Environment and climate

Reducing our climate impact

Why it matters

In 2019, more than ever, climate change and the need for rapid action to tackle it has been a high-profile issue. In the coming years, climate action needs to be a priority for all — for governments, for businesses and for individuals alike.

At DNV GL, our aim is to deliver safer, smarter and greener performance in everything we do. We achieve this in two ways — by reducing our own environmental impact and by providing services to our customers that help them do the same.

We offset our greenhouse gas emissions from offices, laboratories and travel in order to be carbon neutral, while continuing to focus on reducing our footprint across the business.

Progress in 2019

In line with the commitment set out in our Group strategy 2015–2020, we became carbon neutral in 2018. This continued in 2019 with verified carbon offsets from the Isangi REDD+ project in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Rainforest Community project in Peru, and projects providing efficient cooking stoves in Ghana. The offsets were provided by South Pole, a provider of carbon credits.

During the year we continued with initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from our three main emission sources — employee air travel, company cars and our laboratories and offices. These initiatives include restrictions on non-customer-related air travel and managing our company car fleet to reduce emissions.

We also developed and communicated a new Energy Efficiency Guideline to encourage energy and emissions reductions in our nearly 300 offices. Our Green Building Guideline was also introduced in the last quarter of 2019, which outlines our goal of seeking green building certification and reducing floor space in our offices.

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Looking ahead

During 2020, we will work on programmes that further reduce GHG emissions from our main sources—travel by air and car, and emissions from offices and laboratories (see sustainable procurement for more details).

In January 2020, we completed the sale of our KEMA Laboratories, that include the Arnhem and Chalfont laboratories. This will positively impact our total environmental footprint.

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Our purpose and vision promote environmental protection. Our aim is to continuously reduce the environmental and climate impact of our own operations and those of our customers (see also sustainable innovations).

As signatories to the UN Global Compact, we take a precautionary approach to managing our environmental and climate impacts. Our Code of Conduct also commits us to reduce the environmental impact of our operations, procurement, and investment and property management.

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