WHY DO WE NEED TO CARE?
FACTS & FIGURES
Since 1751 the world has emitted over 1.5 trillion tons of CO2. This has contributed to climate change which can cause even more damage to people and nature. In 2021, company cars registered under Mediaan traveled 1,551,000 km, which is equivalent to 189 tons of CO2 emissions.
Did you know that greenhouse gas emissions cause climate change by trapping heat, and also contribute to respiratory illnesses from smog and air pollution? In 2021, Mediaan consumed 6,000 M3 of gas, equivalent to 11 tons of CO2.
About 40% of the world’s CO2 emissions come from generating electricity by burning fossil fuels, and in 2021 Mediaan used 40,000 kWh, which is equal to 26 tons of CO2 emissions.
SMALL THINGS MATTER
Here are some of the measures that we have taken in order to limit the impact we have on the planet and to reduce our carbon footprint as a company:
Together with our sister company AMIS, we have installed 21 sensors in our Heerlen office. These sensors can record temperature, light intensity, motion and humidity. The collected data has helped us, for example, optimize our heating schedule for maximum energy efficiency. Recently, we also gained access to data from our smart meter, providing minute-by-minute (almost in real-time!) updates on our gas and electricity usage. Additionally, we can monitor the energy generated by our solar panels. Currently, we are in the process of putting all this data into a database, which will later be transformed into an easy-to-understand visualization. This will provide us with a clear overview of our CO2 consumption and guide us in implementing the necessary measures to reduce it.
Looking ahead, our ultimate goal is to implement automatic smart solutions that can effectively minimize our carbon footprint. We are continuously working on this project and will provide regular updates. Stay tuned for more exciting developments!
While it is not mandatory, we highly encourage our employees to consider choosing hybrid or electric vehicles. In comparison to traditional gasoline or diesel cars, hybrid and electric vehicles emit fewer greenhouse gases and air pollutants.
To support this eco-friendly initiative, we have taken proactive steps by installing e-charging stations at our office premises. Currently, 10% of our entire vehicle fleet consists of fully electric cars, while an additional 10% comprises hybrid vehicles. In line with our commitment to sustainability, we recently expanded our e-charging infrastructure at our Heerlen office this summer. We now have a total of 17 charging points available across all our office locations!
Our aim is to make the transition to electric and hybrid vehicles as seamless as possible, promoting a greener commuting culture among our employees.
In India, a significant portion of the rural population, comprising 800 million people, still relies on open fires for cooking. This traditional cooking method not only has adverse effects on the environment but also poses health risks to individuals. To address this issue, Mediaan has been actively involved in the “Clean cooking with biogas” project led by FairClimateFund since early 2022.
The objective of this project is to assist rural Indian families in transitioning from open fire cooking to a new, cleaner alternative that utilizes biogas. Through our participation, we have made a positive impact by compensating a total of 226 tons of CO2 emissions, contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in rural India.
In collaboration with Trees for All, Conclusion supports the Brabants Landschap in its plans to transform agricultural land into nature by planting 29,000 trees near Bergen op Zoom. This will create a new ecosystem with a size of eight hectares, called the Conclusion Impact Forest. This project combines various goals, such as compensating for CO2 emissions, improving existing forests, combating desiccation and increasing biodiversity. Furthermore, the project offers new green recreational opportunities near Bergen op Zoom. You can find more information about this project here.
For some people, it is not so easy to completely eliminate the use of paper. While a significant portion of paper production incorporates recycled fibers, its overall usage still contributes to wasteful practices, primarily due to single-use tendencies. Additionally, the production of paper consumes substantial amounts of energy and water resources.
To address these concerns, we actively promote minimal utilization of paper files within our offices and prioritize the adoption of digitized documents. Our ultimate goal is to transition from a “paper-light” approach to a fully “paperless” office environment.
OUR FUTURE PLANS
For now, our focus is on encouraging Medianers to adopt environmentally friendly habits in the workplace. We will also look at how the Internet of Things (IoT) can help us provide smart solutions to improve our energy management. Furthermore, we will also look at opportunities to create sustainable technical solutions together with our customers!