The environmental footprint
The organisation has been aware for a considerable number of years that the environmental footprint of Beter Bed Holding contributes to global warming. Beter Bed Holding has already been working successfully for many years to reduce its environmental footprint. An energy audit was carried out at Matratzen Concord in Germany in 2015. Lessons from this audit will be put into practice throughout the organisation. Following implementation of the lessons learned, these audits will also be performed in the other business units.
Since 2012, the organisation has put forward proposals to improve performance in CSR. Some improvements proposed and implemented in an effort to save energy include:
- The central and timer-managed lighting.
- The management of energy meters to take specific location-based measures.
- The use of LED lighting in electronic signs at sites.
- The purchase of new lorries to the higher European standard (Euro 6).
Beter Bed Holding does not measure the direct effects of energy-saving projects or investments in energy-saving devices.
The largest sources of energy of Beter Bed Holding are electricity and natural gas, using 105 terajoules (2014: 111) and 102 terajoules (2014: 102) respectively. The trend in energy consumption over the past few years is as follows:
Energy consumption (TJ)