CSR report 2016

The carbon footprint

Relation to the climate summit in Paris

Beter Bed Holding has made reducing the CO2 emissions per m2 of sales floor surface a top priority since 2010 and as a result it has reduced its footprint by 20% over the past years. Beter Bed Holding aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by using energy sources necessary for its operations sparingly. Greenhouse gas emissions are calculated using indicators from the GHG Protocol; greenhouse gases are reported in kg of CO2.

As the tables with conversion factors from the GHG Protocol are only completed for CO2, the company has opted not to report on other greenhouse gases such as CH4 and N2O.

CO2 emissions

CO2 emissions totalled 14,361 tonnes in 2016; a decrease of 28.1% compared to 2015. This decrease was achieved primarily through efforts in the field of electricity. The primary contribution to this reduction was provided by Matratzen Concord which switched to green electricity in Germany in October 2015, resulting in a 95% decrease in CO2 emissions in that country. Beter Bed The Netherlands, also made an important contribution towards achieving this result by reducing CO2 emissions in the stores by 698 tonnes since 2014 due to the remodellings.

CO2 emissions (tonnes)

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

Natural gas

6,296

6,087

6,090

7,935

7,013

Fuel oil

1,766

1,638

1,703

2,055

2,007

Diesel

1,554

1,275

1,361

1,261

1,389

Electricity

3,013

9,153

11,741

12,066

12,731

Air travel

38

38

29

24

35

Commute travel

1,694

1,773

1,672

1,704

1,823

Total

14,361

19,964

22,596

25,045

24,998

CO2 emissions (tonnes)

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

Direct emissions (scope 1)

9,616

9,000

9,154

11,251

10,409

Indirect emissions (scope 2)

3,013

9,153

11,741

12,066

12,731

Other emissions (scope 3)

1,732

1,811

1,701

1,728

1,858

Total

14,361

19,964

22,596

25,045

24,998

Scope 1: Direct emissions

The CO2 emissions directly produced by Beter Bed Holding amount to 9,616 tonnes. This is approximately 67% of the total emissions. Direct emissions are primarily caused by heating buildings using natural gas.

Scope 1 (tonnes of CO2)

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

Natural gas

6,296

6,087

6,090

7,935

7,013

Fuel oil

1,766

1,638

1,703

2,055

2,007

Diesel

1,554

1,275

1,361

1,261

1,389

Total

9,616

9,000

9,154

11,251

10,409

Some stores in Germany, Austria and Switzerland are heated using fuel oil. Data on fuel oil is only a rough estimate. This is due, on the one hand, to the fact that stores do not purchase fuel oil themselves, rather it is included in the rent. On the other hand, periodic consumption is difficult to measure as large tanks are filled with oil without the use of gauges. For the sake of completeness, it has been decided to report CO2 emissions on the basis of estimated fuel oil consumption.

CO2 emissions from diesel can be attributed to the delivery of goods in the Netherlands.


Scope 2: Indirect emissions related to electricity

Indirect CO2 emissions are emissions for which the organisation is responsible but which it does not produce itself. Scope 2 emissions refer to CO2 emissions produced by electricity suppliers. Electricity consumption is responsible for 3,013 tonnes of CO2, which amounts to 21% of the total carbon footprint.

12% of the excessive decrease in CO2 emission was caused by reduced energy consumption. 88% of the decrease was caused by the transition to sustainable energy in Germany.

Scope 2 (tonnes of CO2)

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

Electricity

3,013

9,153

11,741

12,066

12,731


Scope 3: Other indirect greenhouse gas emissions

Other indirect emissions are caused by staff transport. These are responsible for 1,732 tonnes of CO2, which is equal to 12% of the total carbon footprint.

Scope 3 (tonnes of CO2)

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

Air travel

38

38

29

24

35

Commute travel

1,694

1,773

1,672

1,704

1,823

Total

1,732

1,811

1,701

1,728

1,858

CO2 intensity

CO2 emissions per FTE have fallen by 49% over the past five years, from 10,767 kg to 5,539 kg per FTE. The emissions per FTE are equal to 66% of the emissions of a Dutch household.

CO2 emissions per m2 of store floor surface has decreased by 44% since 2010, from 62 kg to 35 kg per m2.

CO2 intensity

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

Kg CO2 per FTE

5,539

8,251

9,520

10,478

10,229

Kg CO2 per m2

35

50

55

57

58


The aforementioned can be represented as follows: