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Construction industry saves 3.2% CO₂

Construction industry saves 3.2% CO₂

Previously, the standard was “the more fuel you burn, the harder you work.
Nowadays, this attitude has changed into a sport to reduce as much as possible, according to the certified construction companies

Construction companies, which are certified for the CO₂-Performance policy, achieve 3.2% CO₂ reductions per year.

Remarkable, while the national trend is that CO₂ emissions are increasing. Thais was reported by a new Dutch research team.

More than 50 construction companies have been compared in the period 2010 – 2013. The research showed that the CO₂ footprint was reduced because of a strong CO₂-Performance Policy in the construction and civil engineering sector.

Awarding benefits

Half of the energy saving measurements taken by these construction companies, are a direct consequence of the awarding benefits of the Performance Policy that is managed by the Foundation for Climate Friendly Procurement and Business.

The companies have been surveyed on their CO₂ reduction in the period 2010 to 2013. After adjusting the figures for the recession, the researchers found a 3.2% per year. Remarkable beause the average energy saving rate in the Netherlands has been grown with 1.5% per year.

The CO₂-Performance Policy (since 2011), boosted the construction sector especially using renewable energy sources, efficient cars and low carbon machinery.

Construction management is involved

The study showed that all companies invested in a:

  • CO₂-emissions energy strategy
  • energy management monitoring system
    monitoring their emissions evolve on a continue base

Conscious employees

Another positive effect of the CO₂-Performance Policy was that it increased the awareness of employees considerably. On their energy consumption and their CO₂ emissions.

Previously, the standard was “the more fuel you burn, the harder you work.

Nowadays, this attitude has changed into a sport to reduce as much as possible, according to the certified construction companies

The CO₂-Performance Policy

Companies which are managing CO₂ reduction seriously are rewarded with a notional discount on the registration fee.

More than fifty clients use the CO₂-Performance Policy and there are over 700 companies certified.

Performance on CO2 Policy for contractors

The objectives of the CO2 Performance policy are

  1. to encourage companies to KNOW all about their amout of CO2 emissions – and the emissions of their suppliers
  2. companies should continuously search for new opportunities to reduce their emissions
  3. the Performance Polity encourages companies to implement effective measurement
  4. companies are encouraged to share the acquired knowledge with others
  5. and they are encouraged to seek opportinites to decrease their footprint, together with colleagues, research institutes, social organizations and governments

The CO₂-Performance Policy is administered by the Foundation for Climate Friendly Procurement and Business (SKAO)

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