsequently annually, during the term of the project. 1. The company has a CO2 aware Certificate, or 2. The company shows specifically at project level that it meets the ambition level with which it has registered.
A commissioning body can determine the award advantage / level himself. Most commissioning bodies work with percentages / level but it is also possible to work with fixed amounts or with points.
A contract advantage is part of every CO2 performance ambition level. The amount of the award advantage and the way in which this is calculated must be described in the tender documents of the client, so that it is clear how this benefit relates to the valuation of other qualitative elements of the registration.
If a certified organisation carries out a project that has been awarded with the MEAT criterion CO2 Performance Ladder, this project will receive a 'special status' within the audit of the organisation. During the ladder assessment not only the objectives and measures at company level are considered, but also at project level. This is therefore audited annually by an independent Ladder Certifying Organisation (CI).