Leading business relocation firm, Harrow Green, has reduced its carbon emissions by 12 per cent per employee in the last 12 months following certification to The Planet Mark

Harrow Green has been re-certified to The Planet Mark

Harrow Green, the UK’s leading business relocation firm, has cut its carbon footprint per employee by 12 per cent in the last year, according to The Planet Mark, the certification programme provided by Planet First in partnership with the Eden Project. The improvement comes despite the business seeing rapid growth, which has led to it taking on more staff and deploying a larger fleet operation in the last 12 months.

To achieve The Planet Mark, emissions were measured across energy and water at four of Harrow Green’s eight UK locations, as well as well as fuel used in the company’s fleet and non-fleet vehicles, for the year ending May 2015. The figures were then compared against those from the previous 12 months. Although the company’s absolute carbon emissions rose by 23% in the last reporting year, Harrow Green saw a carbon saving of 12 per cent per employee. Its non-fleet vehicle carbon footprint, meanwhile, decreased from 62.21 tonnes of CO2 equivalent (tCO2e) in 2013 to 42.93 tCO2e in 2014 – a 31 per cent reduction. These reductions come despite the business growing between June 2014 and May 2015. The company now employs 289 full-time equivalent employees, a rise of almost a third on the previous year. The company has set a target to reduce its carbon footprint by a minimum of five per cent over the coming year.

Harrow Green managing director, Nigel Dews, said: “We take sustainability very seriously at Harrow Green and we’re fully committed to reducing our environmental impact. This is a priority for our entire team and we know it’s important to our customers.”

Over the next reporting period, Harrow Green said it wanted to focus on cutting its electricity usage and reducing emissions from its fleet.

Among the measures recently undertaken to meet these objectives is new LED lighting at its Silvertown recycling facility in London. It is estimated this measure could halve the lighting power usage at the site from 30,500 kWh to 15,800 kWh. If the savings are achieved, Harrow Green said similar installations will be rolled out across other sites, including its Belvedere offices in London.

Recognising vehicle emissions account for a significant proportion of Harrow Green’s carbon footprint, the company said it would also be undertaking an audit to assess the fuel management of its fleet of vehicles and from December will introduce a SAFED (safe and fuel efficient driving) training programme.

Steve Malkin, CEO of Planet First, provider of The Planet Mark, said: “Reducing operational carbon footprint for any business that is growing rapidly is challenging, but particularly for those operating in the relocation sector. We therefore congratulate Harrow Green on achieving the Planet Mark certification for its year-on-year progress on sustainability and we salute its ambition to set even more stringent targets for next year.”

Nigel added: “Working towards and achieving The Planet Mark has been a great way of evaluating and communicating our progress and we’re delighted with what we’ve accomplished. As in everything we do, we will now strive to do even better.”

Harrow Green started life in the East End of London in 1983. It has been certified to The Planet Mark since 2013. As part of its sustainability programme the company already runs a low emission policy for its company car fleet and operates a ‘zero waste to landfill’ policy at its office in Silvertown. It also partners with the charity, Planet Office Global, which recycles and reuses furniture for schools, charities, start-up businesses and third-world countries.

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