(PRESS RELEASE) HEERLEN, the Netherlands, 21-Feb-2020 — /EuropaWire/ — APG signed up with Anders Reizen to cut its own carbon footprint to half. Anders Reizen is a coalition of some 50 organizations with the common ambition of halving carbon emissions from business travel by 2030 (compared to 2016). APG plans to make use of the experience of other companies to halve the emissions of its own business travel per employee by 2030.
Business travel refers to commuting and other travel used by the employer, including air travel.
More sustainable travel
“As a large, sustainable and responsible investor we must of course do the same as what we expect of other companies. We’re simply not sustainable enough yet. That’s why we’ll be adjusting our mobility policy this year. Translated into practice this means reducing car use by encouraging the use of public transport and taking a critical look at our parking policy, for example. We plan to make the lease car fleet more sustainable, and to reduce the amount of air travel. This might mean that some employees have to change how they commute.
“We want to avoid unnecessary travel as much as possible, both at home and abroad. Merging our Amsterdam locations into one modern, energy-neutral building near Sloterdijk station is in itself a step in the right direction – for the environment, but it also in the considerable saving in accommodation expenses,” commented APG CEO, Gerard van Olphen.
APG has around 3,000 employees in total, many of whom work in Heerlen and Amsterdam, and some in New York and Hong Kong. APG recognizes its potential to make mobility more sustainable. With the signing of the ‘Dutch Business Sustainable Mobility Pledge’, APG marks the starting point to also fulfil its social responsibility through its own mobility policy.
“For APG, pension means more than money alone. We take responsibility for securing a good income for our parents and our children. Now, and in the near and distant future. And we want them to enjoy that income in a pleasant, liveable world,” added Van Olphen.