Author: George Catchpole | The Planet Mark
Mount Anvil becomes first residential developer to achieve The Planet Mark New Development certification

Mount Anvil becomes first residential developer to achieve The Planet Mark New Development certification

London-based property developer Mount Anvil is the first residential developer to achieve The Planet Mark New Development certificationreflecting its commitment to go beyond compliance to invest in a sustainable future for the built environment throughout the entire development process. 

With its focus on design excellence and creating the highest quality end product, sustainability has been at the heart of Mount Anvil’s business strategy for many years.  Its inhouse design and planning teams ensure the company is driving the sustainability agenda so that it designs and delivers built environments that leave a positive legacy for future homeowners as well as existing local communities, businesses and other stakeholders.  

As part of The Planet Mark’s partnership with educational charity the Eden Project, Mount Anvil has commissioned a sustainability outreach programme which will engage with a local primary schools through the New Development programme. This involves working with both pupils and staff to help children connect with and understand the importance of nature.  

Mike Valmas, head of Pre-Construction, Energy and Sustainability at Mount Anvil, says  “Our commitment to The Planet Mark New Development certification aligns with our investment into measuring the ways we can maximise space and biodiversity while also reducing the environmental impact of a building. It’s a great partnership and one that demonstrates our ongoing commitment to deliver environmentally and economically sustainable places.

As well as the positive benefits to climate change, our residents are at the heart of our work with The Planet Mark. We know that fuel poverty is a huge issue in London and so this focus leads to well insulated homes with a highly efficient energy provision, keeping energy affordable and in the process tackling fuel poverty and underpining positive health and wellbeing. 

We’re also really proud of our commitment to working with the local community. I’m excited to see us giving back to local schools as part of our sustainability outreach programme together with the Eden Project – whilst also being able to introduce further sustainability themes to our existing community engagement platform Makers & Mentors.”   

Steve Malkin, CEO and founder of The Planet Mark, adds, “We’re delighted Mount Anvil is joining The Planet Mark as the first residential developer to achieve our New Development certification. Its heritage and longstanding commitment to deliver sustainability throughout its build process and usage means that carbon savings, energy performance as well as maintenance, running and end user costs are constantly being considered throughout the lifetime of the building.  Its culture and stakeholder engagement resonates perfectly with The Planet Mark’s three-step process to certification, and the genuine passion for sustainability, demonstrated from the board right through to all of its employees, will ensure the company continues to deliver a legacy of positive change for the better.”   

Low Carbon Europe cuts carbon by 32% to achieve The Planet Mark

Low Carbon Europe cuts carbon by 32% to achieve The Planet Mark

Low Carbon Europe (LCE), a group of experienced professionals supporting a number of public and private sector clients with engineering and energy initiatives as well as their organisational sustainability agenda, has achieved certification to The Planet Mark. 

This is LCE’s fifth year of business carbon footprint reporting. LCE first calculated the carbon footprint of its head office business operations and business travel for the year ending July 2016 and set a target to reduce emissions by 5% annually.  

This year’s total carbon footprint was 7.5 tCO2e, a decrease of 32.1% from the year ending 2019The relative carbon footprint in the year ending July 2020 was 1.3 tCO2e per employee, a decrease of 11.3% compared to 2019. 

Steve Malkin, Founder and CEO of The Planet Mark, commented:This is a fantastic set of results from Low Carbon Europe. The team are dedicated and experienced professionals in sustainability, and so it should come as no surprise to see their passion for environmental change channelled into effective and impactful action. The team’s achievements in carbon reduction are something they can take to all of their clients and stakeholders. Low Carbon Europe walks the walk on sustainability, and I am proud to work with them at The Planet Mark.”  

Marco Romani, Senior Energy Consultant at Low Carbon Europe, commented:The fight against climate change and the path to decarbonisation are inextricably linked to LCE’s core business, which is to increase energy efficiency in order to reduce CO2 emissions and make our clients’ businesses more sustainable. Our staff are constantly working to create shared value, combining the pursuit of the UK’s climate ambitions with tangible sustainable actions and practices.  

Since 2017, The Planet Mark has become a key component to measure the environmental impacts of our business, as well as identify our progress in making our business operations more sustainable. As a result, we have become very keen on promoting the benefits of this scheme and many of our clients are now certified too. 

To meet its sustainability commitments in the future, LCE is planning many new initiatives. These include offering greener travel options, as well as engaging LCE’s landlord to promote energy and water efficiency on-site for all building tenants and setting up a recycling scheme in the building. 

Those working in sustainability have additional pressure to demonstrate their own environmental credentials. They also have a dual motivation in measuring and reducing their own carbon footprint; first, to evidence their enthusiasm for sustainable practice, and second, to demonstrate the capacity to act upon climate change. Sustainability and energy consultancies must begin to act on the climate agenda and pioneer practices they hope to spread among their client base.  

Farrer & Co achieves The Planet Mark certification for second year

Farrer & Co achieves The Planet Mark certification for second year

London based Farrer & Coan independent law firm that advises a range of clients on every aspect of the law, has achieved The Planet Mark certification 

This is Farrer & Co’s second year of business carbon footprint reporting and certification to The Planet Mark. Farrer & Co’s total carbon footprint in the year ending April 2020 was 3,189.8 tCO2e. The carbon footprint per employee was 7.72 tCO2e. 

This year’s footprint includes emissions from electricity, transmission and distribution losses, natural gas, waste, business travel, paper use and freight across four leased sites.  

Building electricity and natural gas consumption accounted for 16% of the total carbon footprint. Business travel accounted for 3% of total emissions and the largest source of emissions arose from procurement which makes up 82% of total emissions. 

Steve Malkin, Founder and CEO of The Planet Mark, commented:It is great to see Farrer & Co make a commitment to combating climate change. Putting down a marker and committing to reducing its environmental impact will be positive news to its wide range of stakeholders and clients. The industry needs to take notemeasuring and reducing carbon impacts will become the new normal, and I applaud Farrer & Co for being a pioneer.” 

Simon Graham, Partner – Board Member at Farrer & Co, commented: Farrer & Co is committed to reducing our carbon footprint and becoming a more sustainable business. Before partnering with Planet Mark in 2018, we were already significantly reducing our energy use by, for example, replacing our old air conditioning system with a new gas refrigerant system and installing Lossnay air systems. Aligning with the Planet Mark certification process has helped us to measure our overall environmental impact in much more detail. We have also committed to reducing our carbon footprint by at least five per cent each year. We have since achieved certification in both May 2019 and May 2020 and for our most recent certification year we reduced our total carbon emissions by 18.3 per cent, and we anticipate further reductions in our current year. We are fully committed to driving forward further changes, actively improving our business through the calculation of our carbon footprint and other environmental impacts, as well as engaging all our staff in initiatives to improve sustainability.

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. 

Farrer & Co committed to looking at ways in which it can reduce the adverse impacts of its business on the environment. From monitoring the levels of use of finite resources, and targets to reduce these year on year, it has identified a number of areas in which it can improve or lessen its impact on the environment. These include targeted policies on waste management, energy consumption (through building energy usage and travel) and improving its sourcing and supply chain sustainability. 

The legal industry must take action on climate change. As we enter a decade of climate action, law firms have many reasons to take stock of their environmental credentials. First, as businesses continue to analyse their supply chains for environmental impacts, law firms recognise the risk in falling behind on sustainability. Second, as the law develops around sustainability, law firms will want to reassure clients that their expertise is evolving with the most pressing concerns to modern businesses. 

Chapters Financial announces huge cut in carbon with The Planet Mark

Chapters Financial announces huge cut in carbon with The Planet Mark

Chapters Financial, a Surrey-based chartered firm of financial planners and independent Financial Advisers, has achieved certification to The Planet Mark with an enormous cut in its carbon footprint.

This is Chapters Financial’s ninth year of business carbon footprint reporting. Chapters Financial’s total carbon footprint in the year ending June 2020 was 4.3 tCO2e, a decrease of 28.4% from the year ending June 2019. The relative carbon footprint was 1.4 tCO2e per employee, a decrease of 4.6% compared to last year’s report.

Steve Malkin, Founder and CEO of The Planet Mark, commented: “I’m delighted to see the continued progress of Chapters Financial. The financial planning industry has a huge role to play in shaping a sustainable future, and Chapters is doing great work in walking the walk on sustainability. Such impressive reductions in carbon are so encouraging to see, especially after nine years with The Planet Mark. Chapters are truly a sustainable pioneer.”

Esther Dadswell, Director at Chapters Financial, said: “Client demand for greater transparency and clarity in the way investments are made has been growing over the last few years as ESG begins to enter the centre stage of all of our lives. Chapters Financial has been working with The Planet Mark to play our part in reducing carbon emissions as a business continuously over the last nine years. All businesses are part of a chain of transactions, either locally, nationally, or internationally. We are proud to have, in our own small way, been involved in helping in the overall process of change. Thank you to The Planet Mark in providing us with a platform to achieve this.”

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.

Chapters Financial continuously engage its employees and wider stakeholders to unlock their talent and knowledge to drive year on year progress in sustainability. It has also committed to transparent communication, as it is essential for accurate transformational change.

The demand for ethical and sustainable financial investment has never been stronger. From individuals to global organisations, increasingly people are looking to invest their money in a future-resilient manner. Financial planners must not only begin to offer sustainable portfolios more regularly, but also be able to demonstrate a commitment to sustainability throughout their organisations.

Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has achieved certification to The Planet Mark

Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has achieved certification to The Planet Mark

This is Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trusts’ fourth year of business carbon footprint reporting. The Trust first calculated the carbon footprint of its entire estate and fleet for the year ending March 2017 and set a target to reduce emissions by 5% annually.

The Trust’s total carbon footprint was 6,601.1 tCO2e, a decrease of 3.4% from the year ending March 2019. The relative carbon footprint in the year ending March 2020 was 1.81 tCO2e per employee, an increase of 3.8% compared to the year ending March 2019.

Steve Malkin, CEO and Founder of The Planet Mark, said: “Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s passion for sustainability is inspiring. While receiving positive results in cutting carbon emissions, and being the first Hospital Trust to receive The Planet Mark, the team is not resting on its laurels; instead, they are pushing forward with new ways to keep the momentum going. This is at the core of a future-thinking mindset, and for that I applaud the trust.”

Since 2017, The Planet Mark has become a key component to measure the environmental impacts of our business, as well as identify our progress in making our business operations more sustainable. As a result, we have become very keen on promoting the benefits of this scheme and many of our clients are now certified too.

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

The decade of climate action calls for decisive steps towards a sustainable future. Leaders are increasingly putting climate change and sustainability on their agendas as environmental concerns become increasingly intertwined with financial, social and health outcomes. Forward-thinking organisations must manage their own future with robust and measurable policies regarding sustainability.

The Trust is taking a number of measures to meet its sustainability commitments going forward. These range from investigating the ability to upgrade to smart water meters and undergoing a heat gains audit to improve data quality and reporting, to commit to improvements in the WARP-IT re-use scheme and the NHS’ Single-Use Plastic Reduction Pledge. The Trust will also continue to progress its actions to create sustainable travel for staff.

In 2009, the NHS published its first carbon strategy, becoming the first major health system in the world to do so. However, climate change has not become the organisation-wide strategic priority it needs to be. The stability of the environment is directly related to the health of the population, so hospitals and trusts playing their part in forging a sustainable world would provide multiple direct benefits to the healthcare industry. As environmental health concerns rise, it is vital that healthcare learns to walk the walk on sustainability.