High Tech Campus Eindhoven has set itself an ambitious goal: to become the most sustainable Campus in Europe by 2025. In the coming years they will be turning this dream into reality by implementing their sustainability roadmap, proving that love of innovation and love of the environment can go together. Everybody is invited to participate.
And it’s not just idle talk. Campus Site Management has designed a roadmap with several key performance indicators (KPI’s) to measure their sustainable progress. The most promising goals of the roadmap: operating CO2 neutral by 2025 and reducing the use of fossil fuels with 50% by 2030. ‘We are creating the first sustainability benchmark for campuses,’ says Anne van Wijchen, Purchase and Contract manager at HTCE Site Management. ‘It’s our hope that other campuses around the world will follow suit and start using our benchmark model as well.’
In the eyes of Campus Site Management sustainability is a holistic vision that includes the environment, the workplace and breakthrough innovations. ‘Sustainability is more than just solar panels on the roof,’ says Hilde de Vocht, Director Communications and Marketing at HTCE. ‘A healthy and great place to work with motivated, dynamic employees is just as much a part of our sustainability plans.’
That’s why HTCE has divided its sustainable ambitions into three strategic pillars: ‘environmental friendly’, ‘great place to work’ and ‘accelerate innovations’. It’s like a three-stage rocket intended to make High Tech Campus Eindhoven not only the most sustainable, but also the smartest and most desirable campus to work. ‘The pillars strengthen each other,’ says Hilde de Vocht. ‘If we can build and accelerate successful start-ups, all the workers feel proud and happy. And if we can help them connect to other companies, they will want to help us by contributing to our sustainable initiatives.’
In line with the Eindhoven region’s knack for cooperation and mutual trust, the Campus strongly relies on help and participation from both its suppliers and tenants in achieving its sustainability goals. Companies operating outside the Campus are also invited to contribute. ‘Everyone can participate, as long as their business does not directly compete with our own suppliers and tenants,’ says Anne van Wijchen.