05 Jan Daddy Kate CO2 neutral by 2024 (Jan ’22)
By 2024, we want Daddy Kate to be carbon neutral. A tight but mostly challenging plan. Curious about how we approach it?
WORKING ON OUR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
On paper, a printing company does not seem like a textbook example of sustainability. Yet we want to prove otherwise. That is why we contacted the sustainability experts at Carbon+Alt+Delete. They mapped our CO2 emissions and drew up a feasible action plan together with us.
FROM GREY TO GREEN ELECTRICITY
DADDY KATE uses grey electricity, mainly from nuclear and gas-fired power plants. Or should we soon say ‘used’? Because next year we will switch to a supply contract guaranteeing 100% green electricity. That way, no immediate technical adjustments or investments are needed and we are still helping to build a sustainable future.
SWITCH TO ELECTRICAL HEATING
We are preparing for a future without natural gas. We are currently looking into the possibilities of switching from gas to (green) electricity for the offices and the refectory via a heat pump. Our workshop is already equipped with a climate-friendly solution: we heat it with the heat given off by the machines.
FULLY ELECTRIC FLEET
In addition, DADDY KATE aims to make its fleet of 13 commercial vehicles more sustainable by gradually switching to electric vehicles.
ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY ALTERNATIVES FOR VANS AND TRUCKS
Today, the alternatives to diesel-powered trucks and vans are still limited, but technological advances are following in quick succession. It is still guessing which alternative will eventually prevail: hydrogen, electricity or biofuels. DADDY KATE is keeping its finger on the pulse and will invest in new trucks and/or vans as soon as it becomes clear which green technology is the most sustainable.
Through all these actions, we aim to be CO2 neutral by 2024 in terms of scope 1 and 2, or everything we have an impact on at company level. Emissions we cannot or hardly avoid will be offset by investing in green projects such as tree planting. Meanwhile, we are also working on scope 3. This concerns the entire value chain: production of raw materials, waste processing, commuting, etc. In this way, we can evolve step by step towards a completely climate-neutral Europe, hopefully much earlier than by 2050!