For Good Challenge: companies battling global warming

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Brussels – 9/11/2016 – The United Nations Agreement on Climate change became effective last Friday and “Before the Flood”, the environmental documentary of Leonardo DiCaprio, is a huge success. 

Can we substantially do something about it?  Two companies from the Adecco Group set the example by engaging in a duel, over a period of 6 months,  trying to obtain the lowest ecological footprint feasible. 

For Good Challenge: companies battling global warming

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Brussels – 9/11/2016 – The United Nations Agreement on Climate change became effective last Friday and “Before the Flood”, the environmental documentary of Leonardo DiCaprio, is a huge success. 

Can we substantially do something about it?  Two companies from the Adecco Group set the example by engaging in a duel, over a period of 6 months,  trying to obtain the lowest ecological footprint feasible. 

They received help from For Good, an Antwerp-based start-up which maps the CO2 emissions of companies and consumers and helps them to reduce it. ‘If 20% of all Belgians were to accept our challenge, Belgium would achieve its sustainability target this year” says Maarten Desmet, co-founder of For Good. 

The engineers and IT people of euro engineering and Modis are competing against each other from July to December to achieve the lowest possible footprint. They are doing this with the help of the For Good Challenge website. Their app maps the ecological footprint in a simple way, expressed in the number of consumed planets, and provides tips on how to reduce your ecological footprint. The Challenge website provides an overview of the impact of both parties and the evolution of their battle as eco-pioneers. 

4 planets for each Belgian citizen

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In less than 4 months the companies cut 7,000 kg CO2 by not using the car, eating vegetarian food, etc. This corresponds to the emissions of 1500 cars during one day or 1/3 of a planet they earned back or compensated. The average Belgian currently consumes more than 4 planets in terms of CO2 emissions, putting Belgium 5th in the WWF-world ranking.

For Good and social environmental organisation Ecolife calculated that if one in five Belgians were to achieve the same reduction, Belgium would be able to achieve its international climate goals. It specifies that every year we need to emit 4.7 megatons less CO2 to stay under 1.5 °C warming.    

Quote: Tasha Moens, Project Manager For Good euro engineering: “Creating future is our base line. We apply this across the board. To measure is to know for engineers.
Our engineers actively work on a sustainable economy and help companies become future proof. This app allows our employees and candidates to find out in an accessible way what sustainability means in day-to-day life.”

Quote: Jacob Roth, General Manager Modis: “All the small and major projects regarding sustainability, from smart meters to Tesla, involve a large component of IT.
Modis gladly contributes to these exciting technological innovations.”

Quote: Stijn Bruers, Project manager ecological footprint Ecolife:
“We are very enthusiastic about the results. If Belgian companies and organisations really want to work on this, Belgium is able to show that it does effectively invest in sustainability and contributes its share to achieve the international climate goals.”


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