In our own operations, we seek to lead by example, mitigating the negative impact of travelling and related emissions due to our global scope through investing in IT infrastructure, virtual working and digital communication where possible.

Aiming to reduce our CO2 footprint

Across our offices, there have been moves to reduce travel while promoting cycling, car sharing and public transport. Efforts are being made to reduce and recycle paper and cut energy and water use even further. In Australia, a system of car-pooling has been introduced for site visits and events. We have implemented virtual facilities for international collaboration, like the I-Room in several offices in the Netherlands and Indonesia. Across several countries, video conferencing is encouraged over travelling to meetings. And we introduced MS Lync in most offices to collaborate easily on an individual level. These are small adjustments but collectively they contribute to reduce the footprint of our operations.

CO2 footprint as KPI for impact

Our CO2 footprint is the key indicator of the impact of our activities on the environment and climate change. The footprint covers the CO2 equivalent of greenhouse gas emissions directly caused by our operations and greenhouse gas emissions that relate to energy consumption in our offices and during business travel. Paper usage, waste, water and materials are also relevant, but on a much smaller scale. Therefore they are not included explicitly in our carbon footprint.

Our CO2 emission in numbers

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Image: CO2 footprint (tonnes per employee)

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Image: CO2 footprint in office buildings (tonnes per employee)

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Image: CO2 footprint for business travel by car (tonnes per employee)

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Image: CO2 footprint for business travel by air (tonnes per employee)