The British Institute of Cleaning Science pledges to cut carbon with The Planet Mark

The British Institute of Cleaning Science pledges to cut carbon with The Planet Mark

The British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc), the largest independent, professional and educational body within the cleaning industry, with over 40,000 individual and corporate members, has achieved certification to The Planet Mark.

This is BICSc’s first year of business carbon footprint reporting and certification to The Planet Mark. BICSc’s total carbon footprint in the year ending December 2019 was 38.2 tCO2e and the relative carbon footprint was 1.3 tCO2e per employee.

It first calculated the carbon footprint of its Northampton operational site for the year ending December 2019 and set a target to reduce emissions by 5% annually. This year’s footprint includes emissions from purchased electricity, natural gas, fleet travel, waste, water and T&D losses for its head office. Electricity accounts for 15% of the total carbon emissions, natural gas accounts for 8% and fleet travel accounts for 74%. Scope 3 emissions account for 3% of total emissions.

Steve Malkin, Founder and CEO of The Planet Mark, said: “I’m delighted to see the British Institute of Cleaning Science join The Planet Mark and commit to cutting its carbon footprint. As an organisation with training and education at its core, it is no surprise that the realities and urgency of climate change resonate with it. Through walking the walk on sustainability, BICSc has a powerful message it can spread throughout its membership to create real change in the industry. It’s an exciting opportunity for a fantastic organisation.”

Neil Spencer – Cook, Chief Operating Officer of BICSc said: We are delighted to be joining the Planet Mark family. Sustainability has always been of the utmost importance to the Institute, as we approach our 60th Anniversary, this achievement highlights our commitment to making a change, and reducing our carbon footprint going forward.

First-year certification to The Planet Mark is based on the commitment to continuous improvement in sustainability in its business operations by measuring and reducing its carbon footprint and engaging its stakeholders.

BICSc is dedicated to promoting the sustainability of its membership. BICSc Standards combine intelligence from a number of highly regarded cleaning industry experts. This level of expertise and experience in delivery that gives it the authority among its membership that BICSc does not just offer education about cleaning practices, but an overall ‘Best Practice’ for the cleaning industry. As well as its standards, the Institute is able to promote sustainability through its membership packages, educational frameworks and accredited training and qualifications.

From engaging supply chains in promoting greener products to adequately disposing of waste, the cleaning industry has an important role to play in the fight against climate change. And as popular opinions continue to change, consumers will increasingly look to the sustainable credentials of cleaners and suppliers to choose the most environmentally friendly options. The industry must react to the pressing business and environmental needs to become more sustainable to future-proof themselves.

Prologis cuts carbon by 22.5% this year with The Planet Mark

Prologis cuts carbon by 22.5% this year with The Planet Mark

Prologis, a leading developer and owner of logistics property in the UK, have achieved certification to The Planet Mark.

This is its ninth year of business carbon footprint reporting. Prologis’ total carbon footprint in the year ending December 2019 was 179.4 tCO2e, a decrease of an impressive 22.5% from the year ending 2018. The relative carbon footprint was 3.8 tCO2e per employee, a decrease of 20.0% compared to the year ending 2018.

Prologis first calculated the carbon footprint of its Solihull and London office operations for the year ending December 2011 and set a target to reduce emissions by 5% annually. This year’s footprint includes emissions from energy use in the building, from waste, water, business travel and hotel accommodation. Electricity emissions decreased by 16%, and natural gas emissions decreased by 78% due to Prologis moving from our old Monkspath Hall Road site to a new office building.

Steve Malkin, Founder and CEO of The Planet Mark, said: “Prologis’ results speak for themselves. After nine years with us at The Planet Mark, I am pleased and inspired by the company’s ability to cut its carbon footprint so effectively. From the construction site through to the thriving communities it creates, everyone feels the benefits of sustainable property developments. The property industry is ripe for sustainable change and more companies should follow in the footsteps of Prologis.”

First year certification to The Planet Mark is based on the commitment to continuous improvement in sustainability in its business operations by measuring and reducing its carbon footprint and engaging its stakeholders.

Prologis is committed to embedding sustainability into every aspect of its business operations: from the buildings it creates to the way it engages with the communities close to its developments. Prologis is also a business committed to helping others start their own sustainability journeys, which is why it works with its supply chain, customers, employees and local schools to help reduce our collective impact on the world in which we live.

The construction and property sectors are major carbon emitters, with the built environment contributing to approximately 20% of the UK’s carbon footprint. From managing and retrofitting existing properties to the responsible construction of new property, the entire industry must revolutionise to hit the world’s carbon targets. Part of this change must focus on reducing property company’s own operations and carbon emissions.

Fulton Umbrellas combats climate change with The Planet Mark certification

Fulton Umbrellas combats climate change with The Planet Mark certification

Fulton Umbrellas, the UK’s largest supplier of umbrellas, has achieved certification to The Planet Mark.

This is Fulton Umbrellas’ first year of business carbon footprint reporting and certification to The Planet Mark. Fulton Umbrellas’ total carbon footprint in the year ending December 2019 was 234.4 tCO2e and the relative carbon footprint was 9.5 tCO2e per employee.

This year’s footprint includes emissions from purchased electricity, natural gas, water, fuel used by the fleet, waste, business travel, printing paper and courier. Electricity accounts for 12% of the total carbon emissions, fleet travel accounts for 7%. Scope 3 emissions (waste, water, paper, business travel and courier) accounts for 79% of total emissions.

Steve Malkin, CEO of Planet First and co-founder of The Planet Mark, commented: “As we experience the wettest February on record, in no small part because of the effects of climate change, it feels apt to welcome the largest supplier of quality umbrellas and rainwear in the country join The Planet Mark. With access to some of the nation’s leading and most influential designers, Fulton will not only be able to flex its own sustainable credentials but help so many other businesses and consumers be climate-conscious in their choices. I am delighted to have Fulton Umbrellas on board.”

Nigel Fulton, CEO of Fulton Umbrellas, stated: “I am delighted to be working with Steve Malkin and his team at Planet First to further our commitment to becoming an increasingly sustainable business.   Achieving certification is just the first step and with Planet First’s expertise we are now able to implement and track our environmental reduction goals, and I look forward to continuing this exciting journey together.”

First year certification to The Planet Mark is based on the commitment to continuous improvement in sustainability in its business operations by measuring and reducing its carbon footprint and engaging its stakeholders.

Fulton Umbrellas is committed to being an environmentally responsible company and aims to lead the sector on sustainability. It is committed to minimising its environmental impact, and to reduce the speed of climate change and resource depletion. The company is powered by 100% green electricity and has committed to continuous measurement of gas, fuel, electricity, and water, focusing on the longevity of design and sustainably sourced components, and using the minimal amount of packaging, using recycled materials where possible.

The fashion industry must act in the face of our changing climate. Every product and decision that reaches consumers has a carbon footprint, and both modern shoppers and retailers are becoming more conscious of the environmental impacts of the products they endorse. As concern rightly rises over the carbon footprint of the products consumers buy, brands must consider their own sustainable credentials as a matter of urgency, both for the planet and for the viability of their business.

Bowmer & Kirkland cut carbon for the 13th year of certification to The Planet Mark

Bowmer & Kirkland cut carbon for the 13th year of certification to The Planet Mark

Bowmer & Kirkland, who offer a wide range of specialisms from construction-related services to homeland security products, have achieved certification to The Planet Mark for the 13th consecutive year.

Bowmer & Kirkland has reported its business carbon footprint for its headquarters in Heage Derbyshire and its UK regional offices (Chester-le-Street, Rainton Bridge, Glasgow, Manchester and Theale). Bowmer & Kirkland’s total carbon footprint in the year ending August 2019 was 1,009.3 tCO2e, a decrease of 5.7% from the year ending 2018. The relative carbon footprint was 2.91 tCO2e per employee, a decrease of 8.4% compared to the year ending 2018.

This year’s footprint includes emissions from natural gas, purchased electricity, fuel used by the fleet, waste, business travel, and printing paper. Electricity emissions decreased by 5% and business travel emissions decreased by 5.1% overall. Emissions from air and rail travel decreased by 48% and 29% respectively.

Steve Malkin, Founder and CEO of The Planet Mark, commented: “Bowmer & Kirkland continue to inspire me and the industry at large in the action it takes on climate change. The continued desire to enact positive change in reducing the company’s carbon footprint is truly exceptional. Sustainability is embedded right throughout the organisation and it is clear to see the benefits of such an ingrained approach to cutting carbon. It is a pleasure to work with them.”

Certification to The Planet Mark is based on the commitment to continuous improvement in sustainability in its business operations by measuring and reducing its carbon footprint and engaging its stakeholders.

Bowmer & Kirkland has developed procedures to implement sustainable practices that help to ensure the wise use of all resources within a framework in which economic, social and environmental factors are integrated. The company strive for continuous improvements in environmental accountability and social responsibility, having implemented policies to establish meaningful carbon emissions targets, fund and work on community projects to achieve sustainability goals and promote green travel options for all employees and suppliers. This is paired with a staff engagement programme on environmental issues and a wider pledge to encourage innovative strategies on environmental issues.

Global climate targets serve as a wake-up call that the construction industry and its suppliers must heed. The need for change is urgent, and the built environment is one of the largest polluters on a worldwide scale. Many constructors and clients are looking throughout their supply chains for evidence of action on climate change, as a whole-life, holistic approach must be taken to ensure the sustainability of every construction project.

Graham Lee, Technical, Education & Environmental Manager at Bowmer + Kirkland commented: “Measuring our energy usage, fleet performance, travel, paper and waste at our headquarters and regional offices each year since 2006 has enabled Bowmer + Kirkland to plan step by step improvements that provide meaningful benefits to reduce carbon and save costs. With an annual target of 5% reduction in our carbon footprint, we have managed to establish realistic initiatives to achieve year on year improvements. Planet First have been fundamental to this process by auditing our data, providing robust comparisons of results and valuable advice on these initiatives. Although these steps by themselves each year are small, each year these benefits to carbon reduction compound, resulting in substantial savings over these 13 years. Overall carbon savings for the company have been reduced by 1510 tCO2e and carbon savings per employee reduced by 65%. These savings have not only helped Bowmer + Kirkland to reduce its’ carbon footprint, but cost savings to have compounded over the thirteen-year period, resulting in significant annual cost savings.

Through a range of initiatives and targets across a scope of emission groups and introducing these through a step by step approach over the 13 years, each initiative has helped to contribute in a small way to the significant overall saving to carbon. By engaging with staff and communicating these initiatives and targets to our staff and clients we have also achieved support for our annual reduction target of 5% without impact on either staff or our clients. No single measure is responsible for these saving, but through a range of measures introduced each year the rate of improvement has been maintained. With carbon reduction, however, our aim is to maintain steady progress. Hopefully, over future years we will have continued success, supported throughout this process with the help of Planet First”.

Evans Vanodine International makes commitment to sustainability with The Planet Mark certification

Evans Vanodine International makes commitment to sustainability with The Planet Mark certification

Evans Vanodine International an independent family business since 1919, manufacturers of industrial and livestock hygiene chemicals, has been certified to The Planet Mark.

2020 marks Evans Vanodine International’s first year of business carbon footprint reporting and certification to The Planet Mark. The businesses total carbon footprint in the year ending December 2019 was 877.1 tCO2e and the relative carbon footprint was 5.3 tCO2e per employee.

The carbon footprint of the businesses site in Preston was first calculated for the year ending December 2019, a target was set to reduce emissions by 5% annually. The calculated footprint includes emissions from purchased electricity, transmission and distribution losses, natural gas, water, fuel used by the fleet, waste, business travel, printing paper and courier for its head office.

Steve Malkin, CEO and Founder of The Planet Mark, said: “Evans Vanodine International is a company that has taken the cause of sustainability and ran with it, and joining The Planet Mark makes so much sense for them. From their sourcing zero waste to landfill providers, to energy efficiencies in their operations, it is plain to see the organisation breathes sustainability and wishes to reduce its impact at every possible juncture. It is a pleasure to work with companies so willing to take centre stage in the push to take climate action”.

Vikki Morris, Environmental Manager for Evans Vanodine International, said: “We are proud to show our commitment to our environmental management systems and sustainability through our certification with The Planet Mark. This marks the start of our second century in business and what better way to commence this century than by making a commitment to do our part tackling climate change and increasing sustainability in our business”.

The first year of certification to The Planet Mark is based on the commitment to continuous improvement in sustainability, reducing its carbon footprint and engaging its stakeholders. Electricity accounts for 27% of the total carbon emissions, natural gas for 28% and fleet for 12%.

Antonia and Camilla Evans, 5th  generation family members of Evans Vanodine International, state “Being an independent family business, we are proud to have achieved The Planet Mark certification and committing to a sustainable future for generations to come. With the guidance and support of The Planet Mark we can ensure that a holistic approach to sustainability is achieved throughout our supply chain. The next decade will determine the future of our planet, through businesses such as ourselves pledging to reduce our carbon footprint, we can help solve the climate crisis”.

Evans Vanodine International, produce a vast range of industrial and livestock protection chemicals. As well as being committed to developing products which provide optimum performance with minimum effect on the environment, they have pledged to extend this ethos to all areas of its business. Encompassing the manufacturing processes, offices, laboratories, waste management, recycling and energy-saving. This includes improving environmental efficiencies through training all employees on the company’s Environmental Policy, Sustainability Strategy and encouraging best practices in how to reduce their energy usage.

Companies working in the chemical sector must be especially aware of their environmental footprint. In addition to being compliant with relevant industry legislation, the industry must address a vast array of questions on the topics of waste and plastics disposal, safe use, and supply chain management. In a decade of climate action, it is imperative that companies in the chemical industry take a holistic approach to its environmental impact as Evans Vanodine International strives to prove through achieving The Planet Mark certification.