The Dutch province of Gelderland has been certified on level 3 of the CO2 Performance Ladder. It is the 900th organisation certified on the Ladder. Deputy Jan Markink of the province has accepted the certificate on Wednesday the 13th of February. With the implementation CO2 Performance Ladder, the province has made further developments towards becoming a climate neutral organisation.
The Dutch province of Gelderland aims to be climate neutral in 2030. By applying insulation materials on its buildings, removing gas installations for heating to make use of heating pumps instead and installing solar panels to generate green electricity, the province strives towards more reduction of carbon emissions through its buildings. The organisation will also stimulate behavioral change on the work space. In order to achieve the climate goals, both small and large steps are essential. The province aims to motivate its employees and hand them tools to achieve the greatest amount of CO2 reduction. To do this, the organisation will develop sustainable waste management and stimulate the use of electric vehicles for its employees to travel.
Earlier this year, various government organisations have committed towards obtaining a certificate on the CO2 Performance Ladder by signing the energy agreement of Gelderland (GEA). The Foundation for Climate Friendly Procurement and Business (SKAO) calls upon other governments to follow the example of Gelderland and obtain a certificate on the CO2 Performance Ladder as well.
Dimitri Kruik, chairman of SKAO: “It is amazing to see that the province of Gelderland has obtained a certificate for the CO2 Performance Ladder. With this, the province becomes a credible and exemplary partner in the transition towards sustainable energy.”
The CO2 Performance Ladder is an instrument that helps organisations to structurally reduce its carbon emissions within the company, its projects and in its business chain. Organisations that obtained a certificate on the Ladder will also receive an award advantage during tenders. The instrument is used as both a CO2 management system as well as a sustainable procurement instrument.