How to reduce CO2 emissions as an entrepreneur
The Netherlands must reduce emissions of the greenhouse gas CO2 before 2030. To achieve this goal, the government has made agreements with companies and civil society organisations. The agreements are laid down in the Climate Agreement. You can help reduce CO2 emissions, for example by taking action on:
- how you and your staff travel (sustainable mobility)
- your business premises (commercial property)
- your business operations
Tool for reducing CO2 emissions for SMEs
With the tool regelhulp MKB Klimaatwerk (in Dutch) you can check which measures from the Climate Agreement you can take to reduce the emission of CO2 and other greenhouse gases. You will also receive advice on financial support from the government.
Almost half of all traffic on the road result from business travel. More sustainable travel helps to reduce CO2 emissions. You can help by enabling your employees to travel in more sustainable ways.
Report and reduce CO2 emissions
Does your company have more than 100 employees? Then from 2023 you must report your employees’ business travel and commuting CO2 emissions. Are the emissions too high? Then you must take action to reduce it. For example, by allowing your employees to travel more often by bicycle, public transport or electric cars.
Sustainable business premises
Making your business premises energy efficient means less CO2 emissions and lower energy costs. You do this by saving energy. Or by opting for alternative energy to heat or cool your business premises.
The Environmental Management Activities Decree obliges companies to save energy. In addition, you also have an energy efficiency notification obligation.
From 2023, offices larger than 100 m2 must have Energy Label C. Making your building energy efficient with, for example, solar panels ensures lower energy costs. The government supports you with advice and subsidies.
You can heat or cool your building with geothermal energy. The government stimulates this form of sustainable energy with tax benefits and subsidies (in Dutch).
With sustainable business operations you can reduce CO2 emissions and save costs. Think about which sustainable topics are important to you.
When making purchasing decisions, you consider factors such as the price, quality, and delivery time of a product. In addition, you can also pay attention to social and environmental aspects.
You already deal with environmental regulations and the Activities Decree, such as the rules for industrial waste. In addition, you can use raw materials in a smarter way.
In human resources, you can pay attention to the sustainable employability of your employees. You can also make an extra effort to ensure a healthy workplace.
Subsidies for energy saving measures
The government supports entrepreneurs in taking energy-saving measures. There are various financial and tax arrangements available.
Sustainable entrepreneurship is possible through small and large measures. For example, you can save energy and use less plastic. If you have staff, you can encourage employees to travel by public transport or to lease an electric car. If you manufacture a product, you can use recycled, raw materials. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) goes one step further. You take into account the climate, reuse of products, a fair purchasing chain, and inclusiveness in the choice of personnel.