Two major guiding principles were selected when developing the CO2 Performance Ladder:
- A maximal focus on own initiative, practical results and innovation;
- A minimal taxation and obstruction of the company by rules and regulations.
Therefore, the ladder does not incorporate regulations for production methods or products, rather it creates room for creativity and the innovation of company processes and products. The ambition is that companies that go through certification with the ladder will experience this as an investment with immediate returns in terms of lower energy costs, material savings and innovation gain.
A short explanation of the ladder
The ladder seeks to (1) stimulate companies to know their own CO2 emissions and that of their suppliers and (2) continuously search for new options to reduce the emissions as a result of company processes and projects. The ladder subsequently stimulates companies to (3) perform those measures and (4) share that newfound knowledge in a transparent manner. Finally (5), companies can actively search for ways to collectively reduce the CO2 output even further along with colleagues, knowledge institutes, social organisations and governments.
The CO2 Performance Ladder promotes the ambition within companies to actively reduce CO2 levels using fictitious awards for a tender. The tool is used by contractors and commissioning parties during tenders. The ladder's basic principle is that it rewards company efforts. A higher score on the ladder is rewarded with a real advantage in the tendering procedure in the form of a discount on the registration fee. Any step on the ladder reached by a company translates into an award advantage. The higher the step or level on the certificate, the more advantages enjoyed by the company during the award decision. The commissioning party responsible for launching the tender decides the award advantage per level/step of the ladder.