PosadMaxwan makes case for CO2 reduction: review & preview
To reduce CO2 as an organisation, we have drawn up a manifesto with measures within the agency in four areas: gas consumption, electricity consumption, travel and finally other such as purchasing. On this manifesto, we base our choices for business operations, through which we aim to reduce our CO2 footprint by 25% by 2024 compared to 2019 (from 25 tonnes to 16.25 tonnes of emissions) and even to operate completely carbon neutral in the long run.
Some concrete examples of how we have reduced our CO2 emissions as an organisation by 2022:
- To reduce travel movements, we work partly from home and do meetings online as much as possible. Travelling to and from the office we largely do so by bike or public transport. If by car, we drive electric wherever possible. To international conferences, we travel by train whenever possible.
- For our office lighting, we have switched to LED.
- Our communal lunch is vegan/vegetarian and comes from local entrepreneurs whenever possible. The latter also applies to other purchases.
- We have switched to a circular type of paper, made from wood residues. But of course, before we print, we consider whether this is really necessary. And we make our sketches on used paper.
- We separate our waste and where possible it is recycled into raw materials. We also have our own PosadMaxwan Marketplace, where colleagues give each other's stuff a second life.
So far, this has paid of and in the first half year of 2022 our CO2 footprint was 16 ton.
Although we are making progress, there is still more we can do to reduce CO2 in our operations. That's why we are putting these additional measures in place in 2023:
- We will review our workflow and determine for each project phase how to reduce the number of files on our server. Because storing more files means more energy consumption and therefore more CO2 emissions.
- Colleagues completely abandon the car to travel to the office.
- The heating is turned off after every working day.
To take these next steps, as a team we engage in dialogue and look for alternatives, solutions and also inspiration from other organisations - because together we know more.
Do you have any good tips for reducing our CO2 footprint? We would love to hear them! Let Shirley Voermans, our CO2 coordinator, know via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download here more of our publications here; chain analyses, initiatives and material emissions.
For more information about the CO2 certificate and what we do as an office to reduce our CO2 emissions, contact our communications officer Chantal Defesche.