Handbook 3.1: A more efficient standard and more impact on projects


Handbook 3.1: A more efficient standard and more impact on projects

On 22 June 2020, the Climate Friendly Procurement & Entrepreneurship (SKAO) Foundation published Handbook 3.1 of the CO2 Performance Ladder. The new Handbook has become a more efficient standard and gives more attention to projects in which clients and companies work together on CO2 reduction.

The CO2 Performance Ladder Handbook is continuously being developed. The basis of the further development are evaluations of Handbook elements, wishes of (international) organizations and the need for more impact on projects. In Handbook 3.1, a number of requirements are described and clarified more compactly, which improves readability. This should ensure more focus on CO2 reduction, more impact on projects and less administration.

In the new standard, more attention is required for projects where clients and contractors work together on CO2 reduction. Therefore, a project file is introduced to provide the basis for the dialogue between these parties. Organizing a project file provides specific insights about what happens to CO2 reduction on individual projects. With the data in a project file, the client and contractor can enter into a more concrete dialogue about CO2 reducing measures on projects.

Support essential in the creation of Manual 3.1.

Handbook 3.1 has been drawn up in collaboration with sector organizations, social organizations and governments. These parties ensure that the Ladder is continuously developed and that the Ladder is widely supported.

Maud Vastbinder (project manager for further development of the standard): 'Our main stakeholders have all contributed ideas and provided input for Handbook 3.1. No changes in Handbook 3.1 have been established without testing among the users of the CO2 Performance Ladder. That is why there is so much support for the changes in the new Handbook. I am extremely proud that companies, governments and civil society organizations have achieved this result together. "


Transitional arrangement from Manual version 3.0 to 3.1

In consultation with the Certifying Body, companies can obtain certification from 22 June 2020 on the basis of the CO2 Performance Ladder version 3.1. A transitional period of six months has been established. This means that organizations have until December 22, 2020 the choice to obtain a certificate based on H3.0 or H3.1.

For more information about changes to the Handbook, please see our presentation .

About SKAO and the CO2 Performance Ladder

SKAO is the independent owner and manager of the CO2 Performance Ladder and is responsible for the use and further development of the CO2 Performance Ladder. The CO2 Performance Ladder is a CO2 management system that helps organizations to structurally reduce CO2. Within business operations, in projects and in the chain. In addition, companies with a certificate on the CO2 Performance Ladder receive a discount on tenders. More than 3,500 organizations have now been certified for the CO2 Performance Ladder. The tool is used as a CO2 management system and as a procurement tool. The certification scheme the CO2 Performance Ladder has been accredited by the Dutch Accreditation Council (RvA) since 2012.

Handbook 3.1 was updated on June 22 and can be downloaded here (Dutch only, an English translation will be made this year) 
The list of changes can be found here (Dutch only).