October 24, 2016
| Zoetermeer (NL)
CO2-footprint ORTEC 2015 published
Since its foundation in 1981, ORTEC has not only maintained a strong commitment to its employees and customers, but also to the future of society and the world in which we live. In addition to optimizing the world of our customers, we also want to optimize ‘our’ world; from our own backyard, to the world at large.
In 2014, this led to a trajectory of additional reporting; besides financial reporting, also social and environmental KPIs were analyzed. The most important environmental KPI is comprised of ORTEC’s greenhouse gas emissions. As such, in 2015 the energy use figures of 2014 were gathered for the largest part of our operations (the Netherlands), the first CO2-footprint was made and greenhouse gas emission reduction goals were set. These were officially audited via the CO2 performance ladder.
Today, we have published our new CO2-footprint for 2015, as well as the progress we have made in reducing our greenhouse gas emissions as compared to 2014. As last year, this footprint covers the scope 1 and scope 2* emissions of ORTEC bv; including CO2 emissions due to energy use (gas, heat and electricity), the use of company cars and other employee business travel (by air or personal cars). Our total emissions for 2015 amount to 1590 ton CO2 or 3.16 ton CO2 per FTE.
* in the CO2 performance ladder, scope 2 emissions include ‘business travel emissions by air and by personal vehicles’, which –according to the GHG Protocol and ISO14064-1- are technically scope 3 emissions.
Compared to 2014, an absolute reduction of almost 15% was achieved; per FTE the reduction is even higher. The majority of these reductions come from changing our electricity source at the main office in Zoetermeer from fossil to renewable power plants. In addition, a part of our company fleet now consists of plug-in hybrid and even fully electric vehicles; especially when charged from a renewable source (as in Zoetermeer), this leads to significant CO2 emission reductions. Finally, the central climate control in Zoetermeer was further optimized, which, combined with a mild winter in the Netherlands, led to a significant decrease in gas use and thus scope 1 emissions.
Clearly, we are well on our way to reach our 2020 greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. If the next year shows the same progress (regardless of mild winters), we will increase our ambitions to reach even further emission reductions.
Furthermore, in the following years we want to expand our sustainability reporting to include all other ORTEC offices: starting in 2017 with ORTEC Germany. Of course, reducing our CO2 emissions are an important part of the sustainability KPIs that we report, but we also want to further highlight our efforts with regards to humanitarian aid, sports and education.