Suschainability® through sustainable procurement


Eneco stands for leadership and therefore takes the lead in assuming its supply chain responsibility (Suschainability®) for its customers and society, of which sustainable procurement is an important element. A good and sustainable relationship with our suppliers is very important to us.

Together with suppliers for sustainability

We enter into a dialogue with our strategic suppliers about how we can improve sustainability, safety and responsibility within our supply chain. With those strategic suppliers that do not yet meet our standards, we aim to reach agreement on an improvement programme to enable them to meet these standards in the foreseeable future.

Both the energy company Eneco and Joulz apply a sustainable purchasing policy. All suppliers must comply with either the Eneco Supplier Code of Conduct or the Joulz Supplier Code of Conduct. Suppliers from which we purchase for an amount of more than 10,000 euros a year, also need to complete the sustainability scan developed by Eneco, which must result in a sustainability level of 'Starter' or higher. For the purchase of indirect goods and services, we apply the sustainability criteria of NL Agency. The Supplier Code of Conduct is based on the ISO26000-directive.

50 % sustainable procurement

In 2012, 54.5% of the purchases of energy company Eneco were sustainable purchases. Our objective was 50 percent. In 2013, we will be reviewing the extent to which the policy should be harmonised and be made applicable for the entire Eneco Group.

Sustainable purchasing primary process case studies

Solar panels from China

Some product categories have a higher than average risk profile. One example is the purchase of solar panels. Our suppliers (Astronergy, CSUN and Yingli) have been carefully selected by Eneco and are seen as progressive organisations within the sector. Although Eneco is a relatively small customer for these vendors, we were able to negotiate warranties and supply conditions. All of our suppliers have now agreed to our conditions and score sufficiently high on our sustainability scan. The large distance makes it difficult to carry out regular checks to determine if the conditions are complied with. In our pursuit of a sustainable supply chain, we have guaranteed compliance by engaging the services of a local agency and by making use of the purchasing power of wholesale companies (IBC Solar and Energiebau).

Purchase of energy flows

Where relevant, Eneco develops Codes of Conduct for the purchase of energy flows. An example is the Code of Conduct for REDD + that we have developed this year in collaboration with IUCN and WWF. The Board of Management has adopted this code. This year, Eneco also adopted the renewed Sustainability Charter for biomass that it developed in close collaboration with WWF. The Charter is a statement in which we describe how we assess the sustainability of our biomass projects and trade deals.

Biomass involves sustainability risks, such as displacement effects (i.e., the use of agricultural land for biomass production) and social issues, in particular with respect to imported biomass. The Charter contains clear standards with which our biomass projects and trade deals must comply.

Examples own business operations

Together with Alphabet, Eneco is improving the sustainability of the personal lease car fleet. Employees who qualify for a lease car can now select cars with maximum standard emissions of 120 g CO2/km. In 2012, Eneco and Stedin relocated to sustainable offices. The catering in these offices is also as organic and healthy as possible.