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 2016 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 68% of total emissions in 2016 (2015: 71%), 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
Our long-term reduction target was revised in 2016 and the period has been changed; we have extended our target to 2025. We aim to cut our carbon emissions per FTE by an average 2% a year in the 2016-2025 period.
Carbon reduction measures
A range of carbon reduction measures (see below) helped to reduce our CO2 emissions to 4,950 tonnes in 2016. Further details on the carbon footprint measures adopted in 2016 can be found in the document below.