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Following the Climate Change Conference “COP 21” Bopro engaged itself to the renewed United Nations Sustainable Development Goals linked to our projects.
Bopro has defined its own 6 SDGs based on dialogues with our stakeholders captured in the materiality matrix.
Defining our own SDGs demands a commitment, both within our organisation and the projects we assist.
As no other, Bopro knows that partly due to the projects it manages it can make a difference in the long term.
Bopro triggers its clients to maximise the positive contribution of their project by applying its services.
Together with our clients we can make the difference on these goals!
11. SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES
Through consultation of various stakeholders and experts, we developed a method for integrating sustainable design into masterplanning. Envisioning futureproof & healthy cities, we focus on sustainability, flexibility and multimodal accessibility. Assisted by BREEAM’s holistic approach, we consider the bigger picture, e.g. circular economy, smart grids…
At project level, we apply the method that we have developed to integrate sustainable design in the masterplan of a project from the very start. We do this by consulting various stakeholders and experts at the beginning. With futureproof and healthy cities in mind, we focus on sustainability, flexibility and multimodal access. Assisted by the holistic BREEAM approach, we oversee the complete picture of the development. And that also includes the circular economy, the smart grids, etc.
Within the framework of this goal, Bopro has reorganised its office spaces. Internally, Bopro is striving to improve the health and wellbeing of its employees. By adapting the various rooms to the type of work by means of decoration, a code of conduct, etc. we are not only improving their mental condition, but we are also reducing the stress factors which in turn leads to increased productivity.
7. AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY
For this goal, we above all want to reduce energy consumption by increasing awareness and efficiency both amongst our own employees and our clients. In addition to our own goal to be a carbon neutral organisation by 2020, externally we also recommend the use of renewable energy.
To achieve this goal internally, we focus on Bopro, the carbon neutral organisation. In 2009 we started with the first measurements. On the basis of the data collected, we have set ourselves the target of becoming a carbon neutral organisation by 2020. Within the organisation this also meant raising awareness about energy and gas. We renovated our offices in a carbon neutral way by using heat pumps that work on renewable electricity produced locally by Ecopower. Bopro still promotes transport by train and bicycle through the STOP principle (Bopro makes folding bikes available to all its employees). Thanks to an initial replacement of the fleet of cars, the amount of CO2 has dropped sharply and quickly, but that is still insufficient to achieve our goal. To achieve that goal in the short term, we have compensated Bopro’s carbon emissions by buying CO2 credits by means of socio-economic projects. To this end, we have been collaborating with CO2logic since 2016. In the long term, we will further reduce our own carbon emissions.
13. CLIMATE ACTION
As a company, we have endorsed the COP21 goals and undertake to take action at Bopro to combat global warming. We support the Belgian delegation that is striving for a global, legally binding climate treaty.
9. INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE
As a pioneer in sustainable development, we incessantly look for innovation for our clients and we also keep trying to reinvent ourselves in this area. Thus, we strive to offer the best solutions for each project on a constantly changing market.
Internally, our focus on innovation is supported by the introduction of ‘Champions’ within the organisation. They assist the innovation process within their domain. Within the context of that same goal, an “innovation room” is being set up and within the framework of realising the PPS Blue Gate Antwerp, a partnership was entered into with iCleantech Vlaanderen and CIFAL whereby we are looking for connections with knowledge institutions to put the circular economy into practice in our sector.
12: ENSURE SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION PATTERNS
The construction sector is globally responsible for approximately 1/2 of extracted resources, and 1/3 of created waste, used water and CO2-emissions. In other words, the way we build our buildings and treat our materials has an important impact on the preservation of natural resources and combatting climate change.
Sustainable construction practices rely on the principles of the circular economy, where waste is minimalized and products, components and materials are used at the highest utility. Bopro investigates circular construction and business models and seeks cooperations with its clients. We help them implement new and innovative ways of defining a building program, improving the construction process, sourcing materials, re-using and recycling used materials and treating waste streams,..
With our engagement in the Green Deal Circulair Aankopen from the Flemish Government, we show our commitment to invest in a new construction economy and support our clients in this transitio
17. PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS
We promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships. By collaborating with all stakeholders, we realize shared sustainable goals.
Within the framework of this goal, at project level we promote public, public-private and midfield partnerships. Only by cooperating with all the stakeholders can shared sustainable goals be achieved and is this happing.
At Bopro we will refine our cooperation with (non-)governmental and private organisations to share both know-how and experience and thus boost the joint, sustainable goals.
In Q4 of 2017 goals will be set for each of the selected SDG’s. During the first semester we checked – in cocreation with all employees – the environmental, social and governmental risks for our organization. We checked which SDG’s covered the identified risks. The working area of the 6 SDG’s are for Bopro the most relevant to work on in order to manage the identified risks.
A limited set of stimulating, long term objectives will be set in Q4 in order to develop an authentic storyline for Bopro and define adequate KPI’s and actions.
The high level strategic objectives according to the SDG’s are set for the developments Blue Gate Antwerp and Ecowijk. The translation into concrete actions on community and building level will be defined during the second semester.
Bopro intends to use the SDGs in competitions as the base of the development process. This was the case for
Both competitions are still in progress.
The principles of the circular economy seems to be a good guidance to cope with the challenges that are the consequence of working with the SDG’s. This will be further evaluated by the working group on circular economy.
On April 25th of 2017 Bopro has lead a seminar – together with Spryg, a professional organizer of seminars and network events – on Sustainable Real Estate. The topics covered were based on de SDGs. The objective was to get the SDG’s better known and try to convince Real Estate players to implement the Sustainable Development Goals into their strategy and daily operations.