This pages shows the environmental impact of an average office, translated into graphs and efficiency indicators by the Envirometer.
The pie chart shows which environmental themes have the largest impact. In general, electricity, business transport and commuter transport are the most important elements in an office setting. Heating water and separating waste and office paper are visible, but much less important. Note: heating includes the use of city heating and heat pumps by some of the offices, which lowers the environmental burden of heating when compared to the use of natural gas.
If your office uses natural gas and is poorly insulated, the yellow section will be much larger in your chart.
The most interesting statistics from the Envirometer for an average office can be found in the table below. After creating your own Envirometer, you can display the averages next to your own results for an easy comparison.
|Paper||paper (blank) / employee||48||13 – 57||kg/FTE|
|Electricity||electricity / floor space||86||57 – 110||kWh/m2|
|electricity / employee||2.586||1.200 – 4.400||kWh/FTE|
|Heating||heat / volume||2.2||1.4 – 4.8||m3 gas/m3*|
|heat/ employee||239||133 – 578||m3 gas/FTE*|
|Water||water / employee||7.1||2.0 – 11||m3/FTE|
|Waste||waste / employee||170||94 – 220||kg/FTE|
|unseparated waste||85||30 – 140||kg/FTE|
|waste separation||50||5 – 76||%|
|Transport||commuter transport per employee||7.121||1.900 – 8.500||km/FTE|
|Commuting PT+bike+walking||46||13 – 86||%|
|Business transport per employee||5.189||257 – 6.600||km/FTE|
|Business PT+bike+walking||13||2.5 – 49||%|
|Company||surface area / employee||30||16 – 54||m2/FTE|
* Under ‘heating’ all forms of energy (natural gas, city heating, wood chips) have been included and converted into natural gas equivalents.
Source of the average Envirometer
In 2014, the Stimular Foundation calculated the average Envirometer for government offices. Seventy-nine buildings were included from fourteen local, regional and national government organisations.