We believe in putting our money where our mouth is. Together with our clients, partners and suppliers we continue to invest to remain the greenest major supplier of power in the Netherlands. And our achievements in this area are recognised by a number of independent organisations in the Netherlands and Belgium.
The international Ecovadis platform assesses companies’ performance in the areas of sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). We have been awarded a Silver Rating. This means that when it comes to CSR, we are among the top 30% of companies assessed in this area.
The EcoVadis method allows companies and organisations to compare suppliers with regard to sustainability, environmental performance and various social and ethical aspects. In this context, the platform refers to a number of international CSR standards as set down in the Global Reporting Initiative, United Nations Global Compact and ISO 26000.
In addition, our CSR performance has been vetted by FIRA on the basis of the ISO26000, GRI and AA1000 standards. This assessment resulted in an Extended CSR report.
FIRA’s methodology has been appraised by NEN with respect to its consistency with NPR9026.
Our business unit Eneco Installatiebedrijven is ISO14001 certified – as is our CHP plant in Utrecht. We are working to ensure that by late 2017, all our business units satisfy the minimum requirements of the ISO 14001 standard.
Customers expect us to be straightforward about where our sustainable energy comes from. We are completely transparent about this, and list the details on our fuel mix disclosure. This label specifies the sources of the power we supply. The information on our label is verified by the Dutch government via the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM).
Energy that is generated by sustainable means is issued a Guarantee of Origin (GoO). Each MWh of green electricity equals one GoO certificate. Since 2011, we have supplied 100% green electricity to all our private and SME clients.
A share of the electricity supplied to our corporate clients still comes from non-sustainable sources. Some of this ‘grey electricity’ is generated by our gas-fired power stations and heat & power stations, and some of it is sourced from third-party suppliers. We use a so-called import mix for this third-party electricity that indicates where it is sourced from. Unfortunately, we cannot entirely exclude electricity from coal-fired plants and nuclear power stations from this share of our supply.