Royal HaskoningDHV is among 40 companies calling on the Dutch government to draw up a Climate Act to help the Netherlands meet the objectives of the Paris climate agreement. The call was issued on the eve of the National Climate Summit 2016 via the Transition Coalition which is seeking an accelerated transition to new types of energy.
The Transition Coalition poses with State Secretary Sharon Dijksma at the National Climate Summit held in Rotterdam (photo by Shell)
The Transition Coalition, of which Royal HaskoningDHV is a member, embraces the treaty which emerged from the Paris Climate Change Conference. This stipulates that global warming must be held at well below 2°C compared with the pre-industrial era. Under the treaty, the Netherlands needs to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95% by 2050, requiring considerable ambition and a shared vision.
To achieve a reduction on this scale, the Transition Coalition is committed to accelerating the energy transition process. While acceleration will be more expensive, the coalition believes it will produce greater yields and will provide the Netherlands with an opportunity to be a leader in sustainability. It needs support from the government in providing room for the market to grow as well as an integrated policy on climate, energy and the economy, and active engagement from citizens and consumers.
The coalition has called on the government to draw up a Climate Act to establish a robust long-term policy framework to help the country meet its treaty obligations. In addition, the coalition asserts that a Minister for Economy, Climate and Energy would help to ensure the country capitalises on the opportunities afforded by the new economy. The Transition Coalition was initiated by Eneco, the Port of Rotterdam Authority, Shell Netherlands, Siemens Netherlands and Van Oord and now includes 40 Dutch companies.
Royal HaskoningDHV and sustainability
Royal HaskoningDHV has a long-standing commitment to sustainability though its brand promise to enhance society together. Since 2012, its objectives have included reducing its office- and travel-related CO2 emissions by an annual 4% per employee. In October 2016, it took an important step towards a 100% electric car fleet.
Royal HaskoningDHV is involved in many projects which contribute to the transition to different types of energy, e.g. wind energy, solar energy, geothermal energy and hydropower. In addition, the company is committed to the greening of the manufacturing industry, industrial processes, cities and buildings, wastewater treatment, the extraction of gas and raw materials from wastewater and sustainable mobility.