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Strukton well on its way towards achieving long-term CO2 reduction target

16 July 2014

In 2013, Strukton Groep (the divisions covered by the group certificate are Strukton Civiel, Strukton Worksphere and Strukton Integrale Projecten) reduced its absolute CO2 emission levels by 2% in comparison with 2012 (from 40,621 tonnes in 2012 to 39,687 tonnes in 2013). The group’s CO2 emission levels in proportion to its operating income fell by 8% compared to 2012. In relation to the baseline year 2009, Strukton realised a 10.6% decrease in CO2 emissions.

Target for 2013

Strukton’s target for 2013 was a 2% reduction in CO2 emissions in proportion to the group’s operating income. The operating companies included in the group certificate achieved a combined reduction of 8%. This means that Strukton has amply achieved its target for 2013.

Long-term target

Strukton’s long-term target is a 15% reduction in CO2 emissions in proportion to the company’s operating income compared to 2009. The interim result for 2013 is 10.6%, thanks in part to the group’s rising operating income. Consequently, Strukton is well on its way to achieving its target. Nevertheless, its long-term target remains ambitious, due to the Netherlands’ challenging market conditions and the fact that all ‘low-hanging fruit’ has by now been picked. Further reductions in emission levels will need to be achieved to a large extent via measures taken within the group’s projects. That is why in 2013, Strukton researched possible measures in the areas of site heating, site lighting and on-site energy supply that can help conserve energy and reduce its carbon footprint.

Results thanks to new measures

Strukton owes the on-going decrease in its CO2 emission levels over the past year to the new measures it has taken in this area. For example, the company has paid more attention to energy-efficient driving (‘Het Nieuwe Rijden’), which further reduced fuel consumption within its leased fleet. Emissions generated by other forms of mobility have also been reduced. This reduction can primarily be attributed to the decreased use of private cars. In contrast, the group’s emission levels from air travel actually increased in the past year. This is mainly due to the Strukton Immersion Projects’ international activities.

In addition, Strukton managed to cut back its CO2 emissions in 2013 by increasing the share of Dutch wind power in its energy mix. The company expects to reduce its CO2 emission levels even further in 2014 through this measure. Strukton’s objective is to ultimately source 95% of its energy requirement from wind power. In 2013, this share stopped at the 71% mark. This is due to a number of long-term contracts that are still in place at business units acquired in 2012 and 2013. If the group total is adjusted for these contracts, 96% of the energy consumed by Strukton in 2013 actually came from wind power. The remaining 4% relates to electricity consumed in leased premises where Strukton does not actually arrange the power supply itself. Strukton believes that it would be preferable for the owners of these buildings to decide to switch to green energy. To this end, Strukton organised meetings with these owners in 2013 to discuss a possible switch to green energy.

In addition, Strukton reduced its total gas consumption last year, which can mainly be attributed to the fact that despite a chilly start, 2013 turned out to be a relatively warm year.

Challenge for the future

Nevertheless, the realisation of Strukton’s long-term target remains a challenging enterprise. Strukton will mainly focus its efforts on the energy-efficient operation of machinery (‘Het Nieuwe Draaien’), energy-efficient driving and the further fine-tuning of its lease policy.

Moreover, in 2013 Strukton studied various alternatives for energy supply at construction sites and which opportunities there are to reduce the carbon footprint of its site heating arrangements. The results of this research will be implemented from 2014 on within the company’s tender teams and projects. These measures are expected to further reduce Strukton’s liquid fuel and gas consumption totals.

In the longer term, Strukton’s switch to wind power will also allow it to further cut back on its emission levels. Furthermore, the company will be investing in more energy-efficient site lighting and the continuation of its CSR programme ‘Saving Energy at Home’.

The development of emissions generated by forms of mobility other than the company’s lease fleet is heavily dependent on future international activities undertaken by Strukton Immersion Projects. In view of the company’s ambitions, preserving the reduction that has presently been realised will remain a challenge.

CO2 emissions (in tonnes) for each EUR 1m of operating income

CO2 uitstoot 2014These are the figures realised by those Strukton companies covered by Strukton Groep’s certificate.

 

Strukton Rail

Strukton has been issued two Carbon Conscious (‘CO2 Bewust’) certificates: one for Strukton Groep and one for Strukton Rail.

About Strukton

Strukton supports clients in the rail systems, civil infrastructure and technique and buildings sectors by implementing a range of specialist methods and solutions. Besides serving clients in the Netherlands and Europe, Strukton offers an increasing number of specialist services on the global market. The company has some 7,000 employees and an annual revenue of EUR 1.6 billion. Strukton underlines corporate social responsibility and acts as an example to the sector in this area. Strukton’s CSR policy inspires employees and suppliers to consciously consider the interests of people, the environment and the company in their everyday work.