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How to select high-standard carbon offsetting projects (project typologies, criteria & communication)
Carbon offsetting is an important complementary aspect to a company’s emission reduction strategy. But there’s so much to choose from… How can you pick offset projects of the highest standard?
You have this big pool of sustainability data. Now- what do you do with it? In this article we go through the key steps from data to strategy- together with our implementation partner Nexio Projects.
Why is biodiversity important for my business? And how can I get an understanding of it? Our Chief Value Officer Roel Drost answers the 5 foundational questions.
We conducted an interview with EU’s Head of Corporate Reporting Alain Decker- on the new Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD). Find the full video and the main insights from the interview below. What kind of sustainability data will companies need to report? How can they prepare? What are Alain’s tips?
With increasingly impactful European sustainability regulation (CSRD). More than 50.000 large companies have to start measuring and reporting the environmental footprint of their entire value chain. This means you will need primary environmental data from your suppliers – to complete your own. Where do you start?
You have your environmental footprint results. Implemented your improvements. But you need to get sales & marketing on board to reach your customers. Find out how to create a sustainable customer offering and train your commercial team in sustainability.
How to comply with the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) – Ultimate Frequently Asked Questions
*This article is updated with the latest CSRD developments from the European Commission in February* From 2025 onwards, more than 50.000 companies in the EU will have to comply with the reporting requirements of the new CSRD. What sustainability information do you need? How can you comply? What are the first steps to take? We gathered the market’s most frequently asked questions about the CSRD. And answered them.
Solar panels, vegan canteens, sustainable soap. Companies claim to be sustainable- just because they perceive certain actions as sustainable. But what if your sustainability efforts are complicating- or even making your operations less sustainable? Let’s dive into the danger of taking sustainable actions, without knowing where you stand in the first place.
Environmental data and sustainable improvements are inseparable. However, often environmental data is siloed, scattered, or lacks a proper structure. How can Business Intelligence (BI) help businesses overcome these challenges? And how does that look like in practise?
‘The rest of my company won’t understand sustainability- it’s too difficult’. One of the biggest bottlenecks to successful sustainable change, is when top-management have the feeling they can’t engage the rest of their company. How can you make sure you boost sustainable awareness in your entire company?
Carbon footprints, carbon offsetting, climate strategy, carbon/climate neutrality or net-zero. When companies talk about their sustainability strategy, they mostly focus on ‘carbon’ or ‘climate’ terminology. However, environmental footprints are more comprehensive than just carbon or climate. Is it dangerous to only focus on carbon emissions?
6 things businesses need to know about the new EU Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD)
On April 21st, 2021 the European Commission published a proposal for a Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), that will replace the existing directive on non-financial reporting. Completely supporting the EU’s Green Deal targets, the CSRD will require businesses to disclose more sustainability-related information than ever before. What implications does this have for businesses?
IPCC’s message is clear: Ambitious immediate climate action is needed – What can business leaders do?
The IPCC Report was clear: We will likely exceed 1.5 °C of global warming. levels. Immediate, rapid and large-scale reductions in greenhouse gas emissions is a necessity to limit these changes. What can business leaders do?
You’ve measured your environmental footprint. So..what now? How can you make sure your emission reduction strategy becomes a succes? By following these 5 steps.
It’s the phase you least think about when measuring the sustainability of your product: The use phase. Why care about how your consumers use your products? Yet, the use phase often hides a large pile of environmental impact. How do you calculate this impact? What should you consider when measuring it?
We recently covered the case study on our customer Philips and how they measure their environmental footprint through the use of an Environmental Profit & Loss account (EP&L). An EP&L account sounds very impressive. But what does it really entail? And what do company’s use it for?
In the past there was always a fear that becoming more sustainable meant- making less money. However, nothing could be more untrue- as BlackRock’s research show. The key to success? The UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Biobased’ refers to materials that are made from renewable resources and consist at least partially of biological materials. Sounds very environmentally friendly. But is it really always more sustainable than a non-biobased product? Let’s find out.
Expansion of sustainable forestry often pops up as a solution to rapidly reducing and offsetting carbon emissions. But, what effect can reforestation really have on tackling climate change? Do different types of forests have different kinds of offsetting potential?
BMW already has a deep insight into the environmental impact of their products. But in order to reduce emissions to a relevant level group-wide, BMW had to look deeper.
For maximum insight into environmental performance, organizations often perform Life Cycle Assessments on both a product as well as organizational level. But, comparing these two LCA levels seems harder than it looks. They use different approaches that combined hold crucial information- yet are hard to make sense of. The solution? Activity-Based Footprinting.
Patagonia, the flagship of the sustainable apparel movement, will no longer add company logos to their clothes. The decision sparked approval and discussions. But was it a good one?
It’s a familiar thought within the path to sustainable improvements: ‘I want to make my business more sustainable- but how on earth can I make sure my supply chain is on board too?’ In this article we’ll take you through the 5 steps on how to effectively engage your suppliers in your sustainability strategy.
There are many paths companies can take to reach carbon neutrality. One of them is carbon offsetting. Balancing out your own carbon footprint by investing in emission reduction projects aiming to capture or avoid carbon emissions. But are all these projects equally effective? What are the do’s and dont’s if I want to invest in carbon offsetting?
According to the 2015 Paris Agreement we have to halve our carbon emissions by 2030. So- where do you start? When measuring your carbon footprint, you categorize your emissions into three scopes: scope 1, 2, and 3. We previously discussed scope 1 emissions in our first blog about measuring your carbon footprint. Today it’s time for scope 2 emissions. What are they and how can I report them?
According to the 2015 Paris Agreement we have to halve our carbon emissions by 2030. But, where do you start? You start with categorizing your emissions into scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions. In this first (out of three) article on these scopes, we will dive into scope 1 emissions specifically.
On the 11th of December 2019, the European Commission presented their European Green Deal. A roadmap that will make the EU’s economy more sustainable by turning climate and environmental challenges into opportunities across all policy areas and transforming our economic model in the next decade. All very promising sounds. But what does this mean for my organization? Is the Green Deal really a big deal?
A low-carbon economy, that sure sounds great. But how can you help achieve such an ambitious goal as an organization? Reducing your carbon emissions isn’t an easy job- so how can you tell that you’re on track and actually doing something that is helping our climate recover in the long run? You listen to science.
The EN15804 is one of the most important sustainability standards for creating EPD’s in the construction sector in the European Union. But it’s changed- and there’s a revised version now; the EN15804 + A2. Especially in the Netherlands we see an increase in demand for reporting on this revised norm. This results in mandatory changes in conducting EPD’s. How can you be best prepared?
At the beginning of the year, our webinar on how to move your company towards carbon neutrality took place. Here we discussed how to effectively measure your scope 1, 2 & 3 emissions. We don’t want you to miss out. So, in this blog we will quickly share with you the 5 highlights and recording of this important webinar.
Throughout 2020 it increasingly became more apparent what impact we as humans have on our planet earth- COVID-19 being one of the results of our actions. But what can we really do to ensure the prosperity of our future generations?
The agave plant is the foundation for Mexico’s most famous spirits; Tequila & Mezcal. But what do these two spirits have to do with Batman you say? Everything!
It’s the most wonderful time of year- filled with presents, family, the smell of lovely food and decorating Christmas trees with all the (maybe a little too) different kinds of christmas baubles you found in your attic. But there is debate going on that seems to pop up again and again during Christmas over the last fews year. What’s better for the environment, putting a real or fake Christmas tree in the middle of my living room?
The GHG protocol applies to measuring greenhouse gasses in both the public and private sector and provides standards that create a common ground for many sustainability certifications and reporting systems. In this article we summed up all ins and outs on effective GHG reporting.
Two Drifters Distillery created a 100% electric and 100% renewable distillation process. All completely carbon negative. The trick to their success? Actually viewing carbon emissions as the waste product it is.
Water. The most crucial substance for the survival of humankind. Yet, often we tend to forget just how important water is for us, and how much we take it for granted. This is a problem. Because we do not only consume water for our daily drinking, cooking, or showering. There is hidden water usage in (almost) every product we use. And today we’re going to talk about that.
A new term has risen in the field of LCA’s; the Product Environmental Footprint. A new methodology and standard, initiated by the EU, that will steer organizations to perform more reliable environmental measurements and creates a level playing field for everyone. And here’s how it all works.
You hear a lot of stories about the rescuing of dogs or other cute animals like dolphins and turtles, however, have you ever heard of a company that rescues fruit? Well, vodka producer ‘Good Vodka’ thought that was an excellent idea- and they didn’t stop there.
There is one thing that every company can do to become more sustainable, and it doesn’t cost a thing.
How a Mexican spirit- consisting of 22 different types of sustainable Agave- is empowering small indigenous producers. Read more about this sustainable story in the Mexican Mountains.
For Sir David Attenborough, the Dutch agriculture is an example for the sustainable world of the future – according to his new Netflix documentary. But is that really the case?
Ever wanted to know how a glass cube could revolutionize the way we ship alcohol? Of course you have. In this article we will explain how and why glass cubes could definitely make the liquor industry more sustainable.
Environmental emissions can be direct or indirect – Scope 1, 2, or 3. But the differences between the industries say a lot about the potential to improve.
Everyone loves to talk about sustainability. But what do you actually do about it? Measuring your activities against the Sustainability Maturity Path provides a clarifying look at it.
Last year, the Scottish craft brewery emitted 68.000 tons of CO₂. Now they are carbon negative. How did they achieve that?
In sustainability, capacity building means building skills and competencies to empower sustainable change. But it all starts with awareness.
The PEF methodology will radically change how we calculate and compare footprints. And it might be implemented next year.