St Monica Trust cuts carbon to earn The Planet Mark

St Monica Trust cuts carbon to earn The Planet Mark

St Monica Trust, a charity providing a unique blend of retirement villages, specialist care homes and support for older people in the places where they live, has achieved certification to The Planet Mark.  

St Monica Trust’s total carbon footprint in the year ending December 2019 was 3.300 0 tCO2e, a decrease of 5.7% from the year ending 2018. The relative carbon footprint was 3.9 tCO2e per employee, a decrease of 4% compared to the year ending 2018. 

This is St Monica Trust’s third year of business carbon footprint reporting and certification to The Planet Mark. It first calculated the carbon footprint of its UK business operations for the year ending December 2017 and set a target to reduce emissions by 5% annually. This year’s footprint covers its six sites, and measures energy used in buildings, water use, fleet, business travel, waste disposal and paper use. 

Electricity emissions decreased by 14% and business travel emissions decreased by 10%. Natural gas and fleet emissions remained practically the same, but Scope 3 emissions decreased by 7.4%. 

Steve Malkin, Founder and CEO of The Planet Mark, said: “The results speak for themselves – I’m so happy to see the progress made in cutting carbon by the St Monica Trust this year. The benefit of environmental sustainability will be felt by all in its communities, from residents to staff and visitors. The team are engaged and the eagerness to make positive change is palpable. Their hard work put in has paid off.” 

Mark Thomas, Sustainability Manager for the St Monica Trust, added: “The Planet Mark has been key to keeping Sustainability at the top of St Monica Trust’s agenda, and instrumental in some of the positive changes that we’ve made, whether it be switching to 100% renewables for our energy supplies or changing our printer paper from virgin paper to a recycled paper.” 

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. 

St Monica Trust was the first care provider in the UK to hold The Planet Mark certification. The Trust has made commitments to carry out energy audits, conduct a ‘switch off’ awareness campaign among its staff and residents, develop staff engagement programmes to promote sustainability awareness and increase the availability of recycling facilities throughout its estate. 

Environmental sustainability can have numerous benefits to the care industry. The principles of sustainability have huge consequences for the health, wellbeing and appeal of buildings and spaces used for care. Furthermore, as public opinion continues to recognise the pressing nature of climate change, customers continue to look for sustainable credentials in all of their decisions. Being at the forefront of environmental sustainability allows care providers to promote best practice for their business, their residents, and the planet. 

Rowlinson Knitwear reaffirms its commitment to sustainability with The Planet Mark

Rowlinson Knitwear reaffirms its commitment to sustainability with The Planet Mark

Rowlinson Knitwear, the UK’s market leader in the manufacturing of personalised school knitwear and premium corporatewear, has achieved recertification to The Planet Mark.

Rowlinson’s total carbon footprint in year ending November 2019 was 27,963.0 tCO2e, a decrease of 8.4% from the year ending November 2018. The relative carbon footprint was 476.3 tCO2e per employee, a decrease of 23.5% compared to the year ending November 2018.

This is Rowlinson’s second year of business carbon footprint reporting. It first calculated the carbon footprint of its Stockport site operations for the year ending November 2018 and set a target to reduce emissions by 5% annually.

Sea freight emissions increased by 10% and account for 38% of the company’s total carbon footprint. Air freight emissions decreased by 15%, with fleet and landfill emissions decreasing by 64%.

Steve Malkin, Founder and CEO of The Planet Mark, said, “I am not surprised to see such fantastic results from Rowlinson. The company has embraced sustainable change wholeheartedly, taking a diverse look at the way it impacts the world and making a firm commitment to create positive change. From its suppliers to its team and the way the company talks about climate and ethical responsibility, Rowlinson is quickly becoming an industry exemplar. I applaud the team on its efforts so far, and hope to see more success in the future.”

Donald Moore, Chair of Rowlinson, said, “We’ve taken many steps forward to reduce our carbon footprint, though it’s just the beginning of our ongoing journey to become more sustainable. We’re single-minded in our ambition to demonstrate leadership in responsible business practices in our own industry and the wider business community across Greater Manchester. We hope many more organisations will be inspired to become certified and join us in shaping a more caring and environmentally conscious economy. “

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

Rowlinson Knitwear was established in 1935, as a family owned business, transitioning to employee ownership in 2015. The company is committed to rigorous sustainability policies with its ultimate goal of becoming a Certified B Corporation in addition to it’s The Planet Mark certification. With a supply chain stretching through the Philippines, Egypt and Bangladesh, the company intends to embed a fair-for-all business philosophy, which is evidenced by it becoming a foundation member of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), and signing the Responsible Sourcing Network’s Cotton Pledges. 

Businesses in the clothing industry must begin to act on carbon emissions. As well as being major emitters of carbon and waste, the industry is under growing pressure from consumers to act in a sustainable manner, for reasons as varied as workforce satisfaction to plastic pollution. The market for sustainable clothing is rapidly growing and represents a significant opportunity for clothing brands to develop with a reduced environmental impact.

Hive Cleaning cuts carbon by 73% to achieve certification to The Planet Mark

Hive Cleaning cuts carbon by 73% to achieve certification to The Planet Mark

Hive Cleaninga commercial office cleaning company that prides itself on providing an extraordinary level of service and sustainable and ethical values, has achieved certification to The Planet Mark. 

Hive Cleaning’s total carbon footprint in year ending December 2019 was 2.2 tCO2e, a decrease of 56.5% from the year ending 2018. The relative carbon footprint was 0.43 tCO2e per employee, a decrease of 73.9% compared to the year ending 2018. 

This is Hive Cleaning’s second year of business carbon footprint reporting. It first calculated the carbon footprint of its Head Office operations for the year ending December 2018 and set a target to reduce emissions by 5% annually. This year’s footprint includes emissions from natural gas, purchased electricity, T&D, fleet, waste and printing paper for its London site. 

Electricity emissions decreased by 48%, and natural gas emissions decreased by 62%. The purchase of a fully electric van for the fleet in July 2019 is commendable and no emissions have been attributed for this emissions source because the vehicle is always charged at a renewable power electric charging point. 

Steve Malkin, Founder and CEO of The Planet Mark, said:The results of Hive Cleaning’s carbon reduction speak for themselves. The company truly embodies a sustainable approach, thinking about every aspect of its business and how it can perform better for the planet. I’m so pleased to see the momentous progress made in just one year, and I hope Hive can continue to serve as an exemplar of carbon footprint reduction.” 

Louis Beaumont, Managing Director at Hive Cleaning, commented: Since the very beginning the founders of Hive were determined to create a truly sustainable business with environmental stewardship and strong ethical values at its heart. To this end our robust safety, ethics and environmental policies are at the core of everything we do. Sourcing eco-friendly cleaning products instead of harsh chemicals, toilet paper made from  bamboo, zero to landfill waste management, using green technologies, buying British, all help us to be truly sustainable and one of the most environmentally friendly cleaning companies in London, certified by The Planet Mark. One of our landmark and most popular initiatives is adopting a beehive with every new contract. Measuring and reducing carbon footprint with The Planet Mark has helped us immensely to think more strategically about our next steps in sustainability, working with our employees, suppliers and clients.  

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

The cleaning industry is primed for real change in sustainability. Through taking close care of its supply chain, becoming knowledgeable about the impacts of chemicals in cleaning supplies and their correct disposal, the industry and its clients can quickly become much more resilient to the impacts of climate change in the future. As businesses more widely become more aware of the environmental impact of their supply chains, the cleaning industry will have to react accordingly to promote sustainable products and practices. 

WCG takes climate action with The Planet Mark 

WCG takes climate action with The Planet Mark 

WCG (formerly Warwickshire College Group) which includes seven colleges across Warwickshire and Worcestershire has achieved certification to The Planet Mark for a sixth year. 

WCG’s total carbon footprint in the year ending July 2019 was 4,312.3 tCO2e, a decrease of 1.5% from the year ending July 2018. The relative carbon footprint was 0.3% tCO2e per staff and student, an increase of 0.3% compared to the year ending July 2018. The company achieved a year-on-year reduction of 6.9% based on a three-year average carbon reduction. 

 The college group first calculated the carbon footprint of its estate for the year ending July 2013 and set a target to reduce emissions by 5% annually. This year’s footprint includes emissions from energy use in buildings, waste disposal, and water use across its eight Colleges. 

Steve Malkin, Founder and CEO of The Planet Mark, said: “As WCG expands, it’s a great pleasure to see its sustainable principles expand too. As one of the largest groups of further and adult education institutions in the country, the group is primed to empower all of its students with a sustainable mindset. To do this, the foundations of climate action must be at the core of the group’s actions, and the work of their team show this is the case.”  

Roger Bevan, Chief Finance Officer at WCG, said:To receive the recognition of The Planet Mark for a sixth successive year is fantastic news for the college group. It is evidence of our long-term commitment to driving down the carbon footprint across each of our seven colleges. 

It’s crucial that all organisations play their part in addressing this global issue and continue to dedicate time to increasing sustainability, even in the unprecedented circumstances like we have faced this year.” 

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

The education sector has a tremendous opportunity to shape the sustainable agenda for future generations. As well as the sector’s opportunity to provide direct training and education for the growing number of green jobs in forward-thinking economies, a wider awareness of sustainability is vital for climate action across the nation. Educational institutions have the opportunity to create a broad culture change and challenge students, staff and stakeholders alike in thinking about how sustainability impacts their wider life. 

Hillier Nurseries joins the battle on climate change with The Planet Mark 

Hillier Nurseries joins the battle on climate change with The Planet Mark 

Hillier Nurseries Ltd is proud to have achieved certification to The Planet Mark. Founded in 1864, the company remains family-run, employing over 700 staff across its 17 garden centres and nurseries located across the South of England. Hillier is renowned for providing top quality plants and everything a gardener needs for their outdoor spaces.  

This is the first year of Hillier’s business carbon footprint reporting and certification to The Planet Mark. From September 2018 to August 2019, the carbon footprint of Hillier has been calculated to be 1,865.3 tCO2e and the relative carbon footprint was 4.8 tCO2e per employee. 

In calculating the carbon footprint of the company, Hillier has included all 21 of its sites, which include Head Office, all nurseries and garden centres, and has set a target to reduce emissions by 5% annually. The carbon footprint calculation figure includes emissions from purchased electricity, transmission and distribution losses, natural gas, fuel, waste, and business travel. Electricity accounts for 45% of the total carbon emissions, heating fuel accounts for 26%. 

Steve Malkin, Founder and CEO of The Planet Mark, commented: “Hillier is a perfect fit with The Planet Mark. Not content with just selling products that provide a benefit to the local and global environment, the team is constantly aware of how they can make their business work better, for themselves and their customers. I’m delighted to have Hillier on board and look forward to working with them in the future.” 

“The environment and its protection are right at the core of what we do at Hillier and is one of the top priorities for all our team” says George Hillier, Director of Property and fifth-generation Hillier family member: “We have been researching for some time to find the right partner to help us progress our measurement, analysis, and action plans to ensure that Hillier achieves our goal to reduce our carbon footprint by a minimum of 5% year on year. The Planet Mark has offered us the most comprehensive and robust support to help us achieve this goal and we are delighted to be working with them as our partner.”  

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. 

Hillier aims to be a leader in good environmental practice, developing a sustainable approach to managing waste, water and its plants. Waste is kept to a minimum throughout the nurseries’ supply chain, and the company is proud that its nurseries were one of the first to introduce kerbside recyclable non-black pots in spring 2019, with 99% of black plastic now recycled on-site. Its nurseries are also 85% water self-sufficient through a drainage system in which rainwater and irrigation runoff is collected, filtered, cleaned, treated on sited and used to irrigate crops. In 2019, Hillier also became the first UK ornamental tree nursery to be accredited with the Woodland Trusts UK Sourced and Grown Assurance Scheme (UKSG). 

Nurseries must pay attention to developments in the sustainable world to stay competitive. While the wide-ranging environmental, health and social benefits to flora is well known, suppliers and nurseries must remain conscious of their supply chains, to make sure they are sustainable and ethically sourced. As modern consumer demands become increasingly conscious of a products source, nurseries should respond with their own rigorous and accountable approach to sustainability.