One CO2 Aware certificate for all of Strukton
At the beginning of June, Strukton received the new CO2 Aware certificate from the certification agency DNV GL.
As in previous years, Strukton is certified at the highest level: 5. What is new is that the various Strukton companies (Strukton Civiel, Strukton Worksphere, Strukton Integrale Projecten and Strukton Rail) fall under one certificate for their activities in the Netherlands. Previously, Strukton Rail had a separate certificate. In the past year, Strukton has achieved a reduction in its CO2 emissions. In 2015, CO2 emissions throughout Strukton were still 48,340 tons, while in 2016 these had fallen to 47,393 tons. That means a reduction by around 1,000 tons.
Strukton's long term objective is to achieve a 15% reduction in CO2 emissions for the whole range of energy management on 1 January 2020 compared with 2009, relating to operating income. Strukton translates this to the ambition of reducing the CO2 emissions annually by 2%.
The reduction in 2016 was 3%. Miscellaneous measures led to this. For example, Strukton has only been purchasing green energy since 2015. In one of the asphalt centres, Strukton has replaced a drum, which has resulted in better energy efficiency. In 2017, Strukton will take more measures in the asphalt centres, including the construction of a biomass installation. Furthermore, the use of rolling stock has declined: this is partly due to the current phase of several large projects (less ground work) and partly because of the activities that Strukton is undertaking with respect to the New Operations. At the beginning of this year, for example, several operators underwent training.
A challenge is that employees now drive more kilometres on average as a result of a changing business strategy. This leads to higher CO2 emissions related to mobility. In 2017, we will explore what other measures can be taken to compensate this.