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11-11-2021

Vebego and 9 other leading Dutch companies have jointly promised to operate in a completely CO2-neutral way

In order to reduce CO2 emissions, Vebego and 9 other Dutch companies have promised to make their operations fully CO2neutral by 2050. Vebego will continue working towards its own ambition of working fully CO2 neutral in 2030. To this end, the companies made a joint declaration during the annual sustainability conference in Hilversum to comply with the objectives of the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). In so doing, Vebego is thus joining the growing group of leading companies that set emission reduction targets in line with what is required according to climate science. In this way, Vebego acknowledges the crucial role that the business community can play in minimising the risk that climate change will pose for the future of our planet. The declaration coincides with day 11 of COP26, the 26th United Nations climate conference in Glasgow. For Vebego and the other companies, the conference is an opportunity to show the Dutch government that Dutch companies are ready to meet the Paris Agreement climate targets. Alongside Vebego, FrieslandCampina, Eneco, Port of Rotterdam, ERM Group, NS, Auping, Interface, Compass Group, Randstad, KPMG Netherlands and Rabobank also signed the declaration on Thursday 11 November.

Science Based Targets

The signatories are affiliated with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) or the Net-Zero Banking Alliance, which specifically focuses on the financial sector. With its global campaign ‘Business Ambition for 1.5⁰ C’ SBTi wants to encourage companies and industrial leaders to reduce CO2 emissions based on Science Based Targets. These are targets to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared to the Earth’s temperature prior to the industrial age. To achieve this, global CO2 emissions must be halved by 2030 and reduced to zero by 2050.

Vebego is aiming for 2030

With the joint statement, Vebego is giving the goal of CO2 neutral working in the Netherlands a helping hand. At the same time, Vebego will continue working towards its own ambition of working in a fully CO2neutral way by 2030. As part of this goal the CO2neutral project was created earlier this year, under the leadership of Elroy van Duurling, Director of Purchasing at Vebego. Vebego wants to make an impact. With meaningful work, but also by treating the environment in a proper and sustainable manner. Now that the consequences of climate change are becoming increasingly visible and concrete, Vebego realises that more is needed to combat climate change.

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