Sustainability and the IND

As the organisation admitting foreign nationals to the Netherlands, we contribute to fairness and justice in the Netherlands every day. We do this through our implementation policy, but also by making efforts for a fair and just future. This means that we want to become much more sustainable as an organisation.

As the IND we have the task to meet the targets set by the Central Government in the National Climate Agreement. For instance, we must be climate neutral in 2030 and have reduced our CO2 emissions by 55%. This means that we will be making our organisation much more sustainable.

How do we do this, becoming sustainable?


  • Currently, all IND office locations already have energy label C. For new locations, this will be energy label A. From 2030, all locations will have at least energy label A.
  • We are decreasing our gas usage by lowering the thermostat. Because of this, all government buildings will be using 50% less energy than in 2008.
  • The Central Government will switch to renewable electricity completely. Because of this, 100% of our electricity usage will come from renewable sources in 2030. 
  • We are making our procurement sustainable. And we will have agreements with our suppliers and commissioners about this.
  • We stimulate employees to come to work by public transport. IND desks are close to public transport so that applicants can easily take the train.
  • We encourage staff to contribute to sustainability. For example, we pay attention to national sustainability programmes, such as the ‘waste-free week’ or ‘bike to work day’.
  • We separate our waste. And we make sure there is as little residual waste as possible.

CO2 Performance Ladder

We monitor whether the measures taken really lead to us being climate neutral in 2030. We use the CO2 Performance Ladder (only in Dutch) for this. This is an instrument which helps companies and governments to reduce CO2.