Unfortunately, we will not be able to meet the ambitious target of 2008 to achieve a 50% CO2 emissions reduction for Eneco Group in 2013 compared with 2007. The is mainly due to the fact that the development of electric vehicles is not progressing as quickly as we anticipated at that time, in particular in the area of company vehicles. However, we do expect to be able to realise a further CO2 emissions reduction to 44% in 2013. Although there are differences in the contribution of each of the business segments due to the nature of their activities, each of them will take further steps in 2013:
- In order to switch all the vehicles in our lease vehicle fleet to vehicles with CO2 emissions per kilometre of 120 grams or less, we have offered lease car drivers the possibility to select a new car under an accelerated exchange scheme. This scheme allows drivers of lease cars with CO2 emissions higher that 120 grams per kilometre to immediately select a new clean lease car. A sufficient number of lease car drivers have responded positively to this proposal, which means that the average CO2 emissions of our lease vehicle fleet will drop to 120 grams or less per kilometre during the course of 2013.
- In 2013, we will be using more green gas as a replacement for natural gas. It is expected that sufficient amounts of green gas will be available in 2013, to meet Eneco Group’s entire gas demand.
- In 2013, Joulz will start to use a new office at the Willemsplein in the centre of Rotterdam. This building is being renovated completely with a range of sustainable aspects, including a direct current network that will reduce the energy consumption. Joulz other office building in Heinenoord received an 'Excellent' rating according to the Breeam system. The aim is to obtain a 'Very Good' or higher rating for the office in Rotterdam.
We expect that the measures described above will contribute to achieving a reduction of CO2 emissions by the end of 2013 of around 44%. It is also expected that Stedin will improve the sustainability of its business operations to 57% less CO2 emissions per employee, Eneco to 53% and Joulz to 25% less CO2 emissions per employee.