ASVZ uses Green Buildings Tool as a starting point for roadmaps towards 2050

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  • Defining specific targets for carbon reduction
  • Current situation mapped out for 1,100 buildings
  • Drawing up roadmaps to achieve the set targets

The prospect is clear. Politicians have formulated the objective that carbon emissions in the Netherlands should be reduced by 95% by 2050 compared with 1990. But how do you know where you are right now? Most people don’t have the 1990 energy bill at hand and consequently many companies don’t know which starting point they can take. As a result, the target – which at first sight seems clear – is suddenly vague. ASVZ was also faced with this problem.

ASVZ commits to Sustainable Care Green Deal

ASVZ is a care institution for people with disabilities that has committed itself to the Sustainable Care Green Deal, an initiative of the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. This includes the objective of achieving a 49% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 compared with 1990. ASVZ has been working on sustainability for a number of years now, so the expectation is that ASVZ is already well on its way to achieving that 49% reduction. But is that so? CFP has started dealing with this issue.

Determining a baseline

ASVZ has about 1,100 buildings in use. These are buildings owned as well as rented. To determine the baseline, CFP used the Green Buildings Tool. This tool determines the expected carbon emissions based on public sources, algorithms of CFP and key indicators. This does not yet include the measures taken by ASVZ to increase sustainability, as a result of which the baseline for carbon emissions can be determined.

By using the Green Buildings Tool in this way, valuable input can be quickly created for a specific roadmap towards carbon-neutral.


– Gertjan Vons, consultant at CFP

Vincentius ASVZCurrent situation mapped out

With the help of the Green Buildings Tool, it was then determined how sustainable the buildings are at present in terms of carbon emissions. Compared with the reference situation, 17% carbon has already been saved through the installation of PV and LED. The selling off of a large monumental building (for redevelopment into homes) and the outsourcing of the data centre will result in a further reduction of almost 9% in the months ahead. In order to achieve further carbon reductions, the most efficient follow-up measures have been made transparent. At the same time, the actual energy usage is tracked with the Energy Robot. This gives a good picture of carbon emissions now, and how much has already been saved compared with the baseline.

Drawing up roadmaps towards 2050

As the baseline, the current situation and the final target are known, a detailed roadmap can be drawn up to achieve the set targets. This is the next step. In drawing up this roadmap, the Green Buildings Tool is used to see which buildings have the highest potential for savings, which are the smartest measures to take and which buildings can be made more sustainable through demolition and new construction. Of course, this also takes into account the buildings that will be sold off and/or replaced in the years ahead and the impact that this will have on carbon reduction. This is being carried out in close consultation with the asset manager.

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