A LITTLE EFFORT MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE
OUR JOURNEY TOWARDS SUSTAINABILITY
OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT, OUR RESPONSIBILITY
MEDIAAN GREEN INITIATIVE
At Mediaan, we not only believe that technology makes a difference, but we also believe that being sustainable makes a huge difference to the future of our world.
Among many of the challenges facing our planet, sustainability and climate crisis are high on the list. Therefore, to reduce our carbon footprint as a company, we have come up with a sustainability program called the Mediaan Green Initiative.
So, what does it actually mean? Simply put, we want to reduce the CO2 emissions we have built up from the kilometers we make and the usage of our offices. It’s time for us to be responsible and take action!
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 Mediaan has on the planet and to reduce our carbon footprint as a company:
FAIRCLIMATEFUND BIOGAS PROJECT
In India, a large proportion of the rural population (800 million people) still cooks on open fires. This way of cooking not only has a negative impact on the climate but also on people’s health. Since early 2022, Mediaan has been participating in FairClimateFund’s “Clean cooking with biogas” project. This project helps families in rural India to switch from cooking by open fire to a new clean way of cooking with biogas. Giving families in rural India access to a 100% sustainable and clean way of cooking. Our contribution has helped Indian families, compensating a total of 226 tons of CO2 emissions.
CONCLUSION IMPACT FOREST
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.
In addition to compensating for our footprint, we are also looking for ways to reduce our CO2 emissions. In March 2022, we installed 140 solar panels on the roof of our office in Heerlen. This will produce 51.917 kWh annually and offset the entire electricity consumption of our office. Currently, 10% of our fleet is fully electric and 10% hybrid. At the moment we have 7 charging stations, in spring 2022 we will add 4 more to our office in Heerlen.
CLIMATE SENSOR PILOT
As part of the Conclusion ecosystem, it speaks for itself that we actively participate in the Conclusion sustainability program. That’s why, together with AMIS, Mediaan has been working on a green initiative project called the Climate Change Sensor Pilot. With expertise in the Internet of Things (IoT), AMIS will help Mediaan install approximately 21 sensors at its office in Heerlen. These sensors are capable of capturing temperature, light intensity, movement and humidity. The idea is to collect data from these sensors to get a better understanding of Mediaan’s CO2 consumption.
In the early stages, our Data & Intelligence team will link the collected data to some dashboards and conduct some analyses, so that we will be able to make some manual decisions based on them. In the long run, the ideal solution would be to have automatic smart solutions that can help us reduce our carbon footprint. Installation of the sensors will be completed by mid-June 2022. Stay tuned for more information on this project!
HYBRID AND ELECTRIC CARS
Although it is not mandatory, we always encourage our employees to opt for a hybrid or an electric car. Moreover, we have installed e-charging stations at our offices to better equip this initiative. Research has shown that hybrid and electric vehicles are better for the environment. They emit fewer greenhouse gases and air pollutants than gasoline or diesel cars.
For some people, it is not so easy to completely eliminate the use of paper. Although a large portion of the fibers used in paper production is recycled, their use remains wasteful because people tend to use them only once. Furthermore, paper production uses enormous amounts of energy and water. This is why we encourage minimal use of paper files in our offices and rely more on digitized documents instead. Our ideal situation would be to move from a “paper-light” to a “paperless” office.
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!
Whether you like to discuss your idea or want to collaborate with Mediaan on how to create environmentally sustainable IT solutions, don’t hesitate to contact us!