WHAT IS CO2 (CARBON DIOXIDE)?
Carbon dioxide, or CO2, is a gas that is naturally present in our atmosphere. As a result of human activities the proportion of CO2 in the atmosphere has increased strongly in the past 150 years. To a large extent this is due to the burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas. CO2 is a greenhouse gas. More importantly: it is the major greenhouse gas. Because the volume of greenhouse gasses has increased so rapidly the earth’s climate is changing.
As an example:
- The average home/household (2.4 people) produces up 4.7 tons of CO2 per year (3 tons of gas and 1.7 tons of electricity)
- 50 mature trees are needed to absorb 1 ton of CO2 naturally
- 1 ton of CO2 can be used to fill 250 000 balloons
1 ton of CO2 can be expressed as…
- 500 CO2 fire extinguishers
- A balloon of 200 m3
- 125 m3 CocaCola
What is a CO2 footprint and why do we have it?
A CO2 footprint is an environmental unit of measure for companies. The CO2 footprint allows Teesing to examine and express how much CO2 it produces with its operations. The footprint easily demonstrates where CO2 output can be reduced.
Reducing CO2output results in savings.In the calculation scope 1 and scope 2 were included, that is the gas and electricity use of the building as well as business travel. Scope 3, travel to and from work was excluded. Teesing’s aim is to give increasingly more insight into the factors making up the three scopes.
The consumption of gas by the building and the emissions from company-owned vehicles are included in scope 1.
The use of electricity and business travel (air, road, public) are included in scope 2. Teesing calculates the emission of CO2 on the basis of the number of FTEs.
The footprint for 2017 indicates a considerable decrease in emissions from 6.41 tons of CO2 per FTE to 3.33 tons of CO2 per FTE. The cause for this sharp decrease is namely the switch to ‘green’ electricity. Green power originates for 99.96% from wind and for 0.04% from the sun (source: Eneco Stroometiket).
Gas consumption within Teesing is closely monitored on a yearly basis and compared with previous years and the average yearly gas consumption of similar companies. In 2017 environmentally reduced-impact measures were taken, such as:
- The replacement of outdated heating
- The insulation of the boiler room
Also included in scope 1 is the number of kilometers driven with company cars. When new company cars are acquired those with lower emissions, such as hybrid or electrical models, are chosen.
The consumption of electricity fell in comparison with 2016. Nonetheless it was decided that Teesing would take environmentally friendly measures and in the third quarter of 2017 all lighting was replaced by LED lighting. In 2017 Skype and video conferencing were used as much as possible to reduce the number of kilometers travelled for business.
Since the introduction of the corporate public transport card (NS Business OV-kaart) in 2015 increasingly more staff are using public transport for business purposes. Yet in 2017 more use was made of private cars for business travel (kilometers claimed). As a result the effects of the use of the public transport card are limited. Promoting the public transport card therefore remains a focus.
Company goals for 2018-2019:
Measures to reduce CO2:
- Regularly alerting staff to possibility of using the public transport card
- Continually stimulating the use of Skype and video conferencing
- Introducing and promoting ecodriving
- Stimulating turning off electronic equipment instead of leaving it on stand-by or sleep mode