At the end of 2015, more than 120 Belgian companies, NGOs and academic institutions joined forces in our Coalition for the Climate. Since then they have been committed to combating climate change through individual campaigns, joint initiatives and collaborative projects within The Shift. Below you will find an overview of initiatives that are being taken by various members.
Science Based Targets
More and more companies are working with Science Based Targets to bring their individual targets into line with global climate objectives. For instance, Thalys decided to reduce CO2 consumption by 40% between 2008 and 2020 based on SBTs. As an alternative to road or air transport, Thalys helps to avoid 200,000 tons of CO2 emissions every year. A bonus as CO2 emissions from the Belgian transport sector constitute 30% of total emissions in Belgium.
Alpro also works with Science Based Targets. They committed to emitting 26% less CO2 per kg product by 2020 through this programme. Regarding the fact that the food industry produces almost one third of total CO2 emissions in Belgium, this producer of plant based food encourages the gouvernments to include food in their climate plans. “The more vegetable products that are consumed, the fewer the CO2 emissions,” says Greet Vanderheyden, sustainability manager at Alpro.
CO2 reduction through logistics
Various members are reducing a significant proportion of their CO2 emissions via transport. Nestlé & Pepsico are coordinating their shipments so that they can arrange joint transport. And IRIS Group, Lidl and Gyproc Saint-Gobain are also making efforts to reduce CO2 emissions from their logistics activities through the programme Lean and Green.
Completely climate neutral
A number of companies have already achieved zero emissions by systematically reducing their CO2 emissions. Artoos, Telenet, Proximus, Naturalogic and CLIMACT, among others, are already climate neutral today. Efico and Spadel (by 2020), UCB and Unilever (by 2030) and Toyota Material Handling Europe and Danone (by 2050) also wish to be in the near future.
Putting a price on carbon
Carbon Pricing involves setting a concrete price for CO2. This principle is based on the assumption that we are not currently paying the actual cost of carbon and that we must therefore take this cost into account when considering investments. Thus, companies such as Solvay, IRIS Group, Toyota Material Handling Europe, Naturalogic, CO2logic, Eneco, Unilever, Proximus, Deloitte or BNP Paribas Fortis include the additional cost of carbon in their strategic decision-making.
Investing in renewable energy
A number of organisations in our network want to make the transition to renewable energy sources accessible to everyone. Banks such as ING, bpost and BNP Paribas Fortis are therefore going to offer energy loans under 2%. Triodos Bank also favourises energy systems based on renewable energy sources via its investment policy. And the investments in renewable energy sources made by EDF Luminus, make it the 2nd largest producer of wind energy in Belgium.
Efficient resource management
Danone and Veolia are collaborating to make the management of the water cycle, waste and energy consumption of the dairy producer more environmentally friendly. This collaboration is part of Danone’s climate objective to be carbon neutral by 2050.
Fairtrade Climate Standard
By means of this standard, developed by Fairtrade Belgium, producer organisations can generate carbon credits for companies that also want to make Fairtrade products climate neutral. With Fairtrade and CO2-neutral coffee, for example, Beyers Koffie can improve the working environment of coffee farmers, while at the same time minimising the negative impact on the environment.
Besides these joint initiatives, a lot of members are also taking individual steps to achieve a low-carbon society. You can read more about this on the profile pages of our members who are committed to climate action.
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