Archive of the changes to the Envirometer
- Added to freight transport: courier service by (cargo) bike
- The measures module has been updated, among other things to ensure that it is properly aligned with the Dutch ‘Informatieplicht’. It has a new layout, you can make notes per measure, there are several sorting options and the statuses have been improved:
- DO SHORT-TERM and DO LONG-TERM have been merged into DO. LONG TERM is translated as DO + year = 2025. You can change this year.
- TO BE ASSESSED and INVESTIGATE have been merged into START.
- new: CONTINUOUS (eg for monitoring & compressed air leakage checks)
- new: NOT PLANNED (eg due to implementation of alternative measure or because the payback time is too long).
- The new Approved Measures Lists (effective from 1 April 2019) have been processed in the Envirometer. Most lists have been substantially modified and they have all been renumbered.
- The item ‘declared km passenger car’ has been renamed to ‘declared km private cars’. This makes it even clearer that this is not about company cars.
- In the indicator “CO2 emissions for business traffic with carfleet”, the CO2 emissions of km (scope 1) are included. You can add this indicator via finetuning. It’s under the heading ‘CO2 Performance Ladder’.
- Added to Fuels & heat: Heat from external heat and cold storage. CO2 emissions and environmental impact have been calculated on the basis of a COP of 4.9 and average (gray plus green) electricity in the Netherlands.
- Premix for mobile equipment is included in the CO2 footprint per scope (it was already included in de footprint per theme).
You can add new items in your barometer via ‘finetuning’.
- Correction bio-oil (from waste) for CHP: the environmental and CO2 factors were based on bio-oil from agricultural crops instead of waste oil / fat. The environmental and CO2 parameters have been reduced by 60-90% (for all years).
- Added waste streams:
- Plastics: PET (bottles) and PP + HDPE + PS
- Manure (available for events, livestock and general sectors)
- PMD (Plastic, Metal and Beverage packaging)
- Paper waste in three types: White, Mixed and Confidential.
- Mobile machinery
- Added: GTL (Gas to Liquid)
- Modified: due to emission requirements, mobile equipment has become cleaner. Therefore the environmental impact of mobile equipment will be a few percent lower per liter of fuel as of 2019.
- Added: electricity from generators on biodiesel (from used cooking oils).
- Business transport:
- Added: passenger cars and vans on green hydrogen,
- Modified: the CO2 factor of gray hydrogen has become slightly lower.
- Added: N2O = nitrous oxide, for example used in hospitals.
- Added: Sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), used in the electrical industry.
- Added: Various refrigerants: R422d, R448a, R449a, R450a, R452b, R513a, R744 (= CO2).
- Added: ‘of which green gas (Vertogas)’. The Vertogas certificate sets sustainability requirements for the green gas including 60% CO2 reduction with respect to natural gas.
- Added: Wood chips and two types of wood pellets (from dry waste wood and from fresh wood). ‘Waste wood pellets’ have a much lower CO2 emission because fresh wood is dried to make pellets.
- Modified: “Wood chips and pellets from own waste” existed already but without CO2 factor, this has been added now. Because no transport and drying is required, this CO2 factor is very low.
- New average published for Outdoor Swimming Pools in the Envirometer. Outdoor pools make major improvements in their energy use. Soon more information.
- Price subscription Envirometer in 2019: € 70 per Envirometer (excluding VAT). All administrators will be notified about this in mid-November.
- Numbers no longer disappear behind the exclamation mark of ‘this fact is provisional’.
- The swapping between menu items is running smoothly again (after the previous update you sometimes did not end up where you expected).
- The creation date of a PDF report is now on the report.
- With a graph of several envirometers ‘per production volume’, he checks whether the production unit is the same everywhere. If not, then you’ll get no graph, but a warning.
- A user with ‘all rights’ can now also recalculate a sum.
- Users who are not administrators can now see who is their administrator via MENU > users.
- Users who no longer have user rights on an Envirometer are deleted after 32 days.
- A user can remove himself from a subscription, unless he is the last user.
- Envirometer data is deleted 400 days after termination of the subscription. Until then, a subscription can still be reactivated.
- Added: Propane as refrigerant
- Added: mixed gas, welding gas consisting of a mixture of argon and CO2. Significant for companies that use more than 5000 liters of welding gas per year.
- Added: CO2 compensation air travel and CO2 compensation suppliers. You can change the title of the latter yourself and use it for something else.
- Via ‘other CO2 sources’, users can now also define extra CO2 items for scope 1 (Until now, a user could only add extra CO2 items for scope 3 to his CO2 footprint).
- The drafting of a Transport Management Plan has been added to the list of measures. This is legally required for many companies.
- Three branches have been added (already in January):
- Retail: gas station
- Industry: paint and printing ink
- Industry: Paper and cardboard goods
- Addition MENU where many management functions are collected.
- MANAGEMENT now only contains the management of the Envirometers.
- The other functions from MANAGEMENT have moved to the MENU (top right).
- Also functions from the top and bottom bars such as change password have been moved to the MENU.
- Indicators added:
- Share of renewable energy in energy use of building (%)
- Self-generated renewable electricity (%)
- Electricity consumption per turnover
- Office paper per turnover
- Unsorted industrial waste per turnover
- New: also for primary schools an average is available
- Extra efficiency indicator: The amount of energy used on site that’s renewable (%)
- Extra efficiency indicator: Renewable electricity produced on site (% of total consumed)
- The CO2 factors of electricity and public transport have been updated for 2018 and beyond. The electricity factor rises sharply, is falling for public transport. Overview of the changes in CO2-emission parameters.
- The environmental prices with which the envirometer graph is calculated have been updated. As a result, some items have become more important and others less important. Read more (in Dutch) in the news item.
- Efficiency indicators added:
- electricity for production / production volume 2 and 3
- environmental costs / production volume 2 and 3
- Free automatic data import from Joulz e-Dataportal. Read more on the website.
- Measures can be marked with the year of implementation. The PDF reports also include these (planned) execution dates.
- User management has been made more user-friendly. See for yourself how it works.
- Refrigerant R417a added
- New benchmark for theaters published.
- New branch added: Passenger transport (for example for taxi, coach and public transport companies)
- In passenger transport, also tram, metro and ferry services can be added.
- Various indicators for passenger transport have been added.
- Efficiency indicator ‘paper waste per employee on site’ added.
- Average hospital renewed.
- Average Envirometer for Tennis Clubs available.
- Average Envirometer for Soccer Clubs available. If you want to see the average next to your own envirometer (graph or indicators), change your industry to ‘sports – field sports’.
- Now available: sports – field sports. You can change the industry under “management”
- Due to confusion with waste, the theme color of ‘passenger transport’ has changed from night blue to blue-green. Now all transport themes are green.
- Next to an item with monthly data, a count shows how many months are filled in. This will help you see if the monthly data is complete.
- You can delete all monthly data of an item at once instead of one-by-one.
- Items with a CO2-emission factor, such as ‘business travel by bike’, is now also included in the carbonfootprints (this does not apply to data for which no CO2 factor has been determined, like waste streams).
- You can now use copy and paste (from another box or other document) with ctrl-v (command-v for apple users) to fill in data.
- The number of a ‘year’ is now changeable (under management).
- New: “Environmental Barometer Instructional Video (Environmental Barometer Instructional Video)”: https: //vimeo.com/215509682 which leads you quickly along the major environmental barometer functions (4 minutes – without spoken text). Useful for new and old users.
- In the fill-in screen, a gray icon behind an item now shows a single note of which item there are notes. To view them: select the item (which is then green) and look in the left margin.
- The notebook now opens “opened” so you can see your notes before. You can close it yourself.
- Added as item Fuels&Heat > Electricity from CHP delivered to the grid. Useful for companies using cogeneration that produces more electricity than they consume.
- Added: CNG and Bio-CNG as fuels for mobile equipment.
- Added: Hydrogen as fuel for commercial traffic (passenger cars and vans).
Add new items to your Envirometer through fine tuning.
- January 20: Changes in the CO2 factors for transport. See the “Overview of CO2 changes (Changes CO2 factor)”: https://online.milieubarometer.nl/nl/CO2-footprints/changes-co2 factors/
- Average Envirometers for indoor sports ( “gymnasiums (gymnasium)”: https: //www.milieubarometer.nl/voorbeelden/gymzaal/ and “sports hall / halls (gym)”: https: //www.milieubarometer.nl/voorbeelden/sportzaal /) are available.
- Average Envirometer added hotels (based on fifteen hotels of different sizes and from different luxury classes). There is no web-page on this average, but you can put the industry average alongside your envirometer if you’re logged on.
- Thanks to a contribution of Zeelandia, also the actionlist of the Milieubarometer/Envirometer is now bilingual: English/Dutch. Following the links in the list opens google translations of the measures on www.Duurzaam-MKB.nl.
- New: download (archive) function for all data in your account: input data and key figures. Look for the ‘download’ function under management. This feature is also realised thanks to a contribution of Zeelandia.
- You can look up which years are included in a sum or average.
- New indicator: ‘m2 of solar cells to produce your own electricity’. Add it to your list of indicators by using “finetuning”.
- “Total waste” added as an indicator. This is the sum (in ton kg) of all waste streams.
- Automatic import of data made possible through an API (more information will follow in a few weeks).
- Three additional indicators for unsorted waste / production volume. Add them to your list by using the finetuning.
- You may recalculate all sums at once. Either all the sums in one envirometer or all the sums throughout your subscription. Useful if you have changed input data.
- The same applies to changing ‘averages’ and ‘import’ data from another Envirometer.
- If you work with labels, you will see at a glance which labels are attached to an envirometer.
- Added indicator: ‘drinking water / production volume’ serving companies that also use groundwater or surface water, but where only drinking water is related to the production volume.
- Added 13 indicators: These indicators exsisted only ‘per production volume’. They now also have versions ‘per production volume 2’ & ‘per production volume 3’
- For buildings that are heated and cooled with a heat pump three additional items are available:
- For entering electricity data, “of which for heat pump(s)”
- Indicator “Electricity plus heat per floorsurface”
- Indicator “Seasonal Performance Factor heat pump”
- The indicator “Building-related energy” has been adjusted. Only externally purchased power is still included, self-generated solar or wind power not anymore. This is in line with the EPC calculation (Energy Performance Coefficient) of a building.
- Per Envirometer “multiple CO2 footprints can be published(CO2 footprint make public)”: https://www.milieubarometer.nl/carbon-footprints/.
- An Envirometer-year can now easily be split into half years, quarters, four month periods or months. Monthly data are copied to the correct period. Go to ‘settings’
- If you have access to multiple Envirometer Subscriptions, you see in the bottom bar which subscription you are logged on.
- Above the CO2-footprint the barometer title and the year of de footprint are shown.
- The indicator ‘running time wind turbine to offset CO2 emissions’ now reckons with 0.526 kg CO2 / kWh instead of 0.455 kg CO2 / kWh.
- Indicators added: ‘fuel consumption per production volume 2’ and ‘Scope 1 & 2 per production volume 2’.
- Envirometer Charts are now stored (as JPG, PNG, PDF) including the list of years included in the chart.
- The look of the list of years in the graphs has been improved.
- Extra-wide CO2 footprints now fit into the screen, scrolling unnecessary.
- Indicators ‘heating (degree day corrected) per production volume 1 2 3 and per employees working on the premises’ were added. See also the help page degree day correction.
- Summary of current CO2 factors moved to www.milieubarometer.nl/co2-parameters/
- 100th carbon footprint published by MVIE Audio Engineering.
- “Fuel for Heating” in the efficiency indicators has been changed into “Energy for heating” because heat is included. The calculation has not been changed.
- New sector: Sports – indoor sports
- Added indicator: ‘Percentage of electric transport in business km’
- Added item ‘Natural gas for heating on project locations’
- Several changes in the CSR balance. Most important is that you can now create a CSR balance per Envirometer, so every location can make its own CSR balance. This feature has been implemented with contributions from ‘s Heerenloo and Cofely.
- You can see immediately whether you use ‘filter’ or ‘chart by …’ in the pink coloring of the buttons.
- The CO2 factors of all Envirometer items can now be found on the page CO2 factors.
- In several indicators with turnover, the formula per € has been changed into per 100.000€. This gives numbers that are more easy to understand, like 34kg/ton € stead of 0,00034kg/€.
- The title of the graph now says what the chart shows: environmental impact, CO2-emissions or Costs.
- If you hide a theme in a pie chart it recalculates the % of the remaining issues.
- You get by default the most recent CO2-footprint in lieu of the oldest CO2-footprint.
- The title for the PDF report is now adjustable (per envirometer): Organization Title and / or Title Envirometer. The default is Envirometer title.
- Only the indicators of industry averages which comparison value are shown. This avoids confusion with absolute numbers, not calculated per employee or per m2 floor etc.
- Most recent CO2 footprint is shown by default (in stead of oldest)
- Update cost indications (such as average price train km) in the notes and help
- Update of help of costs indications, like the average price of public transport
- Added sector: carindustry – repair
- Added sector: rubber and plastics industry
- Added: Of which natural gas for CHP (as part of total gasconsumption)
- LPG for mobile machinery can also be entered as kg (stead of litres)
- Heat can also be entered as m3 gas-equiv (stead of GJ)
- The problem in Internet Exlorer when using magnification: graphs and tables dropping out of view to the bottom of the page, has been solved
- Added: Truck on Bio-CNG (in the category Freight transport)
- An average Envirometer for a gym has been added
- The website www.envirometer.eu/www.milieubarometer.nl was redesigned
- Efficiency indicators for dust (PM10 and PM2.5) were added
- A new Average Envirometer for Garages was published
- Efficiency indicators for co-heating efficiency were added and changed. The efficiency is calculated according to the rules stipulated by the Dutch government.
- Added: electrical passenger cars (kWh) for business transport. Here, you can enter the electricity purchased with ‘fuel cards’. These cards allow drivers to buy electricity in the public sector.
- The items ‘Loading electric vehicles at home’ have been moved from electricity to ‘business transport’.
- The actual CO2 factors ’2014 and earlier’ and ’2015 and beyond’ can be found at the top of the list of the public carbon footprints.
- Minor correction of CO2 factor natural gas from 1.886 to 1.884 (kg CO2/m3 gas). This correction is the result of a change on www.CO2emissiefactoren.nl.
- Correction of the CO2 factor of inland shipping oil from 2.65 to 3.185 (kg CO2/litres). This is a correction of a calculation error in the Envirometer.
- New Feature: pie chart per theme. For example, showing the distribution of the waste streams on the total environmental impact of waste.
- New feature: labels.
- New: An administrator can also provide user access to the CSR balance (MVO-balans) associated with the Envirometer subscription.
- New: download graphs in the CSR balance (MVO-balans) as PNG, JPG, PDF or SVG. Automatically receive the name of the indicator.
- Preferred language: users can select English or Dutch as the default language. Temporarily switching between the two is possible at the bottom of the screen.
- Some small improvements to the management page.
- The menu ‘branch average’ now offers a link to the pages with background on www.milieubarometer.nl (in Dutch).
- Explanation of green electricity was improved.
- The theme ‘fuel’ is now called ‘fuel and heat’.
- Sector added: Building materials.
- In the CSR balance (MVO-balans), three industry profiles are available in addition to the general profile: hospitals, producers of construction materials and printing companies.
- Acetylene (welding gas). Add the item via finetuning in the theme ‘fuels’. The explanatory statement explained the CO2 factor.
- PM10 and PM2.5 emissions. For companies that emit a lot of dust (like coal throughput). Add the item via finetuning in the theme ‘emissions’.
- Buses with EEV standard. The EEV standard is between EURO V and EURO VI. Add the item via finetuning in the theme ‘passenger transport’.
- Rainwater (self-collected in a basin or tank). Add the item via finetuning in the theme ‘water and wastewater’.
- The finetuning lists of indicators are now divided into sub-sections. This makes it easier to select the most suitable indicators.
- Green gas (CO2 compensation on the natural gas bill) has been removed from scope-1 in the carbon footprint per scope. It had previously been included as a scope-1 emission.
- City heating may also be entered in kWh (next to GJ).
- The CO2 emission factors in the Envirometer have changed as of 16 January 2015. Several changes have been implemented retroactively due to new calculation methods. Some factors have not changed retroactively, but have been assigned a different value for the years 2015 and beyond. These values were modified due to changes in the production chain and usage; for example, because it is becoming increasingly difficult and more expensive to produce diesel. For an overview of the historical and preset data, download the PDF file with the CO2 emission factors.
- The themes you have hidden in a chart/graph (by clicking on the themes in the legend) remain hidden when switching to another (pie) chart.
- The explanation of an indicator is shown by clicking on the title. The ‘sum’ function is now also available for users with ‘all rights’ (in stead of only for administrators).
- Several changes to reduce the number of clicks.
- The bars in the graphs that represent a sector average are now more easy to identify: the year indicator has been removed.
- Two indicators added: water use per turnover and specific hospital waste per turnover.
- Added: non-polluted blasting grit/dust under the theme ‘commercial waste’.
- For companies that transport passengers (touring bus companies, taxi drivers, public transport companies) we added the theme ‘passenger transport’.
- The monthly graphs now show more years in the same graph. This tells you the months in which months a rise or fall has occurred and was implemented thanks to the support of the Regional municipality of Noord-Brabant.
- A tester discovered a security issue in the Envirometer, which was fixed within a week. This is the result of the responsible disclosure of our developer Dreamsolution.
- At the request of one of our users, we added five items (fifteen instead of ten) to the theme ‘other sources of CO2’.
- Indicator added: The CO2 emission corresponds to xx tonnes of coal.
- Industry added: ‘leasure: catering’.
- Indicators added:
- Building-related energy per m3 and per turnover.
- Various numbers that express the use of transport fuels in GJ
- Electrical rail transport (in kWh) was added
- The industry ‘culture – theaters’ was changed to ‘culture – stages’ to include dance halls, music halls, etc.
- You can publish your CO2 footprint on www.milieubarometer.nl from your Envirometer > CO2 footprint page.
- You can expand your CO2 footprint with extra CO2 items like the CO2 emission of commodities or services purchased.
- The % of pie charts are recalculated if you hide themes. (Hide a theme in a graph by clicking on it in the legend).
- New indicators have been added, including only those CO2 emissions that result from scope 1 and scope 2 emission sources.
- A column with the CO2 conversion factors has been included in the Excel download.
- The report settings are now saved during a session. If you just want to add an area code, you can quickly re-create the report without having to start over.
- When you hover the mouse over the CO2 graph, you can now easily read the % increase or decrease.
- Efficiency indicators for laundry and linen were added. This is useful for hotels, restaurants, hospitals and other healthcare institutions.
- A new average Envirometer for theatres was published, based on an average of 35 theaters.
- Extra efficiency indicators for waste were added: you can now determine the amount of waste per second or third production unit.
- Diesel for (emergency) power units can now be entered in the theme ‘electricity’ so that the environmental impact is visible under electricity. This is particularly useful for events.
- Average Envirometers for indoor and outdoor events are now available.
- Added: ‘car in km (scope 1)’ to be used by companies that want to enter kilometres for (part of) their fleet stead of the litres consumed by this part of the fleet.
- Extra: a set of CO2 indicators. You can add them to your list of indicators via finetuning. Look in the chapter ‘CO2 Performance Ladder’.
- Added: ‘propane and diesel for project sites’, including the related efficiency indicator ‘heating fuel for project sites / production volume’.
- Added: ‘electricity for project sites’, and the related efficiency indicator ‘electricity for project sites / production volume’.
- Benchmark for swimming pools available (with separate benchmark for pools with CHP).
- New: benchmark for finishing companies in the graphics industry.
- New benchmark for rotary printing available.
- New benchmarks for offset printing available (3 sizes).
- Suppletion water and ‘suppletion water / visitor’ added for swimming pools.
- Adjustments to self-generated power:
- Added: ‘self-generated hydropower’ and ‘self-generated wind power’.
- ’Self-generated power other’ is now called ‘self-generated solar electricity (PV)’.
- ’Self-generated electricity’ has been given the same environmental impact and CO2 output as the equivalent purchased green electricity (according to the calculation rules of SKAO).
- Self-generated green electricity had not yet been added to the graphs, the CO2 balance or the indicators.
- Green electricity that is fed into the grid is subtracted from your environmental impact. This deduction is equal to the environmental impact of the gray power production that is prevented.
- Relative carbon footprint available! Choose whether you want your carbon footprint expressed per employee, production unit or turnover.
- The management of user rights has been improved.
- Added: indicators (electricity, fuel, water and building-related energy) that relate to the third production volume.
- Added: trucks running on natural gas (in kg, m3 or litres of liquefied natural gas).
- Added: electric vehicles (influences only the indicators, not the graphs because the environmental impact is already included in the theme ‘electricity’.)
- Added: a business item ‘employees working on-site’
- Added: indicators (electricity, fuel, water, office paper) that relate to the number of people working on-site .
- Indicators based on the second production volume have been added to the categories fuel, water and business.
- Putting together a graph with a selection of years/sites is now much easier. Go to charts, select ‘all Envirometers and all years’ and then use the ‘filter’ button.
- Absolute and relative graphs can now be combined in one report.
- The progress of a theme in % is easier to find. Hover your mouse over a theme in a graph to see the % of the theme in that year and the % compared to this theme in the reference year.
- Improvement of finetuning option: confirmation for removing an item is only asked when data has been entered for that item in one or more years.
- An administrator can lock a year to make the data read-only. You can lock a year via ‘management > change (year)’. Locking only affects the year specified in the Envirometer.
- When you use the ‘sum’ or ‘average’ feature (via ‘management > Envirometers’), your choice will be saved. This comes in handy when some numbers haven been changed that are included in the sum or average. You can recalculate by clicking on the (+) symbol after the year.
- The table with indicators has been redesigned.
- Several improvements have been made in the reporting module, including the introductory text that can now be saved. When making a new report, this text can be reused and modified.
- You can exclude scope-3 emissions from the carbon footprint per scope. This function can be changed in the ‘settings’ section via ‘change’ after the Envirometer title.
- Graphs showing the monthly data entered for an item are now available. A small version is shown in the sidebar. Clicking this graph will open a large graph.
- A search function has been added to the Envirometer online help section.
- Sums (made on the page ‘settings > Envirometers’) can be refreshed by clicking on the (+) sign. (The sum function is available for administrators only.)
- Internet explorer 8.0 problem (21-2-2013) fixed on 25 February.
- You can ask us to change your currency sign from € into the international currency sign ¤ or into $, ¥ or £. Please note: you must select one currency sign for all Envirometers in your account. Contact us if you want to change this.
- Changing Envirometer titles has been simplified: double click on the title (via settings > Envirometers).
- The Excel export and PDF export for all notes have been moved to the new menu item ‘reports’. There, you can switch from reports to ‘export’ and ‘notes’.
- HOORAY! The report module is available. Look for the new menu item ‘REPORTS’.
- Extra indicators:
- CO2 emissions expressed in car kilometers (how many times can you circle the equator in an average car with the same CO2 emission?).
- Fossil fuel consumption per m3 in a building.
- The notes are ranked from new to old (instead of the other way around).
- Biogas has been included in the transport-related indicators.
- Check marks show which themes have been completed. The check mark means a number had been entered for all items and none of these items are preliminary.
- The orange [!] shows the items you have marked as preliminary.
- The indicator ‘m2 photovoltaics to compensate CO2 emission’ was been added.
The Envirometer is bilingual (Dutch-English) (as of 25 February 2012).
This tool has been redesigned and several changes have been implemented. We hope you quickly become accustomed with the new layout. If you have any questions, please consult the online help section. If you question is not listed, feel free to contact Stimular.