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CO2 reduction

Improving the sustainability of buildings and industrial processes, reducing the energy consumption and opting in favour of sustainable energy sources and materials are everyday business at Unica. A clear focus on energy and CO2 reduction is a priority for Unica. Our long-term ambition is to reduce our emission level to 0, in line with the climate goals for the Netherlands.

CO2 Performance ladder

To strengthen the management approach to energy and CO2 reduction within our own business operations, we make use of the CO2 Performance Ladder. Following the external audit of our management system in 2023, we successfully achieved level 3 certification on this Performance Ladder. We also successfully passed the annual interim external audit in the first quarter of 2024.

Our goal for scope 1, 2 and business travel is to reduce our emission level in 2025 by 40% as compared with our reference year 2019. This objective is related firstly to revenue and secondly to the number of FTEs.

The graph below shows our (relative) progress in CO2 reduction. Since reference year 2019, absolute CO2 emissions have risen by 10%, as a result of the enormous growth our organisation has undergone. Related to revenue, CO2 emissions have been reduced by 38%, and related to the number of FTEs the reduction amounts to 23%. This places the organisation in line with our planned reduction target.

This relative progress has been achieved through a series of core measures, including the greening up of our total electricity consumption with Dutch Guarantees of Origin (GoOs), optimising climate control systems and the temperature settings in our office and business locations and electrifying our vehicle fleet. Recordings were made in the second half of 2023 to identify potential energy saving measures at our office and business locations, on the basis of which sustainability measures will be implemented in 2024 and 2025. Among others this involves the use of the updated Approved Measures List. For the full emission inventory, see the appendix.

After the summer of 2023, we started conducting a baseline measurement of our scope 3 emissions. We have concluded the consultation phase in the chain and are currently mapping out which services and segments deliver the greatest impact. In those areas, we are further consulting our suppliers about their emissions, for example by requesting information about the environmental impact of products. The scope 3 baseline measurement will be concluded in 2024 to enable us to determine which specific measures will have to be taken in order to reduce our scope 3 emissions and to improve the quality of data.