Van Lanschot Kempen’s environmental management isn’t just geared towards improving processes and systems, but also seeks to change the awareness and behaviour of individual employees. In the past few years, much has been achieved on both points. To ensure that we continue to focus on what matters most, in 2017 we quantified a comprehensive carbon footprint in keeping with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol.
Our carbon footprint shows up areas of significant emissions and helps us to identify carbon reduction measures. Van Lanschot in the Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland accounted for 69% of total emissions in 2017 (2016: 69%), with Kempen making up the remainder. At Van Lanschot, the biggest causes of carbon emissions were lease cars, heating, paper and business air travel. At Kempen, business air travel was the main culprit, followed at some distance by lease cars and heating.
Carbon reduction targets
We aim to cut our carbon emissions per FTE by an average 2% a year in the 2015-2025 period.
Carbon reduction measures
Although we made a clear contribution towards a carbon neutral economy in the 2011-17 period, 2017 itself was a less fruitful year and showed a minor rise in our absolute carbon emissions to 5,257 tonnes (2016: 5,151 tonnes). Further details on the carbon footprint measures adopted can be found in the document below.