At Visser & Smit Bouw we are very conscious that our activities can have a great influence on the environment. The protection of the environment and our children’s future is also our responsibility. Emissions, waste streams, used raw materials, energy and other environmental aspects… our environmental management system helps us to control and reduce the environmental impact of our operations. The system is NEN-EN-ISO-14001:2004 and is certified at Level 4 on the CO2-Performance ladder and is periodically tested by independent bodies.

Energy and Carbon Footprint

At Visser & Smit Bouw we believe that sustainable projects are delivered by sustainable companies. To prove ourselves as a sustainable builder, we have been monitoring our energy use since 2009. The result: a significant reduction in energy consumption and carbon emissions. In addition, we work with clients and suppliers to reduce carbon emissions throughout the chain by smart choices in materials, planning, installations and construction methods.

C02 performance ladder

CO2-Performance ladder

Our initiatives in carbon reduction are bearing fruit. In 2010, Visser & Smit Bouw stood on the third rung of the CO2-Performance ladder, by 2011 we were already on the fourth. Since 2013 we have combined our strengths with the Real Estate Development department (BVGO) of VolkerWessels on the CO2-Performance ladder.

Insight & Reduction

The transition to optimum sustainable practice takes time. There are still many challenges. We are more than happy to illustrate our ambitions and provide transparency about our progress in carbon emission reductions.


The carbon emissions of Visser & Smit Bouw from 2009 to 2016 are indicated below.


Visser & Smit Bouw has a carbon reduction target of 5% per year on achieved revenue compared to the base year of 2011. Our historical progress is illustrated in the figures below.


Our vision and sustainability goals go hand in hand with those of our parent company VolkerWessels. We share the same objectives and publish all our information and figures in the sustainability report of VolkerWessels.


Most of our carbon emissions are generated through fuel and energy usage of our vehicle fleet. The following initiatives should contribute to a significant reduction in emissions: Further greening of the leasing scheme, implementation of the 'Het Nieuwe Rijden' scheme, greening of aggregates and proactively engaging with the Energiebewuste Bouwplaats (Energy-conscious construction) and the Duurzame Bouwplaats (Sustainable sites) initiatives. This means, for example, the use of a sustainable supply chain and smarter transport to and from the construction site.


Are you looking for further information or have you any specific questions? Please feel free to contact our Energy Manager.