COP24: The Planet Mark holders cut carbon by 12% per employee

Dec 5, 2018 | News

By <a href="" target="_self">George Catchpole</a>

By George Catchpole

Marketing Manager
As the COP24 Climate Conference gets underway in Katowice, Poland this week (Dec 3rd-14th), The Planet Mark sustainability certification reports that its holders cut their carbon footprint per employee by an average 12% in 2017, helping the programme keep a pledge it made at COP21 three years ago.

Figures released by Planet First, the creator and custodian of The Planet Mark, show that holders of The Planet Mark for Business that have been in the certification programme for more than one year – reduced operational carbon emissions by an average of 12% per employee for year-end 2017.

Holders of The Planet Mark come from across a wide range of sectors and sizes and include large corporates, such as foodservice giant Bidfood, developer Prologis and port owner DP World London Gateway.

The results mean Planet First has met the pledge it made at COP21 three years ago, when the historic Paris Agreement was signed. The pledge put The Planet Mark for Business programme at a “below 2 degrees path” by committing to “help Planet Mark-certified organisations reduce their carbon footprint per employee by at least 10% per year.”

“There are over one million people in The Planet Mark programme and the organisations we certify. Their efforts are being recognised as they are contributing to a 4% reduction in carbon emissions in the places where they work. Like millions of others in the UK and around the world, they are making a real difference by making changes to improve their lives and the lives of others,” commented Steve Malkin, CEO & Founder of The Planet Mark

The Planet Mark was created to empower organisations and their people to make year-on-year progress on sustainability. It is a certification programme that requires businesses to make a commitment to reduce their carbon emissions on an annual basis, using a robust measuring and reporting framework underpinned by the internationally-recognised Greenhouse Gas Protocol standards. A minimum 2.5% carbon reduction per employee or other relevant intensity is required to retain The Planet Mark, but most businesses set annual targets of 5%. Planet First’s latest analysis shows that holders of The Planet Mark achieved an average 4% reduction in total carbon emissions in 2017.

Other findings from the 2017 data show that

  • Holders of The Planet Mark reported 1,409,255 tCO2e
  • The Planet Mark programme engaged 1,017,226 employees
  • Holders of The Planet Mark saved a cumulative14,646 tCO2e This is the equivalent of the carbon emissions produced annually by electricity use in 2,195 homes

This month’s COP24 brings together representatives of governments and heads of state from around the world, to discuss strategies to reduce emissions and build resilience to climate change in line with the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

The Agreement, which was adopted by nations at COP21 in 2015 and came into force less than 12 months later, aims to keep a global temperature rise this century “well below” 2 degrees Celsius and pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

At COP21, Planet First joined more than 60 UK companies in the buildings and construction sector to pledge action on a “below 2°C path”. The collective commitment led by the UK Green Building Council, included Land Securities, JLL and Hanson. Buildings account for about a third of CO2e emissions globally and the buildings and construction sector make up a large number of holders of The Planet Mark. The Planet Mark was founded in 2013 with the iconic Eden Project in Cornwall, UK, and is awarded to businesses, properties, new developments and projects that are committed to reducing their carbon emissions


  • Holders of The Planet Mark are required to make an annual carbon reduction of at least 2.5% on their total carbon footprint or on a per employee, or other qualifying intensity after their second year of being in the programme
  • Since it launched, The Planet Mark has certified over 100 organisations, and has an 88% retention rate.
  • In 2017, organisations certified by The Planet Mark reduced total carbon emissions by 4% on average