At Itility we do that, for the solutions we deliver but also for our environment and the people around us. No empty promises, at Itility we deliver. That is why we committed to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) by signing the SDG charter: a list of 17 sustainable goals to pursue within our working environment. Learn more about the initiatives that act upon these goals below.
If you want to see a change in the world, do not just dream about a better world; act to create it.
Share and care
We care about our carbon footprint. So we work with Amber (now MyWheels), a shared-mobility service, to replace our trips in fossil-fuel cars with trips in shared electric cars. We offer shared mobility options to our Itilians to decrease car ownership. We invest in electric lease cars.
We simply love trees
We care about reducing climate change and enforcing biodiversity. We yearly plant trees to offset our CO2 emissions, and each new Itilian plants their own Itili-tree to grow our future in a sustainable way. We do that in cooperation with Boes Bos, a Dutch organization that plants as many trees as possible.
And with Voedselbos Eindhoven, where we have our own Itility-forest, with a tree for each Itilian. We also are investigating other food forest options, since we believe that these kinds of regenerative agriculture solutions will be the only way to continue to feed the planet in a sustainable way.
When the war started, we wanted to help Ukraine. We did so by temporarily housing a Ukraine refugee family, by opening a special vacancy for refugees, by donating to a Polish organization that feeds and houses refugees at the border. One of our Itilians even drove there 3 times with a truck filled with blankets, medicine, clothing, and food. He also coordinated a fund raising so we could support the organization to buy 2 ambulances.
Optimizing energy usage
We know the energy transition needs to happen, and we all need to save energy so future generations still have energy left. That is why we have invested quite some hours, to translate our autonomous growing optimization algorithm into an energy optimization algorithm.
With that, a household can now save around 20% on energy by tuning energy systems in the house (such as the heat pump, solar panels, car charger) between the energy usage and energy supply available. We call it ‘EnTune’ and are now working to make it available in the Netherlands.
Electric driving on solar
In addition to driving electric as Itilians, another example of sustainable mobility is 4x4Electric. Renske and Maarten want to show that driving electric is possible everywhere, even when there is no electricity. For that, they converted a regular electric car into a solar-charged car.
And they have already proven it works by driving from the north of Africa all the way to South Africa, charging 54% on their own solar panels. Proud to be sponsoring this trip and showing facts and figures on a dashboard on their website.
Educate the future
We care about our technical future, about ‘delivering’ the next generation of digital twins. So we work closely with TU/e, taking part in student projects such as electric motor STORM and solar car Stella Vie, and delivering data science lectures to students.
Cadena de Talentos
Quality education, unfortunately, is not accessible to everyone. Cadena de Talentos is an organization that invests in young, disadvantaged talents between the ages of 15 to 20 from Lima (Peru). Itility has sponsored student Alexander Cruz Quintana, who will go to the University of Federico Villarreal to become a veterinarian.
The sponsoring ensures Alexander can pay his education, equipping him with the tools required to improve the quality of life for himselve and the people around him.
Hope Foundation India
We support Hope Foundation India, a private foundation that has established a home for children from the slums. We sponsor Priyanka and Deepak, a brother and sister who receive shelter and education in Hope Home.
In addition, we visited the Hope Home in Dehra Dun, to install computers we bought for the home. And each year, we organize a Christmas fundraiser to make needed purchases for the home; such as an intercom/security system, a garage for the school bus, and a kitchen renovation.
Nepal school lunch
After the earthquake in Nepal, we connected with a local organization, to provide free lunch for school children at the Namuna Janasewa school. With that, children were ensured one good meal a day. This not only motivated them to attend school, but also helped them concentrate better.
Extra funds were used for cookware and visits from a doctor for checkups and providing information on healthy nutrition.
Coding for kids
Furthermore, we teach the children of our Itilians and customers how to code using BBC Micro:bit. Because code is not only important within ‘our’ world. It’s everywhere. From automatic street lighting and apps that can turn on the heat at home, to small color-changing LED lights. All technology is powered by code.
Never stop asking, keep looking for ways to go beyond.
Value the elderly
We care about the generations before us, who made it possible for us to study, grow, and learn. So, twice a year, we team up with ‘De Zonnebloem’ to share a dinner with 50 seniors, giving everyone a chance to talk, listen, connect, and learn.
In times of corona, we were not able to organize our elderly dinners. This is why we decided to deliver nice bouquets of flowers to the elderly of Stichting de Zonnebloem Eindhoven.
We care about people who care about good causes. So we have the ‘donate-double’ rule: whenever an Itilian donates to a cause he or she cares about, one of our board members donates the same amount. Itility then matches the total amount.
That is why we sponsor, for example, the training of guide dogs by one of our Itilian’s relatives, and also Peter Kuijpers in his Stelvio for Life run, to raise funds to improve the delivery of personalized cancer treatment.