Already 37% less CO2 emissions per employee
Eneco's internal business operations are CO2 neutral since 2008. This means that we optimise the reductions where possible and compensate remaining CO2 emissions with CO2 certificates. Unfortunately, we will not be able to meet the ambitious target that we formulated in 2008 to achieve a 50% reduction for Eneco Group in 2013 compared with 2007. The result for 2012 was 37%. However, we do expect to be able to realise a further reduction to 44% in 2013.
Eneco strives to improve its efficiency as much as possible and to reduce its CO2 emissions. For areas of our internal business operations that still generate CO2 emissions, we purchase REDD or Gold Standard CO2 certificates to compensate these emissions. Purchase takes place before publication of the annual report relating to the year in which the CO2 emissions occurred. All the CO2 certificates required for the years 2008 to 2012 have been delivered and paid in full by Eneco.
CO2 emissions decrease
In 2012, the CO2 emissions of Eneco Group per employee were 37% lower than the emissions in 2007. Last year, we reported a reduction of 30%. Due to the nature of the activities, there are substantial differences between the business segments Eneco, Joulz and Stedin. Half of Joulz's footprint relates to emissions from company vehicles, the sustainability of which is not easy to improve. In addition, there was a restructuring at Joulz as a result of which the percentage of direct employees, such as technicians, increased compared with the percentage of indirect employees. The footprint of direct employees is bigger, due to the fact that they need to travel more in connection with their work. This has a negative impact on the CO2 emissions per employee. Nevertheless, Joulz was still able to improve its efficiency.
The results can also be attributed to the relocation of the three business segments Eneco, Stedin and Joulz to sustainable offices. These relocations not only reduced our CO2 emissions with respect to housing, but also improved the sustainability of commuter traffic and reduced traffic between different office locations due to the close proximity of the new offices to public transport nodes and a new mobility policy. The increased availability of green gas has enabled us to meet 38% of our total gas requirement in a sustainable manner. However, this reduction is tempered by the growth of our car fleet due to the increase in the number of field technicians.
CO2 emissions/ employee
- Rounded numbers
Environmental Management System
In 2012, the safety management system was revised to incorporate environmental management. Following the document assessment at the end of 2012, the framework procedures for ISO 14001 are now in place and operational control will be further specified in 2013. Certification will be possible at a later stage, depending on the relevance to the business.
In 2013, Joulz obtained a level 5 CO2 performance ladder certificate, which is the highest rung on the ladder. Joulz was also the first company in the Netherlands to obtain a level 5 performance ladder certificate in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility.