Reduction targets: gas consumption and vehicle fleet
In 2022, our goal is to further reducing of our CO2 emissions. We do that with several modifications. Thanks to the purchase of our office building in 2018, we can now invest in sustainability there. Think, for example, of a more efficient or smaller boiler and/or a heat pump. In the second half of 2020 we installed 660 solar panels. We see that this will significantly reduce our emissions.
In addition, we will continue to encourage the warm sweater day. This year we organized this in combination with a brisk walk with a delicious bowl of warm soup at the end. In the months from May to September, the gas tap is closed completely. Zero gas consumption at that time of year. We want to make our employees aware of the relationship between the office temperature and our CO2 emissions.
The policy for the purchase of company cars remains a point of attention in the organization. We aim for a maximum emission of 106 grams of CO2 per kilometer for passenger cars. We prefer electric cars, hybrids or plug-in hybrids. We adhere to the EUR6 standard with our delivery van. At the beginning of 2023, the first APAC engineer will drive a 100% electric VW bus. The ID Buzz Cargo. Apac has signed the letter of intent to join the covenant on hydrogen and mobility for the Province of Utrecht, with the aim of using hydrogen-powered vehicles in addition to electric vehicles.
As indicated, we believe that we can achieve the greatest CO2 reduction for customers. This concerns the energy consumption of our customers. We want to reduce energy consumption, especially in data centers, with innovations and technical developments. In 2016, APAC developed software for this. From 2017, this software has been sold more and more. For example, we have done projects in this area at ProRail Railcenter, Defensie Eibergen, Base IP Amsterdam, Byondis Nijmegen and Ghent University.
At the end of 2019, our supplier Climaveneta introduced its 4th generation chillers and heat pumps with environmentally friendly HFO refrigerants HFO1234ZE and HFO1234YF. This introduction has been extended further into 2021. Almost the entire Climaveneta range is available with low-GWP refrigerants. Our supplier network has also been expanded with the Enerblue brand (cooling machines with the refrigerant Propane R290).
Climaveneta has already supplied HFO refrigeration installations in Europe with a total of more than 200MW of cooling capacity. One of the most appealing projects is Fortum’s district heating in Espoo, Finland. Two heat pumps were delivered and installed here. This means that residual heat from an Ericsson data center is reused via the heat network of the city of Espoo.
Closer to home, APAC has delivered a heat pump from Climaveneta to the Groningen data center of Bytesnet and DRT in Amsterdam. This is connected to the cooling system and uses the residual heat to heat office space. Thanks to an agreement with WarmteStad, in the future even homes and other buildings in the area can be heated with the residual heat.
If desired, a signed version of the ISO14001 policy can be requested at Sandra van der Loo.