DELTA Fiber wants to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in its supply chain

26 January 2024

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DELTA Fiber has drawn up near-term sustainability targets with which it makes a concrete contribution to achieving the climate goals of the UN Paris Climate Agreement. The company’s main objective is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in its value chain by 55%. The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) has reviewed the targets and found that they correspond to reductions required to limit global warming to 1.5°C.

The majority of DELTA Fiber's emissions are caused by its supply chain. In 2023, in order to reduce carbon emissions, the company set up a pilot with fifteen suppliers on their performance and targets to map these emissions. DELTA Fiber has divided its suppliers into different maturity levels and engages with them in an appropriate manner, i.e. appropriate to their maturity level. For example, on raising awareness and introducing a carbon report to more advanced methods for measurement and setting targets. DELTA Fiber wants to sit down with the largest suppliers to reduce their CO2 emissions.

The total package of climate objectives that DELTA Fiber has set itself and that the SBTi has tested:

    • A 50 percent reduction in DELTA Fiber's measured greenhouse gas emissions in 2030 compared to the base year of 2022 (scope 1 and 2).
    • Continuing to actively purchase 100 percent green energy until at least 2030 (scope 2).
    • A 55 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions across the value chain compared to the number of active home connections within the same timeframe (scope 3). This main goal in particular is very ambitious, because it concerns DELTA Fiber's share of the value chain per connection. This is a major objective for which a great deal of work still needs to be done.

Marco Visser, CEO of DELTA Fiber: "It fits well with DELTA Fiber's ambitious attitude to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than half in its value chain. I think it's important that our sustainability goals make a substantial contribution. That's why we asked the SBTi to test these goals."

To achieve its goals, DELTA Fiber is improving all kinds of processes and working methods and taking energy-saving measures. For example, DELTA Fiber's new lease car policy came into effect in January 2023, which means that all new lease cars are electric. This is an important step towards the full electrification of the lease fleet by 2028. To reduce natural gas consumption in the offices the company rents, it works with its property owners to more energy-efficient or smart solutions. For example, DELTA Fiber has installed an electric heat pump in its office in Vlissingen and introduced a system in which residual heat from the test lab is reused in part of the building itself instead of being discharged to the outside. DELTA Fiber will also continue to lease green energy until at least 2030.

The SBTi website lists the companies that are taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. DELTA Fiber has been added to that list. You can view this list here.