Climate Neutral SME's
The impact of climate change presents a significant challenge to the private sector, especially to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). In 2018, Redevco Foundation teamed up with Ecomatters, an organisation specialized in sustainability.
Ecomatters set up a pilot project with the aim of helping SMEs in becoming climate neutral by providing an implementation and action plan as tenants are integral to making retail buildings more sustainable. Supported by the Redevco Foundation, Ecomatters tested their approach with SME retailers from various sectors, such as: fashion, outdoor and food.
Using the results from this pilot, Ecomatters founded the Climate Neutral Foundation and has created three climate certificates for SMEs, including action plans for each certificate. The Redevco Foundation continues to support Ecomatters as it contributes directly to the ambition to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable, low carbon and circular built environment. The aim is to have at least 1000 retailers enrolled in the programme by the end of 2020. Ecomatters is, amongst others, working closely with trade associations, municipalities and the Dutch Green Building Council to achieve this goal.
Max Sonnen, Managing Director Ecomatters: “With the help of Redevco Foundation and Redevco we have managed to design, pilot and now scale the initiative to a large audience of retailers. Together we are paving the way for a systemic shift, in which the retail sector could become a front-runner in emission reduction”.
More info can be found on Climate Neutral Foundation.