Internal operations

50% CO2 REDUCTION IN 2020

Our own office operations also have an impact on the environment. CO2 emissions are primarily the results of the energy use of our seven offices, air travel and the emissions from company cars. Because we want to lead by example and inspire our tenants and client investors to invest in sustainability, we have implemented a number of measures to reduce the environmental impact of our own operations.

Compared to the 2009 baseline, we aim to reduce our CO2 emissions to 2,700 kgCO2 per employee by 2020. This represents a 50% reduction. Our performance in 2018 was 3,187 kgCO2 per employee. To achieve our 2020 target we are implementing measures such as evaluating our company car policy (specifically the emissions cap) every two years and continuously improving the environmental performance of our offices. In 2018, we lowered the emissions cap for company cars from 125 to 110 gCO2 per km. In 2019 we will review the guidelines again for the following years. The offices in Brussels and Düsseldorf relocated in the summer of 2018 to locations with significantly less square meters and where a number of measures were taken to decrease the environmental impact of our offices. We are therefore expecting to show a decrease in energy consumption next year.

Employees‘ sustainability initiatives

Our local teams are always motivated to come up with ideas to reduce their footprint and learn more about sustainability in its broadest sense.

Switzerland

In 2018 & 2019 the Swiss team participated in the swiss wide ‘Bike to Work’ initiative where people commit to come at least 50% of the working days by bike: healthy and CO2 saving.

Netherlands

The Amsterdam office participated in the national initiative ‘Week without meat’.

Germany

The German team changed to a sustainable coffee supplier and organised a workshop for the team.

Belgium & Germany

The offices in Brussels and Düsseldorf relocated in the summer of 2018 to locations with significantly less square meters and where a number of measures were taken to decrease the environmental impact of our offices.

France

In 2019 the France team opened a vegetable garden on the rooftop of their offices.

Targets