Policy on the use of cookies 

As is the case for most websites of any interest, we sometimes place small data files, referred to as “cookies”, on the device you use to visit the website, in order to provide the websites of Energy NV at its best let work. 

What are cookies? 

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that is downloaded to your internet-connected device when you visit a website. Cookies are used by many websites and can be used for a number of things, such as remembering your preferences, remembering what you have placed in your shopping cart, or calculating the number of people connected to the website. Your cookie information is not used to identify you personally. 

There are different types of cookies, which can be divided into four categories: 

  • Strictly Necessary Cookies: These are generally used to store, manage and identify the visitor as unique from other Internet users visiting the website at the same time in order to provide a consistent and accurate service to the visitors. 
  • The functional cookies: These are cookies that are introduced to improve the functionality of the website. They are usually the result of an action by the visitor, but can also be implemented in the context of providing services which are not explicitly required by the visitors, but which are proposed to them. For example, cookies that remember the previously viewed content on the website or the email address and password that you entered when logging in during a previous visit. They can also be used to prevent the visitor from being offered a service that he/she was previously offered and that he/she refused. The use of functional cookies can also help us to offer content tailored to your interests and saves you the time of signing in again or communicating information again when you visit the website or try to access certain parts which are reserved for members. 
  • Performance cookies: These are limited to improving the performance and the website. The primary function of a performance cookie is to measure and monitor the activity of the website visitor. A performance cookie will help to compile statistics and is used by webmasters using Google Analytics for their monitoring and analysis of the online activities on their website. 
  • Targeting or advertising cookies: These contain a unique key capable of distinguishing search patterns of individual visitors, or which may contain a code that can be converted into a range of browsing habits or information about usage preferences stored elsewhere. 

Nominative cookies (first-party cookies) are cookies that are implemented by this website and that can only be read by this website. 

Third-party cookies (third-party cookies) are cookies that are implemented by third parties and that are used for all kinds of services (for example, analysis of websites or publicity). 

How and why do we use cookies? 

Most of the cookies we use are temporary or “session” cookies, which are automatically removed from your browser when your session is complete. You should not take any action yourself to remove them. Some of our pages use cookies to remember information, such as, for example, your display preferences (such as contrast settings, colors, etc.), your language choice, your username and your corresponding password, etc. It is for the proper functioning of this website and it is not strictly necessary to enable these cookies, but it will allow you to enjoy a better browsing experience. In addition, some of these cookies are essential for a website to function. They ensure that basic functions such as page navigation, security and loading time can work. 

We therefore recommend that you accept the cookies we offer. You can delete or block these cookies, but if you do, certain elements of the site may not function as expected. 

We use third-party services, such as Google Analytics, which implement cookies to collect information regarding the users of the website and regarding usage methods – this information is useful in planning and maintaining the service offered. Most cookies are not essential to provide you with the required services and can be blocked. 

A complete list of cookies we use is provided at the end of this document. 

How to control cookies? 

If you wish to limit or block the cookies that are implemented by our website or by another website, you can do this via the settings of your browser (see your browser manual). You can delete all cookies that are already on your computer and you can set most browsers to prevent them from being placed on your device. However, if you do this, you will have to manually adjust your preferences every time you visit a website, and some services or facilities (including some training modules) may not work. 

Name  By  Description  Scope 
Strictly necessary cookies 
“_ga”  Energylab.net  Objective: this cookie lets you distinguish users  2 years 
“_utmv”  Energylab.net  Recording user specific data on the site  2 years 
Functional and performance cookies 
“_gat”  Energylab.net  This cookie tracks the number of requests on the site and manages them  10 min 
“_gali”  Energylab.net  Storing statistics about the site (e.g. page visits)  30 seconds 
“_utma”  Energylab.net  Distinguish and record number of users and sessions  2 years 
“_utmb”  Energylab.net  Distinguish and record number of sessions and visits  30 minutes 
“_utmz”  Energylab.net  Tracking the traffic sources or related campaign on the site  6 months 
Performance cookies 
“_utma”  Google Analytics  persistent cookie – remains on a computer, unless it expires or the cookie cache is cleared. It tracks visitors. Metrics associated with the Google _utma cookie include: first visit (unique visit), last visit (returning visit). This also includes Days and Visits to purchase calculations which afford ecommerce websites with data intelligence around purchasing sales funnels.  2 years 
“_utmb” and “_utmc”  Google Analytics  these cookies work in tandem to calculate visit length. Google _utmb cookie demarks the exact arrival time, then Google _utmc registers the precise exit time of the user. Because _utmb counts entrance visits, it is a session cookie, and expires at the end of the session, e.g. when the user leaves the page. A timestamp of 30 minutes must pass before Google cookie _utmc expires. Given _utmc cannot tell if a browser or website session ends. Therefore, if no new page view is recorded in 30 minutes the cookie is expired.  30 minutes 
“_utmz”  Google Analytics  Cookie _utmz monitors the HTTP Referrer and notes where a visitor arrived from, with the referrer siloed into type (Search engine (organic or cpc), direct, social and unaccounted). From the HTTP Referrer the _utmz Cookie also registers, what keyword generated the visit plus geolocation data.  6 months 
“_utmv”  Google Analytics  Google _utmv Cookie lasts “forever”. It is a persistant cookie. It is used for segmentation, data experimentation and the _utmv works hand in hand with the _utmz cookie to improve cookie targeting capabilities  No time restriction