Childbase Partnership, an Employee Owned early years childcare provider that cater for children aged 6 months to 5 years of age, have achieved certification to The Planet Mark.
This is Childbase second year of business carbon footprint reporting and certification to The Planet Mark. Childbase’s carbon footprint in the year ending October 2019 was 1,128.2 tCO2e, a decrease of 15.4% from the year ending 2018. The relative carbon footprint was 0.75 tCO2e per employee, a decrease of 22.3% compared to the year ending 2018.
Electricity emissions decreased by 10% and business travel emissions decreased by 16%. It first calculated the carbon footprint of its Head office and nurseries for the year ending October 2018 and set a target to reduce emissions by 5% annually.
Wider scope 3 emissions calculated through the Zeroby30 programme were included for the first time this year. The carbon footprint related to it was 4,774.9 tCO2e. With this additional reporting, Childbase’s total carbon footprint in the year ending October 2019 was 5,903.1 tCO2e.
Steve Malkin, Founder and CEO of The Planet Mark, commented: “Childbase has made some fantastic progress this year, and I cannot say I’m surprised. The commitment shown, be it through engaging the supply chain or educating children about climate change, shows the level of dedication to taking genuine climate action. There is a sense of willpower in the organisation that anything is possible and I hope this serves as an example to all of those in the education sector.”
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.
Childbase Partnership’s Head Office is based in Newport Pagnell and it operates 42 sites across mainly central England. Childbase Partnership is committed to providing sustainable and socially responsible environments within all of its nurseries and this commitment starts at an early age. At present, Childbase take part in both Food for Life Serve Here and Eco-Schools programmes which enhance both education in the environment and environmental issues as well as using produce that comes from sustainable sources. The company has also diverted 98.3% of its main waste streams from landfill in 2019.
Education can and must act sustainably if we are to achieve our carbon targets. From empowering chidlren, raising environmental awareness and improving the physical environment of the education environments, acting on climate change can have positive impacts throughout the community.
CERTIFIED YEAR 2
This is to certify that Childbase Partnership has achieved a reduction in its carbon footprint and is committed to continous improvement in sustainability.
Valid to 31 January 2021
Sir Tim Smit KBE
5,466.3 tCO2e absolute carbon reduction
22.3% carbon reduction per employee
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