Social role of a.s.r.

Environmental footprint

Carbon footprint a.s.r. head office
a.s.r. intends to be a good steward of nature and the environment by preventing waste and limiting negative impacts. a.s.r. puts special focus on its carbon footprint, which comes in two varieties:
• Indirect footprint, as a result of investment activities; 
• Direct footprint, due to its own activities.

The direct carbon footprint of a.s.r. itself is limited and therefore not defined as a material theme by the management of a.s.r. and its stakeholders when it comes to impact on the environment and its business. However, a.s.r. thinks it is important to pay attention to its own footprint to set a good example as a responsible organisation and limit its negative impact on the environment. a.s.r. therefore sets the ambition to become 100% carbon-neutral by 2020.

Direct carbon footprint
The direct footprint of a.s.r. head office consists of waste, fuel, heat, electricity, cooling, commuter travel and business travel¹. In 2017, a.s.r. sought to reduce its direct footprint by 2% compared to 2016. This target is not achieved; the total footprint increased by 0.2%². When looking at the emissions per FTE, emissions remained more or less the same compared to 2016.

The scope 1 emissions decreased by 194 tonnes of CO2-equivalent, mainly due to the use of fewer and more economical lease cars and the reduced use of natural gas. However, the scope 3 emissions increased by 210 tonnes of CO2-equivalent. This is due to an increase in commuter traffic in kilometres, with car use increasing
proportionally (compared to, for example, public transport use).

With a reduction of 6.8%, the target of achieving a 5% reduction in emissions from the a.s.r. fleet was achieved.
As mentioned above, this is due to the use of fewer and more economical lease cars. Translated into kilometres,
the reduction of carbon emissions is 21.9% per kilometre.

undefined      

¹ 87% of all lease cars are allocated to head office.
² In 2017, a new more accurate calculation method was used, resulting in an increase in the total footprint of 3.65% compared to 2016. In order to be able to compare results with previous year, the results for 2016 have been recalculated in this overview on the basis of the new calculation method and adjusted emission factors for 2017 for waste and mobility.
³ This includes the fossil fuel consumption of all a.s.r. lease cars.

Environmental performance a.s.r. head office

a.s.r. strives for continuous improvement of energy performance and prevention of energy consumption. It has signed the "long-term energy efficiency agreement" (covenant between companies and national government (MYA3)). The ambition of a.s.r. is to reduce 30% energy consumption in the period 2005 - 2020 and reduce 30% CO2 emissions. This ambition has now been adjusted upwards to 60% in the period 2005 - 2020. a.s.r. has an Energy Effciënty Plan (EEP). The EEP provides insight into the EEP period 2017 - 2020 in the energetic situation and the saving options of a.s.r. The EEP is an instrument for planning measures and is an important part of the sustainability and strategic policy of a.s.r.

The a.s.r. Energy Efficiency Plan.

undefined

undefined

Energy consumption

a.s.r. has undertaken the following measures to reduce its carbon emissions:
• MYA3: achieved 4.1% energy¹ savings in 2017, compared to 2016. A 30% energy efficiency improvement under the MYA3 covenant 2005-2020 was achieved back in 2014;
• a.s.r. achieved further savings, 4.9% kWh in 2017, by reducing the energy consumption of the in-house data centre. In 2018, energy consumption will be further reduced by replacing equipment of the Data Centre with more energy-efficient units;
• The building’s energy efficiency label is A++ and the building was awarded a BREEAM Excellent rating;
• In 2017, electricity use was offset by the use of Swedish wind energy, using emission factor zero.

Emissions are compensated via ‘Trees for all’² credits in 2017.

undefined

undefined

Thermal energy storage

To conserve energy in the Utrecht head office, a.s.r. uses Long-Term Energy Storage (Dutch acronym: LTEO). The advantages of this system are that it is energy-efficient, comes with low energy costs, is extremely environmentally friendly, has a long service life and is reliable (because of a small number of moving parts).

¹ Usage of electricity and gas

² Gold Standard Project Bolivia: Compensation via Gold Standard certificates stands for the amount of CO2 that the forest holds. Trees are planted if necessary, but compensation also takes place by the conservation

Mobility
Mobility (business travel and commuter travel) accounts for a major proportion of a.s.r.’s carbon footprint. In 2017,
fossil fuel consumption made up 96% of a.s.r.’s total carbon footprint.

In 2017, mobility at a.s.r. can be broken down as follows:

undefined