De Bijenkorf commits to Science Based Targets initiative
26 October 2020 – De Bijenkorf wants to contribute to a better world with concrete sustainability targets, such as reducing CO2 emissions and a fully sustainable assortment. Now, the department store is taking an important new step in its sustainability activities by aligning its CO2 target with the Science Based Targets (SBT) initiative.
De Bijenkorf has joined the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), an initiative aimed at limiting global warming to no more than 1.5°C. The target is science-based, which means it is in line with the latest climate science insights. By 2025, their own emissions in scope 1 and 2 must be reduced by 29.4% and by 50.4% by 2030. This target concerns emissions from their own buildings and vehicles due to energy consumption and heating, among other things.
The reduction of CO2 emissions is achieved in various ways. The department store is working hard to save energy by tackling unnecessary consumption, replacing equipment with more sustainable alternatives and working towards 100% LED lighting. The electricity is greened with GVOs from wind and solar energy from the Netherlands and Belgium and there are solar panels at the distribution centre and the shops in Eindhoven and Amsterdam. Cars in the lease fleet are gradually being replaced by electric cars.