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Input CSRD and WPM: Do you know how much CO2 you emit with your construction logistics?

  • 13 May 2024
  • 5 min

On 1 January 2024, the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive, or CSRD for short, went into effect. This legislation will be followed by the WPM, the reporting requirement work-related people mobility, on 1 July 2024. 

The CSRD and the WPM together mean that construction companies have to report on the CO2 emissions of their construction logistics. But what exactly can you do to reduce this administrative burden?

The CSRD is the first European law to come into force under Frans Timmermans' Green Deal. The CSRD states that large, listed companies must report on their sustainability. Not only about their own impact on people, environment and climate, but also about the impact of the entire chain in which they operate. Companies must now also identify the environmental, climate and human rights impacts of both their suppliers and their customers. In the construction industry, for example, this involves the emissions of suppliers in both the production and transport of building materials. As reporting obligated companies collect information from their suppliers and customers, almost all companies face these sustainability reports.

WPM: reporting obligation work-related mobility of persons

In addition to the CSRD, there is also the WPM, the work-related person mobility reporting obligation. This regulation takes effect on 1 July 2024 and requires companies with more than 100 employees to report on employees' business travel and commuting. Companies must report on the total number of kilometres travelled in a calendar year, broken down by type of transport and fuel type. In construction, this involves the transport of building materials to the construction site, or construction logistics.

WPM: reporting obligation work-related mobility of persons

In addition to the CSRD, there is also the WPM, the work-related person mobility reporting obligation. This regulation takes effect on 1 July 2024 and requires companies with more than 100 employees to report on employees' business travel and commuting. Companies must report on the total number of kilometres travelled in a calendar year, broken down by type of transport and fuel type. In construction, this involves the transport of building materials to the construction site, or construction logistics.

Ook kleine bedrijven moeten rapporteren 

Velen zullen denken ‘mijn bedrijf is niet CSRD-plichtig, dus dit geldt niet voor mij’. De kans is echter groot dat je wel onderaannemer bent van een CSRD-plichtig bouwbedrijf. De hoofdaannemer zal dan bij jou informatie ophalen rondom duurzaamheid, om zo te voldoen aan de regelgeving. Dat betekent dat veel bouwbedrijven, van groot tot klein, te maken krijgen met een extra administratieve druk door de rapportageverplichting.

CO2 emissions during transport

To reduce this administration burden, ICT Incore has developed a tool to map CO2 emissions from transports. This functionality is part of the Supply Chain Portal, a cloud application that allows partners in the chain to control their logistics operations in an integrated way. The Portal has a planning engine (capacity and resources) and a workflow engine (control of processes). Planning and coordination of construction logistics between all parties in the chain, such as main contractors, subcontractors and suppliers, takes place in the Portal. The Portal is already in use at several companies, including construction company Heijmans. 

The Portal offers functionalities such as ordering and cancelling materials, scheduling deliveries, efficiently handling goods receipt and reporting delays. The dispatch and final location of transports are therefore already registered in the Supply Chain Portal. Based on vehicle type and fuel type, the number of kilometres driven are translated into the corresponding CO2 emissions.

Hardly any extra work; but compliant

Whereas almost all CSRD-compliant companies scratch their heads over how they are going to comply with their reporting obligations, construction companies using the Supply Chain Portal do not worry. After all, emission registration takes place almost entirely automatically, based on shipping and delivery location. All you have to do is enter what type of vehicle is coming (fuel type), so the Portal can translate the kilometres driven into CO2 emissions. 

Wondering how that works in practice? If so, please read the case study on Heijmans here

Want to know more about the Supply Chain Portal?

Please contact our colleague Madeleine!

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