Michael Sparks Associates cuts total carbon footprint by 13%

May 30, 2018 | News

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

By George Catchpole

Marketing Manager

By Louise Bateman Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Chartered architects Michael Sparks Associates (MSA), cut its total operational carbon footprint by 13% in 2016-17, compared to the previous year.

The carbon reduction means MSA has retained The Planet Mark™ Certification for a fourth consecutive year.

As well as recording a fall in its absolute carbon footprint, MSA also measured a 13% year-on-year reduction in its carbon emissions per employee for the same period. The relative carbon footprint in year ending July 2017 was 1.2 tonnes of CO2 equivalent (tCO2e) per employee, compared to 1.4 tCO2e In 2015-16. MSA’s total carbon footprint was 35.6 tCO2e, down from 41.1 tCO2e in 2015-16.

This is MSA’s fifth year of business carbon footprint reporting. It first calculated the carbon footprint of its London office operations on St Dionis Place for the year ending July 2011 and set a target to reduce emissions by 5% annually.

This year’s footprint includes emissions from energy use in the building, from fuel used by the fleet, from business related travel, and from water use.

The decrease in total carbon footprint is mostly attributed to an 18% decrease in electricity emissions and a 56% decrease in non fleet vehicles emissions.

Commenting on the carbon reductions, MSA said: “We have been diligent in the use of our pool cars and have had the office refitted with environmentally-friendly LED lighting.”


MSA staff were presented with The Planet Mark™ Certificate at their offices (see picture).

Presenting the award, founder of The Planet Mark™ Steve Malkin, said: “The team at MSA has been relentless in reducing its carbon emissions. This is the fourth consecutive year of certification to The Planet Mark™, which is a testament to the team’s commitment to sustainability in the way it operates the business and the way that it designs its buildings.  MSA is a great example of how sustainability becomes a way of doing business and that ongoing carbon reduction is something we can all achieve.”

The Planet Mark™ Certificate recognises MSA’s good practice in sustainability, including:

  • measuring carbon emissions from electricity, fleet, water and travel
  • cutting its total carbon footprint by 13%
  • Reducing its electricity emissions by 18%
  • investing in the Eden Project to support education on climate change
  • storing 260 tCO2e by protecting one acre of endangered rainforest through the charity Cool Earth
  • committing to engage employees and suppliers to drive improvements.

MSA has set a 5% carbon reduction target for its next annual reporting period.

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.

Since it launched, The Planet Mark™ has certified over 100 organisations and helped holders of The Planet Mark™ cut their average carbon emissions per employee by 10% per annum.

Holders of The Planet Mark™ have a minimum requirement to reduce their carbon emissions by 2.5% per year.

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