Our circular ambition

It is our ambition to operate fully circular by 2030. This means no waste, no emissions and maximum (re)use of products and materials. This is in line with Sustainable Development Goal 12 (responsible consumption and production). At this moment nearly 40% of our operations is circular.

To become fully circular is a bold ambition. It requires serious investment and other, not always easy, choices. We also notice that this ambition results in enthusiasm and support of our people.

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We linked our CO2 emissions to our environmental budget

Last year we monetised our CO2 emissions as a next step in taking responsibility for our environment. In calculating the cost of our carbon footprint, we have applied a rate of 100 euro per ton resulting in a budget of € 1.85 million for fiscal year 2018/2019.

This rate is based on a study by the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (het Centraal Planbureau), that estimates the minimal social cost of emitted carbon in 2030 of 100 euro per ton of CO2. Social costs are not based on current market prices of emission trading, but on estimated social costs in the long-term of continuing to use natural resources at the rate we do today.

We use this money for measures to reduce our negative environmental impact, investments in sustainable innovations and in offset-programmes.

In 2018, we donated an electric airplane to the Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR). This airplane will be deployed as research aircraft. The aim behind this donation is to stimulate the transition to electric flight.

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What are we doing to become circular?

  • We have accelerated the transition to electric driving. We aim to achieve a fully electric car fleet by 2025. We discourage flying and encourage travelling by train. We use technological solutions as an alternative for face-to-face meetings.
  • Our electricity is generated sustainably in the Netherlands, with almost 90% of our entire electricity usage coming from sustainably generated energy. We have implemented energy efficiency measures in our buildings. We have a BREAAM certification for all our buildings and achieving excellent scores on our operational usage.
  • We separate and recycle waste in our offices and our Rotterdam and Amsterdam offices have their own composting machines.
  • To reduce the waste from redesigning our offices, we have decided to re-use this waste for further redesigning purposes.We integrated social and environmental criteria in our procurement. Where possible, we purchase services and products of social enterprises.
  • We are renovating the heart of our head office in Amsterdam circularly. This will be our new inspiring and stimulating working environment and meeting space to promote flexible work. This renovation is part of our ambition to operate fully circular by 2030. To inform our colleagues and visitors in this renovation to our future plaza, we have designed Plaza.X. This space was opened in January.
  • We developed indicators to measure our progression whereupon we report in our annual review. In our annual review we also give an extensive overview of all environmental measures we take in our transition to full circularity.

Contact us

Wineke Haagsma

Head of Corporate Sustainability, PwC Netherlands

Tel: +31 (0)88 792 54 24

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