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From one of our correspondents.

The Netherlands has agreed to reduce CO2 emissions to meet the Paris climate targets. There is now a lot of debate about those targets themselves. The scientific basis for this is particularly squeaky and creaky from all sides. However, The Hague is persevering. Therefore, the obligation to report on work-related personal mobility (WPM) applies from 1 July 2024. This is part of the “Decree on CO2 Reduction in Work-related Personal Mobility”, a measure of the Climate Agreement. These reports collect data to gain insight into the amount of CO2 emissions generated by work-related mobility. The government believes that this scheme helps employers to be more aware of their travel to and from work.

SME: Madness at its best. Disgust at the mandatory registration of C02 kilometers.

Organizations with a hundred or more employees have to keep track of how much CO2 their employees emit during business travel and commuting, much to the chagrin of small and medium-sized companies. Not only the number of kilometers traveled must be recorded, but also the type of transport and fuel used. “The costs and administrative burden are disproportionately high,” says Jaco Vonhove, chairman of the board of MKB-Nederland, in De Telegraaf. “It’s actually madness at its best.”

There seems to be almost no limit to the amount and detail of data the government requests.

The obligation applies to companies with 100 or more employees. If the company employs 100 or more employees, it is necessary to report on business travel and employee movements. The reference date for determining the number of employees is January 1 of the year for which the report is submitted.

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If there are multiple Chamber of Commerce numbers, the number of employees must be counted for each Chamber of Commerce number. Reporting is then done by Chamber of Commerce number.

The data entered will be automatically passed on by the RVO to the (regional) Environmental Service from 2025. They check whether employers have submitted the data on time and correctly. The report must be submitted every year before July 1 of the previous year. Data submitted voluntarily will not be sent to the Environmental Service. They will only be used for research if permission is granted in the form.

After applying via the Netherlands Enterprise Agency website, employers immediately receive a report containing the data submitted and the associated CO2 emissions. You will also receive general advice and guidance.

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