Dutch SME’s, be warned: New energy reporting standards.
Firms in the Netherlands are obliged to incorporate all the energy saving measures with a payback period of five years or less1. Since July 2019 a new law has been put into practice. 125.000 firms & institutions have to participate with the Energy efficiency notification obligation in accordance with The Environmental Management Activities Decree2. The Ministry of Economic Affairs estimates that the energy reporting obligation will affect 110.000 companies from 19 sectors. The 19 sectors can find a list of measures to improve their energy efficiency here from RVO3. All companies that consume at least 50.000 kWh, 25.000 sqm natural gas, or a combination of both, have to comply with the new reporting standards.
In the upcoming years the Dutch government will increase the amount of obligations regarding energy efficiency and sustainability to meet the 2030 climate agreements and create a transparent and sustainable business environment. These energy reduction measures are stimulated by the European Parliament to reach the Sustainable Development Goals. Additionally, multinationals and large companies are increasingly pushing for more sustainable reporting to increase business transparency and inter-supply chain sustainability communications. Furthermore, the call for sustainability is steadily growing and comes from all stakeholders, such as customers. Talented applicants greatly value sustainability and only want to work for a vital and sustainable firm. It is therefore crucial for SMEs to follow this trend and prepare for the upcoming stricter regulations, business partner demands and the changing expectations of consumers and (potential) employees.
In the Green Paper on Energy Efficiency, the European commission made the following statement: “Energy saving is without doubt the quickest, most effective, and most cost-efficient manner for reducing greenhouse gas emission, as well as improving air quality.” Energy related initiatives thus offer great potential for businesses to reduce their ecological footprint and save money at the same time. Therefore, in Europe, and specifically in the Netherlands, a long tradition of Energy Efficient (EE) measures exists. Previous research shows that the most efficient EE initiatives not only focus directly on direct energy saving (e.g installing energy efficient office equipment), but also on long term indirect effects. More specifically, researchers proved that measures who focus on creating the knowledge and awareness, are more efficient on the long term. Especially performing energy audits, measuring or tracking energy and reporting on your energy consumption have proved to increase the efficiency of EE measures.
Thus, it is important to systematically track current usage and making an impact through optimization of operations. We are convinced that reducing energy consumption is a crucial part of integral sustainable business operations, as well as other important Key Performance Indicators related to the performance and the sustainable operations of your company as a whole. By analyzing the entire businesses sustainable performance effects, initiatives can be valued in perspective to sustainable strategy and mission.
Many entrepreneurs see the expected costs of sustainability measures as the most important bottleneck. Therefore, it is crucial to review energy consumption using smart solutions and alternative operational processes. By gaining insights in your sustainable behavior it is possible to reduce future costs.
Half of the Dutch SME’s have not heard of the Energy efficiency notification obligation. If this information is also new for you, do not hesitate to contact us. We are always open to elaborate on our services which are built to review energy usage, make sustainability manageable and advice on making an impact in line with your business operations. Our sustainability consulting services are built to solve current problems and obligations but will also be able to meet future Dutch and European regulations.
Please visit our website: www.nexioprojects.com for more information regarding this matter.
02/09/2019 – Rotterdam
Jeroen de Jonge
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