By 2035, Royal HaskoningDHV will have reduced the energy consumption of its approximately 75 offices around the globe by two thirds compared with today, while the only energy used will be from renewable sources.
With this promise, the company is joining a growing group of organisations that are committed to the Dutch Green Building Council's Paris Proof initiative for a sustainable built environment.
Erik Oostwegel, CEO Royal HaskoningDHV, explains, ‘For me it’s obvious that Royal HaskoningDHV is keen to support and to be associated with the Paris Proof initiative. It is an extra stimulus and builds on our sustainable ambitions, which are based on our mission Enhancing Society Together and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.’
Oostwegel adds, ‘There is a need for concrete steps to help minimise climate damage. Our aim is to balance our energy consumption with what the earth can handle in terms of carbon dioxide. We are eager to take the lead and are committed to an extra acceleration by having our buildings Paris Proof by 2035. We will start in the Netherlands and then shift our focus to countries with a large office network, such as the United Kingdom and South Africa.’
Frits Smedts, Director of Services and Workplace Solutions at Royal HaskoningDHV says, ‘Among our 12 buildings in the Netherlands, the offices in Amsterdam and Groningen already comply with the Paris Proof ambitions. We aim to add the new office in Delft to that list in 2024, a building dating back to 1912 that we envisage to renovate to become Paris Proof.’
Paris Proof road map
For the Dutch Green Building Council (DGBC) and with the support of Redevco Foundation, the organisation has calculated the potential of renewable energy per 2050. This enables DGBC to determine the energy use ration in buildings.
Royal HaskoningDHV developed a dynamic Road Map for the Energy Transition in Buildings to facilitate organisations achieving their own Paris Proof goals based on this ration. Smedts continues, ‘With this roadmap we are able to determine what energy-saving measures we need to put in place to accomplish our own objectives by 2035.’
Oostwegel adds, ‘While taking steps towards becoming Paris Proof, we are also developing knowledge, which we will actively share to help other organisations take the necessary steps to reduce their own energy consumption. Together, we’ll be able to make the difference.’