CO₂ half-year figures 2023: on the way to a CO₂-neutral Ballast Nedam

Ballast Nedam is on course to be CO₂-neutral by 2030. This is shown by figures based on the first half of 2023. CO₂ emissions from operating results decreased by 8.9% in absolute terms in the first half of the year compared to the same period last year.

The 2023 target is to reduce CO₂ emissions by 42% compared to the 2019 base year. Compared to this base year, CO₂ emissions from office locations more than halved in the first half of 2023. Moreover, emissions from projects decreased significantly thanks to investments in electric equipment, HVO fuel and other CO₂-reducing measures. Mobility emissions decreased thanks to an enlarged number of electric lease cars. The electricity consumption of the fleet is compensated with green certificates from our own wind turbines.

From emissions to figures

In the first half of 2022, some corona measures were still in place. Meanwhile, most employees started travelling more again and office occupancy also increased. This caused a slight increase in CO₂ emissions relative to turnover (1.4%) in the first half of 2023, compared to the same period last year.

The footprint continues to decrease. In the first half of base year 2019, Ballast Nedam reported a footprint of 23.0 tonnes of CO₂ per million sales. In the first half of 2021, it was 19.9 tonnes and in this first half of 2023, it is 14.3 tonnes. With this, Ballast Nedam is well on its way to achieving an ultimate footprint of 0 tonnes of CO₂ by 2030.

→ You can read more figures, such as emissions per scope, in our report for the CO₂ performance ladder.


With investments in electric equipment, such as an electric truck, electric asphalt roller, electric mixer combination and electric caterpillar crane, activities on construction sites emit less and less CO₂. Other investments include making our own offices and workshops in Sittard and Berkhout more sustainable. These have been fitted with solar panels and are disconnected from gas.

By 2040, Ballast Nedam wants to be energy-neutral, with all the energy it needs being generated sustainably itself through wind turbines and solar panels. To achieve this goal, Ballast Nedam set up a Virtual Power Plant (VPP) in 2022. The aim of the VPP is initially to supply excess power from its own solar roofs to other Ballast Nedam office and/or business locations. This makes Ballast Nedam less dependent on the energy market. After all, less volume of power needs to be purchased and sold. It encourages us to use our own power as much as possible and to respond to peak loads. This allows us to contribute to the energy transition in the Netherlands.

With these results and investments, Ballast Nedam is well on its way to achieving its objectives on time.

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