Van Boekel Bouw & Infra and Regionaal are certified for the highest level of the CO2 performance ladder, i.e. level 5. The CO2 performance ladder provides us with insight into our carbon emissions, showing us which areas we can target with measures to reduce emissions. On this page, Van Boekel Bouw & Infra and Regionaal communicate their carbon emissions, energy policy, reduction objectives, and carbon emission reduction measures and initiatives. The documents required for the CO2 performance ladder can be found below, organised into four categories.
In 2018, Van Boekel’s total carbon emissions amounted to 935.52 tonnes of carbon dioxide. This can be broken down into 805 tonnes of carbon for projects (fuel for machinery and vehicle fleet, public transport, flights and electricity) and 130 tonnes of carbon for offices and commercial buildings (gas and electricity).
Every six months, Van Boekel’s scope 1 and scope 2 carbon emissions are mapped, with scope 3 emissions being analysed on an annual basis. The pie chart on the right shows a breakdown of our carbon emissions.
In early 2018, we carried out a chain analysis on the Zwolle-Kampen project. This chain analysis targeted the product group “Construction – Semi-public”. The chain analysis showed that transport and concrete are the most promising areas for carbon reduction.
Once every three years, we formulate reduction objectives for scope 1, 2 and 3:
- Key objective scope 1: cut carbon emissions in 2022 by 2% compared to 2018. (reducing fleet fuel consumption by 4%)
- Key objective scope 2: cut carbon emissions in 2022 by 25% compared to 2018. (Reducing carbon emissions from office electricity consumption by 95% by switching to green energy)
- Key objective scope 3: cutting carbon emissions from third-party concrete in 2022 by 5% compared to 5% (following on from the Zwolle-Kampen chain analysis).
The above targets are related to total turnover.
We formulate measures to ensure that we achieve our reduction objectives, checking how effective they are every six months. Depending on the carbon emission breakdown, we decide whether to add new measures to achieve our annual objectives every 6 months. Important measures include:
- Dutch Green Electricity (certificate) for office in Zeeland.
- Rolling out a company vehicle policy We are currently our exploring our options with regard to purchasing more energy efficient company cars. At the moment, Van Boekel has 3 electric cars.
- Studies into alternative fuels, to be applied if possible.
- Adding carbon emissions as a procurement criterion when purchasing concrete. We are looking into alternatives for concrete with lower carbon emissions.
Our reduction targets and measures are explained in greater detail in our bi-annual carbon reduction plan.
At least twice a year, Van Boekel informs internal and external groups alike about the CO2 performance ladder and the status of the objectives through QHSE newsletters, events, meetings and reports. For the purpose of monitoring these communications, a communication plan has drawn up in which the various groups in question are defined and in which the resources to be used are described. The communication plan is part of the carbon management plan.
Award advantage projects:
The Bronkhorstweg reconstruction project in Velp has been taken on with a carbon award advantage.
Other documents required with regard to the mandatory internet publication on SKAO.nl can be found at www.skao.nl
We actively participate in initiatives at least twice a year and at most four times a year. We are also affiliated with Stimular’s “Bewust omgaan met energie” (Conscious energy use) initiative, as well as “Duurzaam Collectief” (Sustainable Collective).
“Bewust omgaan met energie”
This initiative is backed up by more than 10 companies and was established in the context of CO2 performance ladder certification. Gradually, the initiative started to gain more support and it has since proven to be a great source of knowledge to fuel continued innovation. The members meet twice a year to make an active contribution to knowledge-sharing about carbon emissions and listen to the many guest speakers invited to these meetings. The group is chaired by Stimular, which also provides its expertise and organises the guest speakers.
DuurzaamCollectief, Dutch for Sustainable Collective, is an alliance of companies looking to combine their efforts in the field of sustainability. This collective is made up of companies in the construction, infrastructure and industry sectors on the one hand and companies working on solutions based on more sustainable forms of energy use on the other hand. Most affiliated companies are dealing with the same problem: massive diesel consumption. During the meetings, the members share knowledge and listen to guest speakers to find out potential solutions or alternatives that can help them reduce their carbon emissions.