First Base, a mixed-use developer focused on delivering long-term social value for communities across the UK, has achieved certification to The Planet Mark.
This is First Base’s first year of business carbon footprint reporting and certification to The Planet Mark. First Base’s total carbon footprint in the year ending December 2019 was 14.6 tCO2e and the relative carbon footprint was 0.7 tCO2e per employee. First Base’s market based total carbon footprint in year ending December 2019 was 10.4 tCO2e.
It first calculated the carbon footprint of its London operational site on Wimpole Street 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, transmission and distribution losses, natural gas, business travel and printing paper.
Electricity accounts for 29% of the total carbon emissions, natural gas accounts for 3%. Scope 3 emissions accounts for 68% of total emissions.
Steve Malkin, Founder and CEO of The Planet Mark, commented: “First Base is enviable in its ambition to create positive, sustainable change in the built environment, and I applaud everyone at the company for that. We need to see more proactive and pioneering developers, and First Base is really taking the reins with both hands in its quest for carbon neutrality. I’m inspired by everyone involved in taking action and I am eager to see the results of the hard work put in.”
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.
First Base is committed to reducing the environmental impact of its projects as part of its mission to deliver long-term social value for communities across the UK. The company has regularly placed sustainability at the heart of its designs, and has backed this up by declaring a climate emergency. The company is in the process of undertaking a thorough review of its business and will publish a Climate Emergency Plan stating what it will do to meet the target for zero carbon emissions. From its very first scheme nearly 20 years ago in Hackney to its most recent project in Brighton, the developer has exceeded what’s required to reduce our impact on the environment.
The construction industry must act swiftly on climate change. Responsible for a huge portion of the world’s emissions, the industry needs to make progress on both operational and on-site carbon emissions by embracing pioneering technologies and ways of working.
CERTIFIED YEAR 1
This is to certify that First Base has achieved a reduction in its carbon footprint and is committed to continous improvement in sustainability.
Valid to 31 March 2021
Sir Tim Smit KBE
0.7 tCO2e carbon footprint per employee
14.6 tCO2e total carbon footprint
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