By developing energy-conscious products, IP Parking wants to be an exemplary player in the area of corporate social responsibility.
We not only apply directives such as RoHS, WEEE and sustainable purchasing by Agentschap NL (NL Agency). With an eye towards the future, we also look for roads that others have not yet embarked on. Our policy on this issue is specified according to our ISO9001 quality system in the Corporate Social Responsibility document, which is accessible to all employees on our Intranet.
A large number of technical measures have also been implemented within the framework of energy-saving measures. These make a positive contribution within the scope of the BREEAM concept.
Not surprisingly, in 2014 Deloitte decided to equip the most durable building in the world, "The Edge" in Amsterdam, with parking equipment by IP Parking. The building was awarded the "Outstanding" qualification by BREEAM, with a score of 98.36%, the highest score ever given. Here is a glimpse of the building:
Below is an overview of the measures that IP Parking has implemented to promote sustainability.
- All equipment is in compliance with RoHS. The aim of this EU decree is to discourage use of six hazardous materials, including the in plastic PBB and PBDE, cadmium, chromium, mercury and lead.
- Waste disposal according to WEEE (Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment), and in the Netherlands according to AEEA (waste electrical and electronic equipment) as well.
- Purchase of materials in Western Europe, thereby ruling out components made by child labor.
- Purchase of materials in Western Europe, due to which components comply with EU regulations.
- Purchase of materials in Western Europe, thereby limiting transportation (emissions).
- Corporate Social Responsibility document for IP Parking available on the Intranet according to the ISO9001 guideline.
- Purchasing and invoicing is done as much as possible via email, unless a supplier or customer indicates otherwise.
- Documents are only printed internally if this is really necessary. If this is not the case, then both sides of the paper are used for printing.
- We take back used packaging materials and reuse them, if necessary.
- Equipment switches to idle mode when there is no activity.
- Standard LED technology is purchased for stop/ramp lighting, lane signaling and full signaling in order to decrease use of materials and power consumption.
- Use of TFT screens instead of LCD screens.
- Use of recycled and recyclable materials.
- Equipment is made from steel and aluminum so that it can be recycled.
- Damaged components are refurbished, if possible.
- System components such as cameras are supplied by Power over Ethernet, so that no separate supply cabling is needed.
- The paper that is still needed to print parking tickets is sustainably manufactured (fewer added ancillary materials) and can be recycled with regular paper waste recycling. This is in contrast to paper with a magnetic strip (small chemical waste).
- A thermal printer is used to print tickets instead of ink.
- Our support department has 100% web access, allowing most problems to be resolved remotely. This decreases the number of on-site vehicle movements.
- Combination of preventive and second-line corrective maintenance. This decreases the number of vehicle movements to an object.
- Cardless parking, where the parking facility is entered and exited solely based on license plate identification and you can pay at the exit terminal. This omits the necessity for paper tickets. These systems are often used at supermarkets (Albert Heijn/Jumbo in the Netherlands).
- Digitalisation of the parking environment through integration with call providers. Here too no paper tickets need to be distributed to short-term parkers.
- Very fast processing of license plate identification, whereby the parker does not need to stop for the gate/closure but can keep going at a constant speed. This greatly decreases the CO2 emissions.
- Management of Parking Route Information Systems (PRIS), both externally (outside the parking facility) and internally(inside the parking facility). This limits the number of unnecessary vehicle movements and promotes good air quality.
- Early Bird parking (also known as peak-traffic-avoiding parking) is a way to reward users with cheaper parking rates if they fulfill certain preconditions.
- Bike Rental Service offers car parkers the option to rent a bike upon presentation of their parking ticket. This is a socially responsible manner of discovering the city by bike. It is impossible to steal the bike because you can only leave the parking facility with your car if you have returned the bike. Your car hence serves as "collateral" for the bike.