Consciously opting for sustainable mobility and thus fewer greenhouse gases in traffic. With that aim in mind, large employers will be obliged from next year to provide data about their home-work and business traffic of employees. The concrete goal is 1 megaton of CO2 profit by 2030. If organizations are on track, it will stop at reporting. If it doesn't work out, they will be obliged to travel smarter and more economically from 2025. Because one way or the other, that CO2 gain is necessary to achieve the climate goals. State Secretary Heijnen (Infrastructure and Water Management) recently sent the new regulations to the Senate and House of Representatives.
Collective ceiling at the request of employers themselves
It has been agreed in the Climate Agreement that large organizations of 100 employees or more will be imposed a standard to make their home-work and business traffic cleaner. This agreement has been made concrete in collaboration with various organizations. Employers' organizations have asked to first assume a collective ceiling, i.e. without a mandatory individual standard, in order to achieve the target of 1 megaton profit. The uncertainties that corona brought with it played an important role in this.
State Secretary Heijnen has agreed to this, on the condition that organizations supply data about their home-work and business traffic in the coming years. This concerns, for example, the number of car kilometers travelled, broken down by type of fuel. If on the basis of the data supplied it appears that the CO2 emissions decrease sufficiently, then an individual standard per company is not necessary. If it doesn't decrease enough, that standard will still be there. After all, CO2 gains are necessary to achieve the climate goals. There are approximately 8000 organizations with 100 or more employees in the Netherlands. In total, more than 60% of all employees work there.
Take care of privacy
The new rules mean that organizations report annually. When drafting the regulations, respecting the privacy of employees was an important condition. For example, employers are only allowed to report totals for the entire organization. The government also believes it is important that reporting creates as little extra work for employers as possible. That is why data is mainly requested that employers often already have in their administration. They therefore do not have to keep track of or calculate the CO2 emissions themselves. A digital platform will be made available for reporting and calculations.
This measure is one of the measures taken by the government to reduce CO2 emissions in the Netherlands. Speeding up is necessary to achieve the climate goals, both in the short and longer term. The government wants everything on the road to run completely without exhaust gases by 2050. Depending on how you calculate exactly, traffic is currently responsible for about 20% of CO2 emissions in the Netherlands, according to the National government.
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