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At CARU, we think it is important to organize our business activities as sustainable as possible, taking future generations in perspective. For this reason, we at CARU strive to be net zero before 2030. This means that CARU’s total greenhouse gas emissions are less than or equal to the emissions we remove from the atmosphere. To make sure we reach this goal and keep our eye on the short term as well, our ambition is to emit 50% less CO2 in 2024 compared to index year 2019.
CARU’s sustainability strategy is based on Analyzing, Reducing & Compensating our CO2 emissions. As transparency is a key condition in becoming sustainable, you can find the analysis of our footprint in ton CO2 per company section below.
In order to reduce this footprint and achieve our 2030 goal, we have set the following CO2 reduction targets for 2021:
End 2021 the CO2 emission from flights will be reduced by 30% (57,9t) compared to 2019.
Our carpark in Rotterdam will be 100% electric by the end of 2021, saving 121t CO2.
End 2021 we will have reduced the CO2 emission from our depot equipment with 30% (29,7t) compared to 2019.
In 2021, we will have reduced emission through internal transport with 50%, equal to 8t CO2.
In 2021, we will save 10% on empty shipping emissions, equal to 7,4t CO2.
In total, these objectives will lead to a reduction of 224t CO2 compared to our index year 2019, of which 209t can be allocated to Scope 1 & 2.
Another reduction effort launched in the past year was to create a self-sustaining system at our Rotterdam depot. Through putting 238 solar panels on our warehouse, we annually generate 80.000 kWh to be directly stored in our battery and later on used by our electric cars. When converting this, we can drive 400.000 km with this generated energy, which is equivalent to about 10 times around the earth. The electrification of our operations is fundamental in achieving our ambition and therefore this is something in which we really want to invest. In the video below, one can view this project at our Rotterdam depot.
We believe that it is important to continuously check and update our emissions. Therefore all our efforts and our dashboard where we calculate our emissions are reviewed by an independent auditor. For more information on this, visit our company page at www.skao.nl.
The production of steel for creating new containers emits very large amounts of CO2. CARU is part of the shipping & transport supply chain, an industry responsible for 3% of the world’s total CO2 emissions. As CARU believes it is important to also analyze and reduce emissions in our supply chain, we started an initiative to assess whether the production of new containers can be made more sustainable. Through industry collaboration we hope to really make an impact here.
CARU also joined the In2Waste initiative from A&M Recycling to contribute to better environmental insights and better management of our waste streams. With this, we strive to make maximum use of the circular economy for optimal recycling of residual materials.