CO2 management

CO2 management

In the industrial sector, there is still much progress to be made in the areas of energy saving, the efficient use of materials and renewable energy. The same applies to Smulders. By working on practical measures, innovations and sharing knowledge, both within the organisation and in the sector, we efficiently achieve substantial CO₂ reduction.

It is important to efficiently achieve substantial CO₂ reduction with all our stakeholders!

Insight makes a company aware of its own CO₂ performance, the risks and opportunities that its own CO₂ emissions cause.


Insight provides us with information that we can use to formulate effective objectives and measures to reduce CO₂ emissions. This is what communication and cooperation should focus on.

Perspective A encourages companies to know their own CO₂ emissions, as well as that of others in the chain. The company realises continuous improvement in the depth, scope and efficiency of insight and the quality of the emission inventory.

Smulders has a detailed up-to-date emissions inventory for the CO₂ emissions caused by its operations. We are thinking in particular of electricity and heating, in addition to a few smaller CO₂ sources. The historical data on CO₂ emissions are also included here.

In addition, Smulders has also listed all indirect CO₂ emissions.

These are emissions caused by suppliers, contractors and customers who enter the chain before and after Smulders. The summary is contained in our Scope 3 Analysis. A number of important CO₂ sources of in the chain have been worked out in more detail:

  1. Steel chain analysis
  2. Coating chain analysis
  3. Transport chain analysis

The analyses as well as the historical data on CO₂ emissions can be found under our CSR Publications.


Reduction creates opportunities for reducing energy consumption and CO₂ emissions, and promotes cooperation in the chain so that the most efficient options for reduction in the chain are tackled.


The company realises continuous improvement of the efficiency of measures, in setting and achieving goals and demonstrating progress on objectives and measures. This is included in the Energy Management Plan.

For the CO₂ emissions caused by Smulders itself, concrete actions are defined that lead directly to the reduction of these emissions.

Only a limited number of emissions in the chain can directly be affected by Smulders. This is more about cooperation with chain partners (suppliers, contractors, customers) to reduce the total CO₂ emissions in the chain.

By means of Transparency, a company stimulates the creative involvement of its employees, companies know about each other’s efforts, and a company can be called to account by others for its ambitions and progress.


The company realises continuous improvement in the depth and distribution of communication and in the processing of input from internal and external stakeholders.

Smulders works on building support within the company to look for more effective energy and CO₂ reduction measures. The employees of Smulders know their daily work inside out and often come up with ideas of their own to save energy. They are encouraged to submit any suggestions for improvement.

Smulders knows which external stakeholders may have an interest in energy and CO₂ reduction within the company. The communication enables external parties to form a critical opinion about the company’s efforts and to benchmark. 

Smulders also maintains a dialogue with governmental and NGOs about its CO₂ reduction objective and strategy. Part of this is the commitment of Smulders to the Charter for Sustainable Entrepreneurship of the Province of Antwerp and VOKA Mechelen.

More information is available on our Development Objectives page.

Through Participation a company demonstrates that it invests in cooperation, sharing its own knowledge and using knowledge developed elsewhere whenever possible.


On the one hand, Smulders itself works on developing new techniques and projects that, after elaboration, can be applied within the sector in order to achieve a major reduction in CO₂ emissions within the sector. 

On the other hand Smulders promotes the use of less adopted but proven techniques which lead to a CO₂ emission reduction.

Our communication forms with a description of the development process or reduction programme can be found under CSR Publications.