Our construction and development operations help our clients deliver on their sustainability ambitions. This includes BREEAM projects with various levels of certification. Our in-house BREEAM experts collaborate with external advisers and consult with clients to determine sustainability targets. Furthermore, we have experience in merging several standards, such as GPR and WELL, and obtaining applicable government subsidies.
We only use renewable HVO100 diesel to power non-electric equipment and generators. This diesel is made from hydrotreated vegetable oil, including used cooking oil and animal fat from food industry waste, rather than petroleum. We have already reduced our onsite carbon emissions by 89% thanks to HVO100. We can also report a significant reduction in nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions. This equates to a 250,000 kg decrease in CO2 emissions per year!
Electric Volvo wheel loaders
In partnership with C-rental, we have recently expanded our machinery with several brand-new Volvo L25 Electric wheel loaders. Ultra-modern, all-electric technology with an impressive performance, without emitting a single puff of CO2. Green and powerful. This helps expand development opportunities in densely populated places, near Natura 2000 conservation areas and in noise-sensitive locations.
A new lease of life
Circular construction is becoming increasingly important. This is unquestionably a step in the right direction. We recently worked on a project for UBQ, an innovative company that has discovered a way to recycle non-recyclable household waste, and we proposed reusing old plasterboard from demolished buildings. We ended up repurposing 1,000 m2 of obsolete plasterboard with the help of Van der Wiel Complete Afbouw and Knauf, resulting in the use of fewer new building materials and significantly lowering the project's overall environmental impact.
Circular approach for BlueCity circular hubBlueCity, the leading circular economy hub in the Netherlands, chose Cordeel to renovate its outdoor space. For this project, we focused on minimising our carbon footprint. We used steel from a decommissioned North Sea gas platform and incorporated recycled wooden beams and underlayment. The benches and window frames were made in our own carpentry workshop, and the doors came from our storage facility. A uniquely sustainable approach thanks, in part, to the quick thinking of our in-house real estate service team.
Solar frame for onsite solar powerAll site huts need an electricity supply. We launched a pilot at our Vlissingen location to make our site accommodation less reliant on grid connections and generators. A site hut has been fitted with a robust frame incorporating solar panels. A Custom Containers innovation, the solar frame ensures that site accommodation can be supplied directly with green electricity. As the solar panels are fitted securely to the frame, they can be readily dismantled and transported. The panels can be fitted in different directions, resulting in optimal orientation for electricity generation per location. Ultimately, we want to fit solar frames to all unused site hut rooftops and further accelerate the energy transition.