How can we explain the success of the Ladder in the Netherlands and Belgium? What can this teach us about implementing the CO2 Performance Ladder in new sectors, regions and countries? SKAO and CO2logic combined their experiences to identify the most important factors – building blocks and accelerators – for the successful implementation of the CO2 Performance Ladder.
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The CO2 Performance Ladder is an effective tool to help organisations reduce their CO2 emissions. The sustainability tool helps organisations make their CO2 emissions comprehensible and embed reduction measures. The CO2 Performance Ladder offers the most added value to companies and governments with little insight into their CO2 emissions. This is according to research by CE Delft commissioned by the IKEA Foundation.
The CO2 Performance Ladder was developed in the Netherlands by ProRail as a way to stimulate action from the market on carbon reduction. For the first decade of its existence, the CO2PL remained a Dutch instrument, focused on the Dutch market, despite international interest from early on, including across the border in Belgium. As a result of that interest, the CO2 Performance Ladder has been piloted in 25 construction projects in Belgium, since 2019. Of these 25 pilot projects, 16 have already been launched.
The Green Deal Sustainable Civil Engineering is a progressive sector initiative that has ensured broad acceptance and application of the CO2 Performance Ladder in the market. Signed in 2013 in the Netherlands, it is a sector-wide approach to integrate sustainability in ground, road and hydraulic engineering projects. It provides how clients and contractors can cooperate to achieve sector-wide agreement to boost sustainability. Its objective: a practical and uniform approach for everyone in the Civil Engineering market to concretise sustainability in projects, with the CO2 Performance Ladder as one of the tools to achieve this.
IISD conducted a feasibility study of using the CO2 Performance Ladder as a procurement tool and CO2 management tool in Europe. Compared to other European carbon tools and approaches, the CO2 Performance Ladder stands out for its track record of use in public procurement, its proven carbon mitigation impact, and its third-party verification system.