Zero measurement CO2 footprint head office
Together with the Facilities Department (FD) of Waternet, PHI Factory has already developed a roadmap towards circular business operation in 2025. In order to confirm the steps FD wants to take to realize this circular operational management, they want to map out the CO2 footprint of the working environment and facility services. In addition, FD considers it important to give all employees insight into the impact of making the working environment more sustainable.
The working environment, the way people work, mobilize and make use of the various facilities, has a great value for the visibility of sustainability within Waternet. FD’s CO2-reducing measures are also in line with Waternet’s CO2 reduction ambition: CO2 neutral in 2020. However, this objective is mainly focused on Waternet’s primary processes, the impact of the working environment and all secondary processes is limited by comparison.
Waternet asked PHI Factory to map the CO2 footprint of the head office, all elements in the working environment, facility services and ICT. The PHI Impact Calculator was used to make this baseline measurement.
- The PHI approach
Organizations emit a large amount of CO2 with their business operations. Just think of the energy consumption of the building and the transport of all personnel and all goods. But that is not all. Organizations have much more influence on global CO2 emissions than they think, namely in all materials used in and around their business operations. We also call this impact the hidden impact. This is the CO2 emissions that are caused during the entire life cycle of a product (the extraction of raw materials, manufacturing, transport, use and processing after use).
The PHI Impact Calculator provides insight into this hidden impact. By means of this tool the impact of the products and services are made clear based on a quantitative analysis. For the calculation, the building, all facility services and ICT are mapped that can be related to the Waternet head office for the year 2019.
- The result
The result is an overall picture of the totalCO2 footprint of Waternet’s head office. This overview is divided into thirteen product categories such as: the building, the working environment, catering and logistics services.
By gaining insight into the CO2 footprint associated with the head office and its business operations, FD gains clear insight into the largest impact areas and can calculate which measures have the greatest potential for improvement. PHI Factory has described this potential in an advice that can be applied specifically per product category. This provides Waternet’s facilities department with a tool that can be used for future policy decision to reduce the CO2 footprint.