In less than one-and-a-half generations, the Netherlands will be energy-neutral. My ambition is to help businesses achieve this.

How many generations do you think ahead? In 2050, everyone in the Netherlands will have to live and work almost totally energy-neutral, the Minister has determined. That's in less than one-and-a-half generations. What's your first response? 'That's some way off', or 'That's not long'?

If you ask me: it might seem quite a long way off, but in fact we don't have much time for this complete change in Dutch energy management. As an energy consultant, that's great motivation to help businesses achieve this.

Do you need any more arguments?
For businesses, there are two very pragmatic reasons why they should improve their sustainability. (Apart from wanting to save the planet, I mean.) The first is that making yourself more sustainable will earn you money - faster than you might think. And secondly, increasingly stringent legislation is planned which will result in a wave of sustainability throughout industry. Existing buildings will need a green energy label by 2023 and all new buildings must be nearly energy-neutral from 2020. How are going to do that?

Payback within five years
A good starting point for improving sustainability is: knowing where you are now. For rapid insight, Strukton Worksphere offers a quick scan. I (or a colleague) will then come along to analyse the current energy situation and all the savings opportunities.
I particularly look at measures that will provide a payback within five years. Usually a quick scan produces around ten to fifteen measures. This might be more energy-efficient lighting or better organisation of the building management system.

‘Did you know that the latter can often result in around 10% cost savings?’

From energy audit to sustainability plan
In bigger companies (from 250 FTEs), we take a few steps further. And that's necessary too, because the European Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) makes it compulsory for such businesses to do an energy audit. In this audit, we analyse the energy consumption and provide details of the possibilities to make savings. In several buildings, a plan can emerge to tackle the worst-performing buildings first. We've done similar energy audits for Delta Lloyd and De Bijenkorf, for example.

Businesses that are serious about improving their sustainability then draw up a sustainability plan with Strukton Worksphere, including agreements for measures in the future. An ideal tool as a basis for the strategic and sustainability policy.

‘Sustainability plan: an ideal tool as a basis for the strategic and sustainability policy’

Looking further ahead
In every company, there are thus opportunities to save money and improve the energy label in a few years' time. However, it's useful to look further into the future now. If the boiler needs replacing, it can be a good idea to invest now in a more sustainable solution, such as a heat pump or a thermal energy storage.

Do you need help looking ahead? If so, feel free to call on me or my colleagues. We can help you find your way in the world of energy savings, legal requirements and - not to forget - payback periods. You'll then know exactly how to get your business on course for the new legislation and an energy-neutral future. The time of wait-and-see is past!

Another tip:
With the software of Strukton PULSE, you can monitor and adjust the energy consumption throughout your building(s). Optimal maintenance is therefore also possible, so that installations have a longer life and operate more efficiently.

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Maurice Oost

A good starting point for improving sustainability is: knowing where you are now.

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