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Sustainability at EVBox

Discover what's behind our commitment to powering our sustainable future as we strive for net-zero targets and reducing our carbon footprint.

1. Our commitment to a sustainable future

Words from our CEO

"At EVBox, our vision is clear: to build a world where electric mobility is the new normal. We've made it our mission to empower society's transition to cleaner mobility with our all-in-one charging solutions. But we know our solutions alone are not enough. That's why we are committed to conducting business in a way that balances economic, social, and environmental sustainability factors in harmony. Because only then can we build a truly sustainable future."

— Remco Samuels, CEO EVBox

Our guiding principles

1. We advance transport electrification through responsible operations

By 2025, all major vehicle markets will have surpassed the 16% tipping point for mass passenger EV adoption, marking the completion of the first phase of the mobility transition. By bringing charging stations to market, EVBox contributes to advancing transport electrification and driving toward a zero-emission future. Alongside this, we operate in strict alignment with all relevant legislation, existing standards, and universal sustainability and ethics principles.

2. We cultivate sustainability across all areas

We take full ownership of our impact by measuring our carbon footprint. Through innovative product design and manufacturing processes, we actively reduce emissions, waste, and natural resource consumption. We pilot new materials and consistently strive for superior waste management practices.

3. We demand supply chain excellence

We drive excellence throughout our supply chain by setting stringent performance benchmarks and implementing targeted programs. To help build a cohesive network of responsible practices, our suppliers are expected to not only comply with our new Code of Conduct but to also communicate the same principles and expectations to their own suppliers, encouraging them to adopt similar, if not more ambitious standards, such as EVBox Net Zero Standards for EVBox Suppliers. Our intention is to foster a collaborative environment where we can work together to implement the outlined expectations and collectively drive positive change. 

We have multiple areas of focus to promote sustainability throughout our operations. One aspect involves ensuring the repurposing and recycling of any obsolete stock. From our partnership with Drake & Farrell to increase value chain circularity to tracking our emissions throughout our supply chain, we work together with suppliers to make better choices. Additionally, our OneChargerTwoLives initiative connects customers and technical schools to prolong the end-of-life phase for charging stations.

4. We empower sustainable choices

We encourage employees to use public transport, share transportation, or work from home to avoid commuting emissions (EVBox Travel Policy). We hold virtual events and support a hybrid working model (WFH Policy). We organize internal events which are vegetarian or vegan and at our GoWest HQ we have teamed up with WeCanteen to deliver an environmentally conscious cafeteria for our employees and guests.

5. We take responsibility and action

We set internal targets as well as public goals. We also continuously enhance our Corporate Sustainability strategy and performance. We transparently monitor and report on our progress annually. We address electric mobility topics that matter during our REVOLUTION Live series where industry experts discuss sustainable growth in our global path to zero emissions. To work towards a better industry, EVBox co-founded ChargeUp Europe, an association working towards an expeditious and effortless rollout of EV charging infrastructure in Europe.

EVBox values: Passionate, Human, and Reliable presented at our new brand reveal event in 2023

2. External pledges & certifications

In line with our commitments, we have pledged and signed two important climate initiatives: the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and the European Climate Pact. We have also received a number of certifications and awards in recognition of our sustainability actions as set out below.

The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi)

SBTi is a collaboration between the Climate Disclosure Project, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute, and the World Wide Fund for Nature that provides companies with a framework to set science-based emissions reduction targets.

EVBox is committed to achieving Net Zero emissions by 2050 and has recently been accepted to be a part of the Science Based Targets Initiative. We are setting emission reduction targets for the short- and long-term, aiming to reduce emissions by half by 2030. In the coming years, our primary focus will be to eliminate emissions in our operations and reduce emissions across our value chain. Discover other SBTi companies taking action here.

CEOs of 10 Dutch companies committing to net-zero GHG emissions by 2050 (photo by Aad van Vliet)

The European Climate Pact

The European Climate Pact is an initiative by the European Commission that aims to engage citizens, organizations, and communities in the fight against climate change. The Pact is part of the European Green Deal and is helping the EU to meet its goal to become climate neutral by 2050.

EVBox pledges to continue innovating and engaging constructively with the EV ecosystem, civil society, and policy makers to accelerate the adoption of electric mobility as part of a multimodal transport system to enable a zero-emission future.

Activities in this pledge involve investments and innovations in clean technology to drive emissions reduction in the transportation sector. Furthermore, we’re proud to note that our EVBox representative in Brussels serves as the European Climate Pact Ambassador. In this role, they play a crucial part in informing, inspiring, and providing support for climate policies and related initiatives. Learn more about our submission here.

The European Commission’s Declaration on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men in the Transport Sector

Launched on November 27, 2017 by members of the Women in Transport - EU Platform, the declaration seeks to strengthen women's employment and equal opportunities for women and men in the transport sector. Participating organizations are dedicated to improving female representation within the industry and share their actions for equal opportunities.

In 2023, EVBox became a signatory of this Declaration, aligning with our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) principles. We are committed to taking down structural barriers that stand in the way of our employees and taking action that will create long-lasting change for the future of our industry. Moreover, we also aim for our executive management team, board, and supervisory board to be comprised of no more than 60% of individuals of the same gender by 2028.

You can access the complete text of the Declaration by following this link.

During our Gender Inclusion event, our CEO Remco Samuels signed the European Commission’s Declaration on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men in the Transport Sector.

EcoVadis business sustainability rating 

EcoVadis is a renowned business sustainability rating that reviews businesses across areas critical to achieving sustainability goals, such as Environment, Labor & Human Rights, Ethics, and Sustainable Procurement. It rates performance by assessing a company’s policies, actions, and results, as well as inputs from third-party professionals and external stakeholders. 

In 2023, EVBox was awarded the EcoVadis gold medal rating in recognition of our sustainability actions. EVBox scored a total of 73 points and is in the top 1 percent of companies rated by EcoVadis in the ‘manufacture of other electrical equipment industry’ and the top 5 percent of all companies rated by EcoVadis.  

In 2022, EVBox conducted its first EcoVadis assessment, scoring 64 points and receiving the silver medal rating.

Excellent BREEAM-NL rating for HQ in Amsterdam 

BREEAM’s third-party certified standards are a world-leading, science-based suite of validation and certification systems for sustainable buildings. 

EVBox's headquarters (also known as GoWest) is a newly renovated multi-tenanted office building in Amsterdam that holds the BREEAM 'Excellent' sustainability certificate. Throughout its renovation, a wide range of sustainability features were integrated into the building to improve its performance. During the latest renovation of GoWest, all installations have been refurbished and solar panels have been installed to deliver an energy label of A+++. Emphasis was also placed on health and wellbeing, with a focus on delivering high-quality workspaces. 

The entrance of EVBox's headquarters in Amsterdam

EVBox's Integrated Management System

An Integrated Management System (IMS) integrates all an organization’s systems and processes into one complete framework, enabling an organization to work as a single unit with unified objectives.

EVBox has developed its Integrated Management System as per the requirements of the below and is certified towards these standards accordingly.

  • ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System
  • ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System
  • ISO 45001:2018 Occupational health and safety management system
  • ISO 27001:2013 Information security management system

Learn more about our management system certifications here.

3. Material topics and ambitions

In 2022, we conducted a double materiality assessment to identify the most important environmental, social, and economic priorities for EVBox.

A double materiality analysis is a methodology companies use to identify and estimate possible environmental, social, and governance (ESG) topics that might impact the business and how a company's actions affect people and the environment. Based on the outcome, a company knows which ESG-related issues are most important to address.

We conducted our double materiality assessment using internationally recognized frameworks such as the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and considered upcoming requirements from the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) and the European Sustainability Reporting Standards (ESRS). The outcome of the assessment has been validated by the executive management. Learn more about our materiality assessment methodology here.

The materiality assessment resulted in 12 material topics. Out of these, the below four topics were scored the highest and were identified as a priority for EVBox.

Discover more about our material topics

By 2050: We aim to achieve net-zero emissions.

To achieve this, we have committed to establishing Science Based Targets (SBTs) near-term 2030, meaning cutting our emissions by half by 2030 which is in line with a 1.5°C trajectory.

We act with suppliers to reduce emissions throughout our supply chain, from production to transport to waste management. We seek close collaboration with our supply chain and partners, including distribution and logistics to reduce our scope 3 footprint. To close the gap, EVBox's purchasing contracts with suppliers contain a CSR clause, a Code of Conduct for Suppliers, and a Net Zero Standard for suppliers.

By 2030, we aim to achieve:

  • 50% less use of virgin materials
  • 100% of products designed using circular principles
  • All packaging to be recyclable

By 2050, we aim to be 100% circular.

Collaboration is the key to success in the circular economy; therefore, we welcome innovative service models which extend or give our products second life.

Through our cooperation with partners like Drake & Farrell, we increase the circularity of our products by reusing and recycling our charging stations and their components.

Our partners repair faulty charging stations to their original state when possible, and diligently dismantle them when repair is not possible.

Whilst no second-hand charging stations will be resold, the charging stations themselves, or their spare parts and materials will then get a second life by being used to replace other charging stations in similar warranty cases. For parts that cannot be reused, the materials will be recycled and will find their way back into the economy in a new form, reducing waste and saving resources.

By doing so, over 50% of the charging stations can be successfully repaired and reused. For the remaining stations, parts and components could be successfully harvested to further improve customer support efforts and reduce environmental impact.

By 2024, we aim to identify the level of waste generation and current waste handling techniques.

By 2040, we aim to set a target in line with the waste hierarchy and have zero waste to landfill.

We focus on the following steps to maximize resource efficiency and minimize waste:

  1. Improve our understanding and data on resources and waste flows
  2. Rethink designs and processes to avoid environmental impact
  3. Extend lifetime and productivity of systems to maximize resource value
  4. Re-use resources within our own value chain to minimize waste streams
  5. Repair, refurbish, and harvest materials to give resources a new life and recycle if we can no longer reuse resources ourselves

We manage our waste through proper classification, separation, and safe disposal.

We are committed to reducing any waste which we need to produce and operate by increasing its re-use and by using sustainable alternatives wherever possible.

By 2025: we aim to identify the level of plastic pollution and set up a reduction plan.

In respect of our planet, we have pledged to continuously minimize our environmental impact by using more green materials in our products. This includes using a low carbon-footprint plastic called Makrolon® RE in our charging stations.

We use a Makrolon® RE grade with more than 70% bio-circular attributed feedstock, saving fossil resources and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

We replaced most of the plastics in EVBox Livo with Makrolon® RE including 100% of its plastic housing. This reduces the engineering plastic carbon footprint by more than 80% compared to the standard product.

4. Documentation

EVBox Impact Reports

Annual sustainability reports sharing information on EVBox’s environmental, social and corporate governance performance, activities and impact.

EVBox Supplier Resource Center

Find the EVBox Supply Chain Code of Conduct, the Net Zero Standards for EVBox Suppliers, and more.

DEI at EVBox

Information about the values and policies that underpin our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion activities and commitments.

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