VP capital

VP Capital is a CO2-NEUTRAL® company.
This label can only be achieved through credible climate action. 

VP Capital is a sustainability and innovation driven Belgium/Netherlands Family Office which is committed to contribute to sustainable progress. As a family of investors, they have been pursuing a sustainability strategy since 2018 in which their entire portfolio is screened for sustainable progress. Each investment is given a sustainability score, which leads up to one total portfolio score. In doing so, VP Capital always looks at both reducing the negative impact or effects with their businesses, investments, donations, innovations and increasing the positive impact of their portfolio.

Since 2018, VP Capital and its participations have already been able to reduce a large percentage of emissions. Since 2019, VP Capital has become a CO2-Neutral Company covering their entire scope from their own operations (scope 1 and 2) to their participation in several of their direct investments (meaning the apportioned scope 1 & 2 of Havep, Q-lite and VP Energie. Since 2020 also for Batenburg Techniek and VP Landbouw). While some investments such as their participation in Mediahuis, in some mutual funds and the real estate portfolio remain currently out of scope for the offset strategy, VP Capital has committed to the Science Based targets initiative.

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Drylock Technologies

In May 2020, Drylock Technologies has been awarded the CO2-Neutral Factory Label for its efforts to reduce its CO2 emissions in three European production plants (Buccinasco, Hradek, Segovia).  

The factories focus on two important pillars. The first pillar is energy-efficiency. Drylock Technologies has recent production lines which enable the close monitoring and reduction of energy consumption. The second pillar is the switch to green energy. The production processes require a lot of electrical energy and, depending on the country, this can have a significant impact on the climate. It is therefore extremely important to switch to renewable energy and thus support the transition to a low-carbon economy. 

This has already been achieved for all three factories since January 2020. “Having sustainable and environmentally friendly products and manufacturing units is very important to us,” said Werner van Ingelgem, spokesman for the management of Drylock Technologies. “We want our customers to feel comfortable when using our products but also see this as a social obligation that benefits all parties. So we will keep on pushing the limits towards ever more sustainability.”

The impact of their energy for production in 2020 and onwards will hence no longer have a global negative impact on the climate thanks to the company’s efforts to reduce its footprint. In parallel, but also through their commitment to offset some (and progressively more) of the still unavoidable CO2 emissions in production (heating needs with fossil fuels) they have decided to take their responsibility for the remaining CO2 emissions & climate impact instead of transferring this to society & future generations. Through the support of the certified climate project Drylock Technologies supports the production of renewable energy in developing countries, which has a positive impact on the climate, but also takes into account the needs of the local population (improved air quality, gender equality, access to affordable and clean energy, etc.).

Furthermore,  Drylock has also committed to supporting a Brazilian Native Forest Conservation project to save it from deforestation. Going beyond CO2-neutral factories the company intends to cover the climate impact of some of its products.  Together with CO2logic, the company has calculated the CO2 intensity of its diapers and will hence also start to take its responsibility for the impact of a select number of products which will carry the CO2-Neutral Product Label.

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update July 2021

On Drylock technologies’ request, CO2logic has developed a tool to calculate the Product Carbon Footprint of hundreds of hygiene products (diapers, feminine hygiene products, …) throughout their entire life cycle (cradle-to-grave).

The aim of this tool was to assist Drylock Technologies in elaborating an overview of the climate impact of the products. This entails mapping all the life cycle stages of the products and contacting the suppliers to obtain primary data. The tool also allows to support Drylock Technologies in understanding where the current strengths and the improvement areas in terms of CO2 emissions are and to identify KPIs to follow the performance of the diaper over the years. Lastly, those analysis help to quantify the positive impact on the climate of recent decisions within the design/production process.

Built from the products bills of materials, this tool is flexible and therefore is constantly evolving, as new references are regularly added or previous ones adapted, in order to fit Drylock’s products continuous development and improvement. In just a few clicks, the PCF of a new product can be calculated, based on a real or a fictive bill of materials.

The results are very encouraging, due to the efforts of Drylock over the last years. As an illustration of these actions, the production sites are running on green electricity since 2019, and the group is always searching for new raw materials and new suppliers that would allow to reduce their products’ impact on climate change.

While Drylock continues its efforts to reduce its impact, the company has opted for carbon neutrality and now offsets the remaining greenhouse gases emissions of its production sites by supporting CO2logic’s climate project in India. Many of Drylock’s clients also opted for carbon neutrality at product level, by offsetting the remaining emissions occurring in the other life cycle stages.

Orange Belgium

Orange Belgium has CO2-NEUTRAL® infrastructure.
This label can only be achieved through credible climate action.

Orange Belgium has been measuring and reducing its carbon footprint together with independent climate consultancy firm CO2logic since 2009, long before the Paris Agreement.

In 2019, Orange Belgium emitted 7.318 tCO2e of greenhouse gasses. This corresponds to 3.064 return flights Brussels-New York, 723 times driving around the world with an average car, or 1.257 ha of new forest needed to capture the same emission in one year. 

Emissions are mainly due to mobility (73%) and the infrastructure (23%). Almost 60% of the emissions come from company cars. Note that we have take emissions from the infrastructure (electricity, heating, cooling) into account, emissions from company cars, home-work commuting, business travel, waste and paper consumption. This for all tertiary buildings, including the Headquarters,  owned shops and call centre, but also the entire network and data centre. 

The emissions are 37% lower than in the base year (2009). Compared to last year, the emissions stayed more or less the same. To be able to take economic fluctuations into account, it’s good to compare emissions to the amount of employees, and the turnover. Here we can see that the emissions per employee (FTE) are 28% lower than the base year, and slightly higher (1%) than last year. The emissions per million euro turnover however, are 28% lower than in the base year, and 4% lower than last year.

The emission reductions have been reached by a long series of reduction actions including a moving to more energy efficient buildings, serious efficiency increases in the network, more home-work commuting, a more efficient fleet, better sorting of waste, digitalisation, etc. 

Orange Belgium was already using green electricity back in 2009 (the base year). Therefore purchasing green electricity is not contributing to the emission reductions. It’s however interesting to note that by using 100% green electricity, Orange Belgium avoids 21.036 tCO2e, more or less the yearly carbon footprint of 1.000 Belgians. 

Because reducing your own emissions takes time, Orange Belgium has decided to already offset part of its emissions back in 2014. All emissions related to the operations (infrastructure), plus emissions from business travel, paper use and waste were offset. This way Orange Belgium obtained the Vincotte Validated CO2 Neutral Label for its operations.  Also for 2019 emissions have been offset by supporting additional and certified climate projects in Ghana (Gold Standard Certified) and Senegal (VCS certified). 

An amount of 1.343 tCO2e has been offset by supporting the Gyapa cookstove project in Ghana. By producing and distributing efficient cookstoves, less wood is needed for cooking, reducing deforestation. Moreover, the respiratory diseases caused by cooking on open fires cause 4 million deaths per year worldwide. Efficient cookstoves considerably reduce these health risks, especially for women and children. The cookstove project is therefore not just saving trees, but also saving lives and contributing to sustainable development in Africa. Thanks to the support of Orange, 838 cookstoves were produced and distributed, 3000 tonnes of wood was saved, and 31.500 trees saved (35 ha). 

1000 tCO2e have been offset by supporting the installation of photovoltaic panels in Senegal. Renewable energy emits no greenhouse gasses, and it also allows electrification in place where only 4% of villages have electricity. Moreover, the installation and maintenance of the PV panels generate local employment. 

Orange Belgium has already come a long way, but there is still a long way to go. Therefore Orange Belgium is now working on setting a new reduction target and developing a new and ambitious reduction plan to be able to keep on reducing its own emissions. In the meanwhile it will continue supporting climate project to accelerate global climate action and support sustainable development of developing countries. 

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National Lottery of Belgium

 

The Belgian National Lottery is a CO2-Neutral organisation

The Belgian National Lottery’s reason of existence is in the first place one of solidarity.

Our unique business model projects this in a very evident manner. A large number of people play a modest amount. By doing so they create a chance of winning for themselves and at the same time they create changes for many people in our society through the support of countless good causes by the National Lottery. We are an organization with CSR in our DNA.

It is therefore evident that caring for the environment is a responsibility we take up on, in order to further extend a healthy society. At the National Lottery we have taken several measures over the years to reduce our carbon footprint in a sustainable and long term manner. Since 2017 we use 100% green electricity, we severely adapted the car policy resulting in less vehicles and less polluting models, guidelines for business travel were tailored to minimize our ecological footprint.

To motivate all employees to do their part we linked the collective bonus to the results achieved in reducing CO2 emissions. Various initiatives were being taken to promote a greener mobility such as flexwork, autofree days, company bikes, etc.. These initiatives are very much appreciated by our employees and together with them we constantly examine and explore new ways and opportunities for working in a greener organization.

On top of all these measures and initiatives we compensate since 2018 (certified by CO2Logic) our remaining CO2 emissions. We do this by supporting certified climate projects in Ghana where efficient cookstoves are distributed to reduce the need for wood & charcoal. This is one of the impactful tools to support the urgent combat against deforestation of the rainforest in Ghana .  This project with many positive Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) contributions aligns very well with the good causes we support in Belgium which also have as a main goal to support a large number of people through projects that are simple, efficient and unifying.

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