Putting our house in order

Putting our house in order

Reduction of emissions and energy

/ NO CUSTOMER IS GOING TO TAKE OUR ADVICE ON REDUCING EMISSIONS AND ENERGY CONSUMPTION UNLESS WE CAN DEMONSTRATE WE ARE TAKING STEPS TO ACHIEVE THOSE AIMS IN OUR OWN BUSINESS. FOR THAT REASON, CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENERGY IS ONE OF OUR MATERIALITY ASSESSMENT TOPICS.

It’s not only customers who expect us to set an example. Government initiatives and the 2015 Paris Agreement both require responsible businesses to do all they can to limit or reduce their emissions and consumption. And since energy has a cost, reducing our usage also has a direct financial benefit to our business.
Of course energy consumption and certain emissions are an inevitable condition of our operations. We therefore need to do all that is possible to reduce them either to zero or as close to zero as practically possible. Water and waste are not material topics, but we will nevertheless collect related data and take steps to reduce water consumption and waste production.

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CHAMPIONS OF THE CAUSE

All the people at ERIKS are responsible to a greater or lesser extent for our energy consumption and emissions. We all use our buildings: lights, heating and power for tools as IT. Many of us use cars as part of our job or to get to and from work. So we can all take responsibility for helping to achieve reductions, for example by taking the train or by cycling to work.
Our Sustainability Champions – supported by Facilities Management – are there to lead the way with initiatives and advice, as well as data collection and reporting to show the effectiveness of our efforts.
We have recently refreshed our Reporting Guidance document and Data Collection forms to make our results more accurate, having learned many lessons since we first began gathering data over 18 months ago. Ideally, 2015 would have been our baseline year. However, the fact we recorded only CO2 emissions and not CO2 equivalent emissions means the baseline became 2016, so there is insufficient data available to report quantifiably on progress.

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FIRST STEPS TO SUCCESS

Despite the lack of comprehensive data, it is clear from the number of initiatives which have been implemented, and from the leading indicators that progress is being made.
A prime example is in the Netherlands, where ERIKS has achieved total carbon neutrality, through a combination of reduced fuel consumption, reduced emissions, and the purchase of carbon offsets for any remaining emissions. We look forward to reporting on similar successes in the coming months and years, thanks to the efforts of us all.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals and our Material Topics

UN Sustainable Development Goal: Affordable and clean energyUN Sustainable Development Goal: Climate ActionMaterial Topic Icon Climate Change and Energy
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