The success of
The CO2 Performance Ladder
Over the last 14 years, the CO2 Performance Ladder has developed into a key Green Public Procurement (GPP) tool and the number one CO2 management system in the Netherlands and Belgium.
To support the implementation of the CO2 Performance Ladder across Europe, these testimonials represent a selection of stories and examples from the history of the Ladder since 2009. They collect the lessons we have learned: what is needed to successfully implement the Ladder, and what benefits does it bring?
It starts with
The start of the CO2 Performance Ladder
The early initiators – Patrick Buck (ProRail), Jan Hendrik Dronkers (Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management) and Nico de Vries (Royal BAM Group) – reflect on the development of the Ladder. What are the key success factors and what is required to successfully implement the CO2 Performance Ladder?
The CO2 Performance Ladder
Willemen Infra and the CO2 Performance Ladder
Franky Van den Berghe and Dirk Christianen from Willemen Infra show us around at their asphalt plant in Belgium. How does Willemen Infra reduce its carbon emissions by using the CO2 Performance Ladder?
Making Amsterdam sustainable with the CO2 Performance Ladder
To prepare Amsterdam for major climactic changes the CO2 Performance Ladder is a guiding principle in Amsterdam’s public procurement. Amsterdam and its partners show us how they work with the Ladder.
The CO2 Performance Ladder
What is the CO2 Performance Ladder
The essentials in 4 minutes
How to use the CO2 Performance Ladder
An explanation in 10 minutes
10 reasons to get started
01.Power of procurement: effective carbon reduction
The CO2 Performance Ladder leads to accelerated decarbonisation and innovation thanks to the power of procurement. Research shows that organisations using the CO2 Performance Ladder reduce their carbon emissions twice as fast as average and that it leads to institutionalisation of carbon reduction and awareness and behavioural changes, as shown by research conducted by CE Delft and the University of Utrecht. The CO2 Performance Ladder is recognised as a best practice by the OECD, IPCC and the World Economic Forum.
With 13+ years of implementation, the CO2 Performance Ladder is the standard Green Public Procurement (GPP) tool in the Netherlands and Belgium, and has proven its effectiveness. Over 300 public procuring authorities use the Ladder as a GPP tool, and around 5000 organisations are covered by a CO2 Performance Ladder certificate. 75% of certificate holders are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). During the 13+ year history of the CO2 Performance Ladder many useful resources and experiences have been developed, which can easily be adapted and reapplied.
The CO2 Performance Ladder is user-friendly, with low transaction costs to get started for organisations looking to get certified. Documents like the practical guide and articles highlighting certificate holders give insight into the process and possibilities. SKAO and partners provide a helpdesk for (current and future) certificate holders. Implementing the CO2 Performance Ladder is easy for contracting authorities as they only need to check the certificate, once the building blocks for a pilot have been established. Third party certification lowers the burden on procurement authorities to verify claims. Documents like the procurement guide with accessible steps to start purchasing with the CO2 Performance Ladder, project cases and model clauses (in Belgium) further facilitate implementation for procuring authorities.
04.Cascading effects of certification
The impact of market initiatives started by certified companies to meet collaboration requirements included in the CO2 Performance Ladder handbook, and the impact of certified companies on their supply chain partners accelerates reductions, increasing impact. For instance, the Ladder requires organisations certified at levels 4 and 5 to engage with their supply chain to develop additional CO2 reduction measures in their sector.
One certificate can be used for all tenders for all contracting authorities using the Ladder in their procurement. Whether local, regional, national or international.
06.Compliant with the EU Procurement Directive
The CO2 Performance Ladder is immediately applicable in other EU countries due to its compliance with the 2014 EU Procurement Directive.
07.Green business case
The CO2 Performance Ladder helps strengthen businesses’ green business case, by granting them a financial award advantage in tenders based on their CO2 reduction ambition. This fictitious discount (or points bonus), in combination with the cost savings that are achieved through increased efficiency, more than cover the costs of certification, and motivate organisations to start structurally reducing their carbon emissions.
08.Third party certification and accreditation
Independent third party certification lowers the burden on procurement authorities to verify that companies comply to their requirements. Certifying institutions are required to be accredited by the relevant accreditation body.
09.Certification reinforces market position
Having a CO2 Performance Ladder certificate reinforces companies’ position in the market as sustainable suppliers, and helps to improve their products and services. The CO2 Performance Ladder stimulates and rewards organisations through giving them a competitive advantage.
Since both private and public parties, along with academic experts and non-governmental environmental organisations are involved in the management and development of the CO2 Performance Ladder in the Netherlands, all organisations have a stake in the instrument, and feel ownership over it. This cooperative model helps to ensure the instrument is widely supported, therefore increasing its impact.
The importance of a
Creating support in
Policy and the market
Encouraging the market to become more sustainable
Jacqueline Cramer (former Minister of Environment)
Involve and enthuse small businesses too
Steven Declerq (Embuild)
Promoting sustainable development with the Ladder in Wallonia
Sylvie Loutz (Service Public de Wallonie)
Green Deal Sustainable Civil Engineering boosts sustainability
Thijs Wentink (SKAO)