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

  • 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,

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 05 December 2018

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  • The Planet Mark Awards 2018 Video

  • Five years ago we took the bold step to launch a new sustainability brand – The Planet Mark. We wanted to do our bit to accelerate sustainability by making it easier for organisations to have more positive impacts on society and the environment. Our five year anniversary awards showcased the outstanding achievements in sustainability

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  • Published:
    Monday 26 November 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Monday 26 November 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Monday 19 November 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Friday 09 November 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 31 October 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

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    Wednesday 31 October 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

  • International day of climate action: The role of business

  • The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is on the implications of warming of just 1.5C and also on the methods by which that might be realised. The minutiae of report are worth understanding, but there’s one exigent takeaway that affects people, businesses and industry of all sizes: we need to reduce

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 24 October 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 17 October 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Friday 12 October 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

  • IPCC Report: reaction from The Planet Mark

  • The report reveals unprecedented changes are required across society to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. Doing so will reduce the severity of climate impacts ranging from extreme weather to rising seas, and in the wake of the report, campaigners urged rapid action from governments and individuals. The

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  • Published:
    Tuesday 09 October 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Tuesday 09 October 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Monday 08 October 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Monday 24 September 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

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    Monday 24 September 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

  • The Planet Mark partners with Psychologies Magazine

  • Sustainability comes in many guises and means different things to different people. Many of us are passionate about eradicating plastic from our lives, others are tackling carbon emissions and climate change and for some, it is more about our health, wellbeing and positive impact on society. There is a common ground in all of these

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  • Published:
    Monday 24 September 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

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    Monday 24 September 2018

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  • The Planet Mark Awards Shortlist

  • We are thrilled to announce the shortlisted companies for this years inaugural Awards evening.The Awards will showcase outstanding achievements in sustainability from across our diverse and growing community of holders of The Planet Mark The awards, which are set to become an annual event, will present a chance for Planet Mark holders

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  • Published:
    Monday 24 September 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Friday 21 September 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

  • The Climate Coach: Transport

  • In the most recent of a series of blogs for The Planet Mark™, Carolina Karlstom founder of sustainability advisory & coaching company Jade Advisory discusses immediate and longer-term actions that individuals and organisations can take to make a difference specifically when it comes to road transport.

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  • Published:
    Sunday 23 September 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

  • Sir Tim Smit to speak at The Planet Mark™ five year event

  • We are delighted to announce that Sir Tim Smit, Co-Founder of Eden Project, returns to give us another rousing and inspiring speech 5-years on from when he helped launch The Planet Mark. The awards, which are set to become an annual event, will present a chance for Planet Mark™ holders to celebrate their sustainable achievements,

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  • Published:
    Thursday 13 September 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

  • SMES and the Sustainable Development Goals

  • There is no universal definition of small and medium enterprises (SMEs). It is however generally undisputed that the overwhelming majority of private-sector businesses in the world are SMEs and that they account for a very large share of world economic activity in both developed and developing countries. Small and medium enterprises

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  • Published:
    Tuesday 28 August 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Tuesday 14 August 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Monday 13 August 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

  • The Planet Mark™ Five Year Anniversary Awards

  • The awards, which are set to become an annual event, will present a chance for Planet Mark™ holders to celebrate their sustainable achievements, network with and learn from other businesses in The Planet Mark™ community. Their launch will also be an important milestone for The Planet Mark™ Certification programme itself, which celebrates

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 08 August 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

  • Carolina Karlstrom: the business case for taking climate action

  • Climate change is the most pressing and critical challenge humanity has faced in its history. We don’t have the time to rely on regulators to pass appropriate climate mitigation and adaption legislation. Climate action from across all industry sectors, whatever the size of organisation is essential, required and indeed increasingly

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  • Published:
    Thursday 02 August 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Sunday 29 July 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

  • CLARITY-The Soap Co. launches new brand BECỌ onto supermarket shelves

  • The new BECỌ products, which have been designed so consumers can purchase without compromise on social and environmental concerns, will launch onto supermarket shelves from July. BECỌ, which stands for Better Considered, is a new sister brand to The Soap Co., a premium luxury brand created by CLARITY, the UK’s oldest social enterprise

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 04 July 2018

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

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  • Published:
    Thursday 28 June 2018

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    Louise Bateman

  • CNG achieves The Planet Mark™ sustainability certification

  • CNG, which is based in Harrogate, Yorkshire, supplies energy to more than 45,000 business sites. The decision to report its carbon footprint for the first time followed a recent move by the company to move into electricity, with a key focus on renewable energy. “We realised that we needed to practice what we preach and start making

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 20 June 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

  • Oktra slashes carbon footprint by 30%

  • The reduction means Oktra has retained The Planet Mark™ sustainability certification for a fifth consecutive year. Oktra has been measuring and reporting its carbon footprint for eight years and has been a holder of The Planet Mark™ since 2014. Oktra’s total carbon footprint in its latest reporting period stood at 85.3 tonnes of

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  • Published:
    Monday 18 June 2018

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

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  • Published:
    Tuesday 05 June 2018

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    Louise Bateman

  • Michael Sparks Associates cuts total carbon footprint by 13%

  • 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

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  • Published:
    Tuesday 29 May 2018

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

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  • Published:
    Monday 21 May 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Monday 14 May 2018

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

  • Five easy steps to a great carbon footprint.

  • As a sustainability consultant for The Planet Mark™, I have delivered a wide variety of carbon footprints. Measuring and year-on-year monitoring of an organisation’s carbon emissions, is an integral part of The Planet Mark™ certification process and this year alone, we will be issuing close to 100 certifications covering everything

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  • Published:
    Friday 11 May 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

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    Friday 11 May 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 02 May 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

  • Turning the tide on plastic pollution

  • Q.What do you think would be the single most important thing for businesses and individuals to do to reduce their plastic pollution? Just 14% of plastic packaging is collected for recycling worldwide, one third ends up in the natural world and if current trends continue, by as early as 2050 our oceans could contain more plastics

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  • Published:
    Sunday 22 April 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Thursday 26 April 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Thursday 26 April 2018

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    Louise Bateman

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  • Published:
    Thursday 19 April 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Thursday 15 March 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

  • Our top five tips for water stewardship in your business

  • Water is unlike any other commodity on Earth. It underpins almost every activity we pursue in life, not just in our everyday lives, but in food production, energy production and industries of all shapes and sizes. But with water shortages becoming omnipresent across the globe, water can no longer be seen as an infinite resource. Unprecedented

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  • Published:
    Thursday 15 March 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

  • Case study: saving water at The Eden Project

  • The Eden Project, an educational charity, connects us with each other and the living world, exploring how we can work towards a better future. Eden is nestled in a huge crater. Here massive covered Biomes housing the largest rainforest in captivity, Mediterranean landscapes, stunning plants, crop displays, art installations, exhibitions

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  • Published:
    Thursday 15 March 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

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    Thursday 15 March 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

  • Plastic bottle deposit return scheme: The Planet Mark™ view

  • Today's announcement by Environment Secretary Michael Gove to introduce a national deposit return scheme for single-use plastic and glass bottles and cans sends all the right messages to people and business. The public have been shocked by the huge cost to our oceans and natural world from plastic pollution and are calling for

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    Wednesday 28 March 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

  • The Planet Mark™ Carbon Management Clinic returns to edie Live 2018

  • Following the launch of its popular Carbon Management Clinic last year, The Planet Mark™ team is returning for a second year to offer expert advice on a wide range of issues relating to carbon management at edie Live 2018, running from May 22-23 at Birmingham’s NEC. Visitors are invited to book their free 20-minute one-to-one surgeries

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  • Published:
    Monday 26 March 2018

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 14 March 2018

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    Louise Bateman

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  • Published:
    Tuesday 06 March 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Monday 05 March 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Monday 05 March 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Thursday 01 February 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Monday 05 March 2018

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    Louise Bateman

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  • Published:
    Thursday 01 March 2018

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    Louise Bateman

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 28 February 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

  • Bywaters recycling plant cuts total carbon footprint by 12%

  • Bywaters operates a major materials recovery facility (MRF) in East London. The facility at the Lea River site reduced its total carbon footprint by 12% to 4,065 tonnes of CO2 equivalent (tCO2e) in 2016, compared to 2015. The reduction easily outstripped the company’s carbon reduction target of 2.5% for that year. The reduction

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  • Published:
    Friday 23 February 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Friday 02 February 2018

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 10 January 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 10 January 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

  • Proper Oils: "sustainability is helping to grow the business"

  • What inspired you to include sustainability in your business agenda? I have always held an ardent interest in sustainability, the business was partly created due to my passion for it. My ambition was to help catalyze sustainability in the industry and break the supply chain by producing fuel locally. We have realised this ambition

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 10 January 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

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    Wednesday 10 January 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

  • CNG: "a sustainable decision is a smart decision"

  • What inspired you to include sustainability in your business agenda? As we were developing the renewables department within CNG, the opportunity arose to incorporate sustainability within our business strategy. It’s a buzzword that people use frequently, but we find that they are often unaware of what it really means. On a very

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 10 January 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

  • CLARITY-The Soap Co. recognised at PwC's Building Public Trust Awards

  • Clarity-The Soap Co., which recently became a holder of The Planet Mark™, won in the Environmental Impact Category at PwC's Building Public Trust Awards held on November 30 2017. The awards recognise PwC Social Entrepreneurs Club members who are implementing innovative and impactful solutions to society's challenges. The winner is

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  • Published:
    Thursday 14 December 2017

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    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Friday 10 November 2017

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

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  • Published:
    Thursday 30 November 2017

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    Louise Bateman

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  • Published:
    Thursday 30 November 2017

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

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  • Published:
    Thursday 30 November 2017

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    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 29 November 2017

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 29 November 2017

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    Louise Bateman

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 22 November 2017

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    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Thursday 16 November 2017

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

  • CRC is dead… long live the SECR

  • In amongst the hype of the Clean Growth Strategy and the Draft Domestic Tariff Cap Bill, you would be forgiven for missing the fact that BEIS also put out five consultations that same day. These include a Call for Evidence on reforming the Green Deal Framework, a consultation to stimulate waste heat recovery in the industrial sector,

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  • Published:
    Monday 23 October 2017

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    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 18 October 2017

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

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  • Published:
    Thursday 28 September 2017

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    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Friday 29 September 2017

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

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  • Published:
    Thursday 28 September 2017

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    Louise Bateman

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    Thursday 28 September 2017

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    ThePlanetMark

  • Higgins Construction cuts carbon footprint by 12.5%

  • The award is in recognition of Higgins Construction achieving a 12.5% reduction in its carbon footprint both as total measure and on per employee basis. The cut was against a target of a 5% reduction in emissions per employee. Higgins’ total carbon footprint amounted to 557.1 tonnes of CO2 equivalent (tCO2e) in 2016 compared to

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 27 September 2017

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

  • The Planet Mark™ to exhibit at UK Construction Week

  • UK Construction Week is the annual exhibition designed to drive forward and promote the construction industry and describes itself as “the largest gathering of the UK’s built environment community”. It is being held at Birmingham’s National Convention Centre (NEC) from October 10th to 12th. The show is expected to attract more than

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 20 September 2017

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

  • Building a sustainable SME: construction firm Decorean

  • Q. Can you describe Decorean and what sustainability means to you? A. Decorean is an Orthodox Jewish-owned construction business which has been trading since 2010. We’re based in Tottenham, London, and we number around 14-15 employees. Up until now, we have worked predominantly in the Jewish community and we’ve been expanding year-on-year.

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  • Published:
    Tuesday 12 September 2017

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

  • Exterion Media achieves 11% cut in its total carbon footprint

  • Exterion Media’s total carbon footprint at the end of 2016 stood at 942 tonnes of CO2 equivalent (tCO2e), a decrease of 10.9% from 2015 on a normalised basis. Its relative carbon footprint in 2016 was 2.52 tCO2e per employee, compared to 2.81 tCO2e in 2015 – a 10.4% reduction. The cut follows a major push by the company to reduce

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  • Published:
    Tuesday 12 September 2017

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Monday 11 September 2017

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    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Monday 04 September 2017

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    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 02 August 2017

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    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Tuesday 01 August 2017

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    ThePlanetMark

  • Steve’s blog: whole-life carbon target setting in infrastructure

  • From the outset, The Planet Mark™ has advocated whole-life carbon modelling and the use of lifecycle assessments to better inform the design, specifications, construction and operation of low carbon, sustainable buildings and infrastructure.  Working with leading developers, we know that a significant percentage of a building's

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  • Published:
    Monday 24 July 2017

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 12 July 2017

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    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Tuesday 04 July 2017

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    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Thursday 08 June 2017

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 07 June 2017

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

  • Published:
    Friday 02 June 2017

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

  • Artificial intelligence: is it green?

  • All around us today people talk and write about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning and how they are multiplying our productivity, revolutionising our industry and threatening our jobs. This debate is set to long continue as AI and robotics progressively take over programmable repetitive tasks and jobs across the spectrum.

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  • Published:
    Thursday 01 June 2017

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

  • Sadie Mevlit joins Planet First as business development manager

  • Sadie, a sales professional of 17 years, will take up her new full-time position at Planet First at the start of June. She will be responsible for increasing the reach of The Planet Mark™ across all sectors in the UK and internationally. Sadie joins Planet First from Faversham House, where she has spent the last two years as market

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  • Published:
    Tuesday 16 May 2017

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

  • Carbon management: why bother reducing your carbon emissions?

  • A majority of UK adults (64%) now believe that human activities are contributing to global warming – a consensus held by 97% of climate scientists for some time now. Yet climate change remains a complex issue that is just as likely to trigger an emotional response as it is to lead to reasoned argument. Moreover, our views on its

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  • Published:
    Monday 15 May 2017

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

  • Carbon management: five steps to a great carbon footprint

  • As a sustainability consultant for The Planet Mark™, I have delivered a wide variety of carbon footprints. Measuring and year-on-year monitoring of an organisation’s carbon emissions, is an integral part of The Planet Mark™ certification process and this year alone, we will be issuing close to 100 certifications covering everything

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  • Published:
    Monday 08 May 2017

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Thursday 27 April 2017

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    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 26 April 2017

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 26 April 2017

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    Louise Bateman

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  • Published:
    Monday 24 April 2017

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

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  • Published:
    Friday 21 April 2017

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 05 April 2017

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 22 March 2017

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

  • World Water Day and why saving water matters

  • World Water Day was created by the United Nations as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. It is held annually on March 22nd and the theme for 2017 is ‘wastewater’. Wastewater and how to conserve it is something we understand only too

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 15 March 2017

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

  • Sustainability in the workplace: spaces where tech meets nature

  • There is no escaping the fact that work is a huge part of our lives and this environment is increasingly coming under scrutiny. The penny seems to be dropping that work spaces are actually life spaces and currently these spaces generally don’t meet fundamental human needs. So we are asking ourselves the question, "how do we improve

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  • Published:
    Tuesday 07 March 2017

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Friday 17 February 2017

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    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Thursday 23 February 2017

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

  • Corporate growth catalyst: sustainability’s new role

  • As a term used to describe the business programmes, products, and practices built around environmental and social considerations, ‘sustainability’ is too frequently seen as a luxury investment or a PR device. However, evidence exists to show that sustainability initiatives create profits, opportunities and good employee karma. At

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  • Published:
    Thursday 23 February 2017

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

  • Sutton United: out of the FA Cup but still a sustainability winner

  • Sutton United Football Club made a valiant effort to defeat Arsenal in the FA Cup fifth round. In the end it didn't prove enough, but the club can be proud of what it has achieved – and not just on the pitch. The club, which is run by volunteers, cut its carbon footprint by 13.8% in 2016, ensuring it retains the title of being the

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  • Published:
    Tuesday 21 February 2017

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

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  • Published:
    Monday 13 February 2017

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

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  • Published:
    Thursday 09 February 2017

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Monday 30 January 2017

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

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  • Published:
    Monday 16 January 2017

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

  • Nadia Karagianni joins Planet First as sustainability consultant

  • Nadia, who’s appointment is effective immediately, brings over eight years experience in carbon and energy management consulting. She takes over responsibility for managing The Planet Mark™ Certifications, including all client relation activities. She will report to Andrew Prosser, acting head of Certification at Planet First. Commenting

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  • Published:
    Friday 13 January 2017

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

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  • Published:
    Thursday 05 January 2017

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

  • Flood of money wasted on wrong defences

  • New research from the think tank the Green Alliance has revealed that, in England: Nearly four times as much money (£1.5 billion) is spent on land management that ignores or even increases flood risk, than on land management that helps to prevent flooding (£419 million) Twice as much money (£613 million) is spent on dealing with

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  • Published:
    Tuesday 13 December 2016

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

  • Bywaters crowned 'Champion of Champions' in Green Apple Awards

  • Bywaters, London’s largest waste management company, won the top award at the the International Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice presented in the House of Commons, Palace of Westminster in November. In addition the company won three green champion awards and two gold awards for its pioneering approach to the environment

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  • Published:
    Sunday 13 November 2016

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Tuesday 22 November 2016

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

  • DP World London Gateway wins Green Port Award

  • The accolade was awarded to DP World London Gateway at the inaugural IHS DPC Innovation Awards held on November 10 in London. DP World London Gateway was judged the best Green Ports and Terminals of the Year because of its pioneering global industry first in delivering a sustainable practice which demonstrates a commitment to carbon

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 16 November 2016

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

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  • Published:
    Saturday 12 November 2016

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

  • Ecopare awarded The Planet Mark™ Sustainability Certification

  • The Planet Mark™ Certificate was presented to Ecopare by Steve Malkin, founder of The Planet Mark™ and Sir Tim Smit KBE, Co-founder of the Eden Project, at The Planet Mark™ 3rd anniversary celebration on November 1 in London.  Ecopare, based in Guildford, specialises in practical energy management for industrial, educational and

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  • Published:
    Friday 11 November 2016

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

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  • Published:
    Thursday 10 November 2016

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 09 November 2016

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

  • Where is the sustainability leadership in the world of media?

  • November is when we think about ‘The Bigger Picture’, encouraged by the week-long sustainability event of the same name hosted by Planet Mark-certified The Hospital Club – where media professionals like to meet. But what does sustainability mean to media professionals? Is it greener production? Is it social sustainability problems

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    Friday 04 November 2016

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    ThePlanetMark

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    Tuesday 01 November 2016

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    ThePlanetMark

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    Thursday 27 October 2016

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    ThePlanetMark

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    Wednesday 26 October 2016

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

  • 6 tips for online conferencing

  • We now longer need to be tied to the office to conduct effective and efficient business meetings and often we can avoid the time, hassle, cost and carbon footprint implications of travelling to meetings – especially if we have already met face-to-face. Free applications such as Skype, Google Hangouts and FaceTime are familiar to

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    Wednesday 26 October 2016

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    ThePlanetMark

  • Kigali Signals Death Knell for Hydrofluorocarbons

  • These manmade substances which are used mainly in refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment, have a global warming effect up to 15,000 times greater than carbon dioxide and are the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions. The UK has been a leader in eliminating HFC. The recent agreement represents a significant step

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    Friday 21 October 2016

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    ThePlanetMark

  • Low Carbon Europe to deliver The Planet Mark™ in milestone deal

  • The milestone agreement marks the first time The Planet Mark™ Certification Programme will be delivered by a third-party company. The deal was signed last week between Low Carbon Europe and Planet First Ltd, the creator and custodian of The Planet Mark™. It means Low Carbon Europe, an engineering and environmental consultancy based

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  • Published:
    Tuesday 25 October 2016

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

  • Published:
    Tuesday 18 October 2016

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

  • Eden Project’s Festival of Hope set to ‘Inspire Sustainability’

  • The inventors of edible bottle Ooho!, Fourth Element, a diving gear business behind swimwear fashioned from recycled fishing nets, and TOAST Ale, which makes ale out of bread destined for the bin, are amongst the green businesses and start-ups sharing their inspiring sustainability stories at the Festival of Hope at the iconic Eden

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  • Published:
    Tuesday 11 October 2016

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

  • Historic Paris climate agreement to come into force in November

  • The UN confirmed on Wednesday that the climate treaty would take effect from November 4, after the European Union voted to ratify the historic agreement negotiated in Paris last December by almost 200 nations. The EU, with 28 members, accounts for 12 per cent of global emissions, which is enough to reach the 55 per cent threshold

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  • Published:
    Monday 10 October 2016

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    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Thursday 22 September 2016

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

  • Paris Agreement on climate change set to come into force

  • The 31 countries, which include Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and the United Arab Emirates, bring the total to have signed up to the agreement to 60 – representing 47.5% of global emissions. 13 other nations today committed to doing so this year. The Paris Treaty was a commitment made last December by almost 200 countries to keep global

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    Wednesday 21 September 2016

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    Louise Bateman

  • Sustainable travel: 5 tips for Carfree Day in your business

  • Thursday 22nd September 2016 is World Carfree Day when people are encouraged to get around without driving alone in cars and instead car-share, use public transport, cycle, or walk. The objective is to reduce traffic congestion, fossil-fuel consumption and the associated CO2 emissions and air pollution. It is also an opportunity

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  • Published:
    Monday 19 September 2016

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    ThePlanetMark

  • Steve's Blog: Microbeads ban is a lesson to sustainability laggards

  • Microbeads are tiny pieces of plastic in cosmetic products. But as waste product they are lethal to marine life when ingested and also get into our food chain. Last year, we joined CIDESCO, the world standard for spa and beauty therapy, in calling for a ban. This move was swiftly followed by Barack Obama confirming the end of microbeads

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  • Published:
    Friday 09 September 2016

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    ThePlanetMark

  • Hinkley not necessary says ECIU

  • The ECIU found that a mixture of established approaches including wind farms, cables connecting the UK grid with other countries and gas-fired power stations, together with measures to manage demand, would save the UK around £1 billion per year while keeping the lights on and meeting climate targets. ECIU director Richard Black said

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  • Published:
    Friday 26 August 2016

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

  • The Planet Mark™ website gets a revamp

  • The main change to the website is a new homepage, redesigned to create a more compelling, vibrant and easier to navigate layout and clearer proposition to visitors. A new full-width ‘hero’ image at the top incorporates the bold new message “The Planet is In Your Hands” and invites visitors to “Join our community for a better future”.

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    Wednesday 31 August 2016

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    Louise Bateman

  • Steve's blog: Drone videos help PV energise employee engagement

  • On a trip to Bywaters materials recycling facility in east London, I was impressed to see a large LED monitor in its reception displaying the performance of its £1m PV array designed and installed by M3 Solutions. But what really caught my eye was the awe-inspiring video footage of the huge array, apparently the largest retrofit

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    Wednesday 31 August 2016

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    ThePlanetMark

  • Deadline nears for entries to tve Global Sustainability Film Awards

  • The awards encourage companies large and small to showcase through their own films, pioneering innovations and their impact on the world, their workforce, their communities and the environment. The awards are being supported by The Planet Mark™ through its partnership with the charity tve. This year categories reflect the global

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 31 August 2016

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    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Tuesday 30 August 2016

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

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    Monday 15 August 2016

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

  • Fleet management: 5 reasons to consider electric vehicles

  • For a business where travel is unavoidable (e.g. delivery), switching to electric cars and vans will make a major contribution towards reducing their carbon footprint, but many still point to the limited range of electric vehicles (EVs) as the main reason for sticking with fossil fuelled vehicles, or that the lease or purchase of

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 03 August 2016

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Monday 01 August 2016

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

  • Steve's blog: is there life after DECC?

  • Apart from another record-breaking hot month (Jan-June 2016 were the hottest 6-months since records began according to NASA), this summer is proving difficult to predict decisions and second-guess outcomes. The latest relates to the disbanding of DECC and the likely after effects. DECC has been merged or subsumed into the new Department

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  • Published:
    Thursday 21 July 2016

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 20 July 2016

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

  • Department of Energy and Climate Change axed

  • BIS has been renamed the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Greg Clark, former Secretary of State for the Department of Communities and Local Government, has been appointed to head the new ministry. The announcement was made yesterday, as part of May’s reshuffle, which also saw Andrea Leadsom, a former Climate

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  • Published:
    Friday 15 July 2016

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

  • 6 ways to communicate your sustainability programme

  • The power of communication is often over-looked, but it can make all the difference in attracting and retaining your best employees and valued customers. But communication is a creative process that unless done well, will waste you money and time – and ultimately could cost your business’ reputation. Here are six ways to effectively

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  • Published:
    Monday 11 July 2016

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

  • Eden Project's Festival of Hope returns for a second year

  • Eden Project held its first Festival of Hope on the eve of the 2015 Paris Climate Talks. The event was dubbed "a celebration of the inspirational people, businesses and sustainable solutions paving the way for a low-carbon future" and was so successful that Eden is planning another this year on Sunday November 27th. We'll update

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  • Published:
    Thursday 07 July 2016

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

  • VolkerWessels UK cuts carbon footprint by 9%  

  • VolkerWessels UK, which employs over 2,500 people across six operating companies – VolkerFitzpatrick, VolkerRail, VolkerStevin, VolkerHighways, VolkerLaser and VolkerInfra – and their shared services, reported a total carbon footprint of 24,742 tonnes per CO2 equivalent (tCO2e) for last year, compared to 26,656 tCO2e in 2014 – representing

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  • Published:
    Monday 04 July 2016

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

  • European greenhouse gas emissions fall

  • The survey published this week showed there was a 4.1% reduction in emissions to 24.4% below 1990 levels, according to the EU’s annual inventory by the European Environment Agency (EEA), ThisWeekInFM reports. It is certain that Europe has been able to reduce greenhouse gas emissions ’substantially’ since 1990 and believes it is

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  • Published:
    Friday 24 June 2016

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    ThePlanetMark

  • Brexit: Amber Rudd seeks to reassure businesses over climate action

  • Speaking at the Business and Climate Summit on Wednesday (June 29), Amber Rudd sought to quell businesses and investor nerves, saying the Government remained firmly committed to the Climate Change Act. She confirmed the Government would approve a world-leading carbon emissions reduction target for the early 2030s by tomorrow – the

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 29 June 2016

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

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    Wednesday 29 June 2016

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

  • Acorn picked as sustainability finalist at PFM Awards

  • AIS BMS is a dedicated Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) maintenance and energy solutions company. It is part of The Planet Mark-certified Acorn Engineering Group (AEG). The Planet Mark™ is a sustainability certification awarded to businesses that show continuous improvement in their sustainability. AIS BMS was picked as

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 29 June 2016

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    Louise Bateman

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    Friday 24 June 2016

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Monday 20 June 2016

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

  • Five ways to drive up energy efficiencies in your business

  • According to the International Energy Agency, approximately 40% of the emissions reductions required by 2050 to limit global temperature increase to less than 2 degrees centigrade would potentially come from energy efficiency. But, there are a myriad of energy efficiency and renewable technologies to choose from, and costs of installation

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  • Published:
    Monday 13 June 2016

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

  • Bywaters: why we invested in our giant rooftop solar array

  • I am extremely proud that we are able to provide Londoners with a service that helps them improve their environmental performance. By minimising the amount of waste we send to landfill and maximising the availability of valuable secondary resources we are able to cut greenhouse gas emissions, reduce pressure on the earth’s primary

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  • Published:
    Thursday 26 May 2016

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

  • 6 ways to cut your business travel carbon footprint

  • Consultants PwC report that “Business travel remains our single largest generator of carbon emissions, and – as we’ve continued to reduce our emissions from energy - has grown to represent 70% of our total carbon footprint in 2015." Business travel can often build strong relationships with customers and clients but it is also a

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    Thursday 26 May 2016

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

  • Higgins Construction cuts carbon emissions by 11%

  • The family-run business, which operates from offices in Loughton, Essex, cut its total carbon footprint equivalent to 637 tonnes between January and December 2015 – an 11.4 per cent fall on the previous year. The reduction is more than double the 5% carbon reduction target the company was committed to achieving in 2015, as part of

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  • Published:
    Thursday 26 May 2016

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

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    Thursday 26 May 2016

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

  • Join Bywaters, ThisWeekinFM and The Planet Mark™ at Facilities Show

  • With over 11, 000 visitors and around 300 exhibitors expected at this year’s Facilities Show, recycling and resource management firm Bywaters said it will again be exhibiting at the Excel-based event. Bywaters, which has been certified to The Planet Mark™ for the past three years, is leading the way on sustainability having recently

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    Thursday 26 May 2016

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    Louise Bateman

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    Wednesday 25 May 2016

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

  • 75% of offices overlook green supply chain

  • When it come to environmentally friendly actions, many office workers are doing the basics, such as switching off lights and recycling paper, cardboard and food and drink packaging, but more than 65% say they "could do more". Moreover, only 25% said they purchased from suppliers with green credentials, while only 27% claimed to

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  • Published:
    Thursday 12 May 2016

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

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    Thursday 12 May 2016

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

  • Wear it Wild with WWF on May 27th

  • This month, WWF is calling on people in workplaces, schools and homes in the UK to express their 'wild side' for a day and raise funds and awareness for WWF’s vital conservation work. Since 1970, populations of wild species have fallen by half. Iconic species like tigers, elephants and rhinos are at risk of becoming extinct in

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  • Published:
    Monday 16 May 2016

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

  • Chapters Financial shortlisted for Investment Week CSR Award

  • Chapters Financial, the Planet Mark-certified chartered firm of financial planners and independent financial advisers which employees just six people, is up against financial heavyweights Aviva Investors and Hermes Investment Management in the CSR category. Its IMAIA nomination comes in the wake of the company achieving a 22% carbon

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    Friday 13 May 2016

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

  • 6 ways to scale up sustainable innovation in your business

  • In 2015, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Richard Branson were among those putting their names to a multi-billion-dollar initiative to fund new clean energy technologies. Meanwhile, 30% of sustainability professionals said sustainable innovation was the most exciting opportunity for their organisations over the next five years (Ethical

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  • Published:
    Thursday 12 May 2016

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

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    Friday 06 May 2016

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Thursday 05 May 2016

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

  • Andrew Prosser joins Planet First as acting head of Certification

  • Andrew, a recognised expert on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and environmental reporting, takes over the responsibilities of Monica Niermann, former head of Certification at Planet First. These include managing all activities relating to The Planet Mark™ certifications and Code of Practice. Andrew will remain acting head while the

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 04 May 2016

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

  • What does ‘Smartworking' have to do with sustainability?

  • Last month, I attended a summit on so-called ‘Smartworking’. It was entitled ‘Stepping up to the workplace diversity challenge’. It was hosted by Quora, a consulting firm that’s been around for 14 years. It’s mission is to respond to the changing nature of work and avoid ‘solving the wrong problem really well’. The summit wasn't

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  • Published:
    Thursday 28 April 2016

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Thursday 28 April 2016

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 27 April 2016

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

  • 5 ways to embed sustainability in your supply chain

  • There are many environmental risks associated with your supply chain and eliminating supply chain risks is now seen as the top priority for CSR and supply chain professionals across the world, according to Ethical Corp. But aside from the risks, there are other benefits to taking a structured approach to supplier engagement. These

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    Wednesday 27 April 2016

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

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    Thursday 21 April 2016

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 23 March 2016

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

  • Carbon emissions from energy stay flat for second year running

  • The preliminary data released yesterday by the IEA shows CO2 emissions from energy related activity – the largest source of man-made greenhouse gas emissions – stood at 32.1 billion tonnes in 2015, having remained essentially flat since 2013. The figures suggest the surge in renewable energy, as well as improvements in energy efficiency,

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  • Published:
    Thursday 17 March 2016

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

  • Budget 2016: Carbon Reduction Commitment to be scrapped

  • The CRC, a mandatory scheme to drive up energy efficiency in large public and private sector organisations, is to be closed in 2018-19. It will be replaced by an increase in the Climate Change Levy (CCL), a tax on energy used by business. The move is part of a wider effort by the Treasury to simplify the energy tax regime. The abolishment

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  • Published:
    Thursday 17 March 2016

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

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  • Published:
    Tuesday 15 March 2016

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Tuesday 15 March 2016

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 09 March 2016

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

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  • Published:
    Friday 04 March 2016

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Thursday 03 March 2016

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

  • €2.35m building retrofit project launches across Europe

  • Build Upon is a €2.35m (£1.83m) building retrofit programme funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. It will provide support to governments, industry and civil society across 13 European countries to create long-term national plans to green retrofit homes and commercial buildings. Emissions from existing

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  • Published:
    Tuesday 01 March 2016

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

  • 7 tips for better managing your carbon footprint

  • As part of our Act On 7 campaign, we want to help sustainability heads and environmental managers reduce the carbon footprint of their businesses simply and effectively. So here are our 7 tips to better managing your carbon emissions reductions: 1. Be clear about your what you are aiming for – a well-defined strategy for your

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 24 February 2016

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

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  • Published:
    Friday 19 February 2016

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

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    Wednesday 17 February 2016

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

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    Tuesday 16 February 2016

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

  • 7 sustainability and green events you shouldn’t miss in 2016

  • But with so many events to choose from, it can be difficult to know which to pick and which to ditch. Here are seven top events to look out for in 2016: February 2016 25th – 'Beyond Paris: the Climate Deal and what it means for me' – The Paris Climate Deal has been described as a "historic" event, but what does its mean for you

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  • Published:
    Monday 15 February 2016

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

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    Wednesday 10 February 2016

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Monday 08 February 2016

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

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    Friday 05 February 2016

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

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    Thursday 04 February 2016

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

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    Thursday 04 February 2016

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

  • How to measure your carbon footprint: a beginners guide

  • Climate change is a global problem and business has a big role to play in reducing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with its threat. More than 190 heads of state agreed in Paris in December to keep the global temperature increase "well below" 2C and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5C. The impact of that historic agreement

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    Thursday 04 February 2016

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

  • Planet First event to lift lid on Paris Climate Deal

  • 'Beyond Paris: The Climate Deal and what it means for me', will examine the outcomes of the Paris summit and discuss the next steps businesses can and should be taking. Keynote addresses by Jane Burston, head of Climate and Environment, National Physical Laboratory and member of The Planet Mark Advisory Panel, and Marcus Pearson,

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    Thursday 28 January 2016

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

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    Thursday 21 January 2016

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

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    Monday 21 December 2015

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

  • Planet First's top tips on making your salon and spa sustainable

  • The health and beauty industry is perfectly placed to take the lead in ethical and environmental product development and services. This goes beyond technical solutions to communicating the deep and intrinsic connection between personal well-being and nature. Fundamentally, our health is dependent on the health and stability of the

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    Wednesday 16 December 2015

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

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    Wednesday 16 December 2015

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

  • Paris climate deal sets “clear roadmap” for business

  • Almost 200 countries, including the US, China and India, agreed on Saturday to strike the first climate deal to set out a clear long-term temperature limit for the planet. Partly legally binding and partly voluntary, the ‘Paris Agreement’ commits all countries to keep global temperature increase "well below" 2C and to pursue efforts

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  • Published:
    Monday 14 December 2015

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

  • What’s at stake at COP21?

  • We’ve all seen the images of the melting ice caps, heard the stories of the destruction of the Amazon rainforest, and been shocked by sad facts concerning dwindling fish stocks or the scale of our wasteful, consumerist society. The trouble is, it’s easy to feel powerless in the face of it all. Meanwhile, year by year, the problems

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  • Published:
    Sunday 29 November 2015

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

  • COP21: its time for action…and a bit of fun and games

  • The ’12 Days of COPmas' campaign has been created by NGO Eco Action Games and playfully takes its lead from the traditional ‘12 days of Christmas’ theme. Instead, though, it explores the key issues that are going to be discussed at the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) which kicks off on November 30 for 12 days. Planet First is

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  • Published:
    Monday 23 November 2015

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

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    Wednesday 02 December 2015

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

  • COP21: a few little things we can all do

  • A mixture of inspiring talks, exhibits, music and art, made Eden's Festival of Hope on Sunday a fitting curtain-raiser to this week's Paris climate talks. And as the hard negotiating gets underway in France's capital, Eden's creative director Tony Kendle suggests a few things we can all do to lighten our impact on the planet: 1.

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 02 December 2015

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

  • 3 steps to demonstrate you’re a sustainable supplier

  • Suppliers constantly need to improve their sustainability credentials, particularly in response to information requests and pre-qualification questionnaires. In order to award contracts, many public sector organisations and private companies require their suppliers to provide evidence of sustainability in their business and their

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  • Published:
    Thursday 26 November 2015

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    ThePlanetMark

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    Thursday 26 November 2015

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

  • Sustainability Week at Hospital Club hailed “best ever”

  • “We launched Sustainability Week three years ago with the aim of generating a meaningful dialogue about global sustainability issues,” said Sue Walter, CEO of The Hospital Club. “The creative and business industries have an important voice in this space, with a huge audience, and we are delighted with their passion for the subject

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  • Published:
    Thursday 26 November 2015

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

  • Harrow Green cuts carbon footprint by 12% per employee

  • Harrow Green, the UK’s leading business relocation firm, has cut its carbon footprint per employee by 12 per cent in the last year, according to The Planet Mark, the certification programme provided by Planet First in partnership with the Eden Project. The improvement comes despite the business seeing rapid growth, which has led

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 25 November 2015

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

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    Friday 20 November 2015

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

  • 5 ways to engage people in energy efficiency

  • Last week, Planet First ceo Steve Malkin and Planet First head of certification Monica Niermann were invited to present an answer to that question respectively at the Energy Management Exhibition in London and Greenbuild Expo in Manchester. But for those of you who were unable to come to either show, below we have summarised Steve's

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  • Published:
    Monday 16 November 2015

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

  • Greenbuild Expo: three reasons to attend next week’s show

  • 1. Future cities and Manchester’s low carbon future – with Government plans to create a ‘northern powerhouse’, Manchester is re-inventing itself to be at the centre of the region’s low carbon future. Not only has Manchester council this summer unveiled plans for a shiny new city centre, including multi-billion pound new neighbourhoods

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    Tuesday 03 November 2015

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

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    Monday 02 November 2015

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

  • Sustainability on the menu at The Hospital Club

  • Duncan Cruickshanks, head chef at The Hospital Club, holds regular supper clubs at the uber-trendy London private members club, at the start of which he tells his diners the story behind each item of food on the menu – where it's originated from and how it's ended up on their dish. “When I look at a menu I like to know what season

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  • Published:
    Thursday 29 October 2015

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

  • Last call for entries to EMA Energy Management Awards

  • There are 10 award categories in the inaugural Private Sector Energy Management Awards, organised by the Energy Managers Association. They include Energy Manager of the Year, Energy Reduction Project through Organisational Behaviour Change of the Year, Best Practice ESOS Compliance Project of the Year and the Most Inspiring Energy

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 28 October 2015

  • Author:
    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 28 October 2015

  • Author:
    Louise Bateman

  • COP21: “we’re in a very good mood”, says UN climate chief

  • But Figueres warned the talks on their own would not solve climate change and called on all those participating to act responsibly. “We’re in a very good mood,” Figueres told a climate event in London. “We’ve already done about 95 per cent of the job [to bring down the rate of emissions].” Referring to post-2020 climate actions,

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    Tuesday 27 October 2015

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  • ESOS: EA deadline extension no excuse for delay

  • The December 5 deadline for notifying the Environment Agency (EA) that you have to comply with the Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) has been known for some time now. But this month, the EA quietly updated its compliance guidance for ESOS, saying it was “not normally expecting to take enforcement action for late notification

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    Thursday 22 October 2015

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  • Energy bills soar by £600m as household gadgets surge

  • The survey commissioned by the Energy Saving Trust and carried out by Ipsos MORI, found the average number of gadgets in people’s homes has increased by 31 per cent since 2010. This increase along with leaving devices on stand-by is leading to an average £30 a year hike in energy bills.

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    Tuesday 20 October 2015

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  • Eden Project joins pioneering renewable energy online marketplace

  • Piclo is the UK’s first renewable electricity peer-to-peer online marketplace. It is being trialled by renewable energy supplier Good Energy and its developer, the tech start-up Open Utility. Eden Project said it had signed up to Piclo in order to select local generators as its main supplier, creating “a Cornwall-based energy market”.

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    Thursday 15 October 2015

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  • Chapters Financial slashes carbon footprint by 22%

  • Surrey-based Chapters Financial, a chartered firm of financial planners and Independent Financial Advisers, achieved a 22 per cent reduction in its comparative carbon emissions between June 2014 and June 2015, according to figures released by The Planet Mark, the fast-expanding certification programme operated by Planet First. Chapters

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    Wednesday 30 September 2015

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  • Get "enlivened" at Sustainability Week

  • The seven-day programme, which runs from 14th to 20th November, will focus on a different theme each day, including climate change, smart cities, green entrepreneurs and sustainable foods. It is being curated with the help of Planet First and Guy Battle, founder of The Sustainable Business Partnership. Speakers will include Professor

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    Tuesday 29 September 2015

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    Tuesday 29 September 2015

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    Louise Bateman

  • CBI calls for tougher action on carbon emissions

  • Britain’s biggest business group the CBI, this week, joined forces with former US vice president and environmentalist, Al Gore, to call for tougher action to cut global carbon emissions so as to unleash the business opportunities of going green. At an event on Tuesday (Sept 22), co-hosted by the CBI and environmental think-tank

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    Tuesday 22 September 2015

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    Louise Bateman

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    Friday 18 September 2015

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    Thursday 17 September 2015

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    Tuesday 15 September 2015

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  • Apply for the Mayor of London’s Business Energy Challenge

  • If you are a London-based business with 50 or fewer employees, your energy reduction initiatives in your offices and operations can get recognised through the Business Energy Challenge. It is being run for the first year, following the success of the Challenge for larger businesses. The winner will be awarded a trophy at the awards

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 12 August 2015

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    Tuesday 10 February 2015

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    Thursday 16 July 2015

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  • CIBSE Building Performance Awards

  • Following on from the Awards that took place earlier in 2015, CIBSE are now calling for entries into the 2016 Building Performance Awards. This year winners included : Operational Control Centre - Barclays Cundall Birmingham - Cundall Light4 International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong - Kai Shing Management Services "Are your

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  • Published:
    Thursday 09 July 2015

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  • Win Business with a Sustainable Supply Chain.

  • To be included in a new supply chain and win business, suppliers constantly need to improve their sustainability credentials, particularly in response to information requests and prequalification questionnaires. This is one of the biggest business benefits from The Planet Mark certification and corporate sustainability more generally. Every

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  • Published:
    Thursday 02 July 2015

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  • The Sunday Times focuses on Sustainability and SMEs

  • Planet First and The Planet Mark have been featured in the Sunday Times discussing sustainability for SMEs 'As more start-ups make sustainability a priority, initiatives such as the Planet Mark have become a way of identifying the businesses that are taking green issues seriously.' Click here to read the article

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    Wednesday 01 July 2015

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  • Reduce your carbon footprint

  • Reporting is a Small World ‘I am a carbon footprinter. Me and those of my ilk play crucial roles in the theatre of sustainability. I take sustainability to my spreadsheet paradise, pivot tabling my way through greenhouse gas emissions and watching as the numbers reveal the story of whether a business has been good or bad that year.

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  • Published:
    Tuesday 02 September 2014

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  • Corporate sustainability and your business in 2015

  • We (yes you as well) are heading into a huge year for corporate sustainability and climate change with news, announcements, legislation, data, decisions and challenges being presented daily. This is why 2015 is the year to take action. Improve corporate sustainability in your organisation. “We definitely face challenges, but

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  • Published:
    Friday 23 January 2015

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  • UBM Facilities Show - Facilities Managers discover The Planet Mark

  • Having presented a 15 minute webinar with UBM about sustainability at the show, Planet First met Sustainability Managers and Facilities Managers on their stand at UBM's Facilities Show. Following the recent launch of The Planet Mark for Properties, Steve Malkin, CEO, Planet First, led a workshop 'Facilities Managers; Your Role

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    Thursday 25 June 2015

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  • Wiles Greenworld surpass carbon reduction target

  • Wiles Greenworld specialise in office supplies, design supplies, printing, IT systems, consumables and accessories, catering and cleaning products and furniture, but what makes them different is the way they operate. Wiles Greenworld has measured its carbon footprint since 2008 and has achieved The Planet Mark since 2013. In

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    Monday 22 June 2015

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  • BOS say B Green!

  • Planet Mark certified packaging design consultancy Brand on Shelf have launched their new initiative 'B Green' to get employees at all levels to get involved with reducing BOS's carbon footprint. 'We have named our initiative “B Green”, it being not only a brand, but a call to action.' Read the full article by clicking here

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    Friday 19 June 2015

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  • Listen again to UBM's '15 Minute How To' webinar with Planet First

  • Today, Planet First's Head of Certification, Monica Niermann was joined by Lucie Thomas, Sustainability Coordinator at UBM EMEA to discuss the ins and outs of sustainable events. This webinar covers everything from how UBM manages the sustainability of their own events through to how they communicate with visitors to encourage

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    Thursday 11 June 2015

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    Wednesday 10 June 2015

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  • Join Planet First at the Facilities Show!

  • Are you going to the Facilities Show between 16th - 18th June? Haven't registered yet? Click here to get your visitors badge to come and see Planet First at stand S1000 and to join us for Steve Malkin, CEO, Planet First seminar on 18th June at 3.20pm.

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    Monday 08 June 2015

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    Friday 05 June 2015

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    Monday 01 June 2015

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  • Why accurate measurement is essential for effective climate action

  • Many people don't know that the UK is leading in accurate measurement of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). Jane Burston, Head of the Centre for Carbon Measurement at the UK’s National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and member of the Planet First Advisory Panel considers the importance of accurate measurement when it comes to effective

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    Wednesday 27 May 2015

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  • Eden Project comes to Puller Primary School

  • Hertfordshire based construction company, VolkerWessels UK, helped children at Puller Memorial School in Ware to get a unique experience and understanding of the environment with a visit by the education team from the world famous Eden Project. Pupils from two classes at the school learned about where their food comes from and

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    Tuesday 26 May 2015

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    Thursday 21 May 2015

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    Tuesday 19 May 2015

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    Tuesday 19 May 2015

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  • The DoNation host breakfast at Bristol's Big Green Week

  • Planet First partners The DoNation are going to be in Bristol during the Big Green Week, but even better, they will be sharing their wisdom with you during a breakfast meeting hosted with ERM. Here you can discover ten key lessons and insights on from their experience of encouraging behaviour change on scale, particularly focusing

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    Tuesday 19 May 2015

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    Friday 08 May 2015

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    Wednesday 06 May 2015

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    Monday 27 April 2015

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    ThePlanetMark

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    Wednesday 15 April 2015

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  • Building Futures Group - Kick start sustainability in your building

  • Discover how your Facilities Manager can kickstart sustainability through The Building Futures Group latest news. London is tackling the challenges and opportunities associated with sustainability head on. Buildings account for approximately 75% of London’s carbon dioxide emissions with 42% coming from workplaces. In association

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    Wednesday 15 April 2015

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    Thursday 02 April 2015

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  • Moving from greener buildings to better buildings

  • Steve Malkin comments on the 2014 report by the World Green Building Council ‘Health wellbeing and productivity in offices’ in the newly released Leesman Review. In this review, we take a closer look at the importance of interdepartmental relationships and the practical framework to measure the relationships between the physical,

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  • Growing Sustainability : The FM Ball and Acorn Engineering

  • The facilities management industry gathered at the historic Great Connaught Rooms in London last week for the annual FM Ball celebration and fundraising event. Acorn Engineering hosted three full tables for the event in aid of The Royal Marsden Cancer Research Hospital. The coincided with the first anniversary of Planet First's

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    Wednesday 25 March 2015

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  • Greener Britain Hustings

  • The Greener Britain Hustings were held last night, 23rd March 2015 in anticipation of the upcoming elections. On the panel was: Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Conservative Rt Hon Ed Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Liberal Democrat Rt Hon Caroline

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    Tuesday 24 March 2015

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    Tuesday 24 March 2015

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    Friday 20 March 2015

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  • Get voting in the 2degrees Champions Awards!

  • We are delighted that two Planet Mark certified businesses, Dunlop Systems and Components and Eight Associates have been selected for the 2 degrees Champions Awards! 2degrees has unveiled the organisations, projects and people that are driving sustainable business forward, inspiring others and leading by example through innovation

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    Thursday 19 March 2015

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    Monday 09 March 2015

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    Wednesday 04 March 2015

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    Wednesday 04 March 2015

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  • BUILDINGS & ENERGY EFFICIENCY AWARDS 2015 – ENTRIES OPEN NOW

  • Entries are now open for the 2015 Buildings & Energy Efficiency (B&EE) Awards. New for 2015, the B&EE Awards celebrate buildings and products that truly encapsulate energy efficiency. Culminating in a glamorous event held at the Palace Hotel Manchester on Tuesday 10th November 2015, the B&EE Awards will seek out

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    Tuesday 03 March 2015

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    Tuesday 03 March 2015

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  • The Furniture Practice: employees embracing sustainability

  • The Furniture Practice is a furniture consultancy working on products, services and all aspects of furniture specification and procurement on projects around the globe. Since 2013 The Furniture Practice has been working to integrate sustainability into the business to ensure that it becomes the normal way of working. Matt Davies,

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    Friday 27 February 2015

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  • Higgins construction achieve 28% carbon footprint reduction

  • The Higgins Group, which includes the recognised delivery companies; Higgins Construction and Higgins Homes, has once again achieved The Planet Mark with a carbon footprint reduction of 28%. As part of Higgins Group PLC, Higgins Construction and Higgins Homes work together to provide a huge variety of services across the construction,

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    Tuesday 24 February 2015

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    ThePlanetMark

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    Monday 23 February 2015

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    ThePlanetMark

  • Employee Engagement: 50 Shades of Green

  • On a rare wander through the internet on a quiet Friday afternoon, I came across the Facebook site, Fifty Shades of Green, who “talk dirty about the environment”. It’s a fabulous feed of green curioso mainly pointing at the horrors in the food we eat. Society is made up of all sorts and I live in amazement of how each of us understand

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    Thursday 19 February 2015

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    ThePlanetMark

  • GMI Energy and University of Law undertake Energy Management Project

  • The University of Law is undertaking a pioneering energy management project with GMI Energy that has already identified immediate energy cost savings of 19% and avoided a 55% higher energy spend by 2020. Faced with concerns over rising energy costs and compliance with impending carbon legislation, such as ESOS (Energy Savings Opportunity

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    Wednesday 18 February 2015

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    ThePlanetMark

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    Wednesday 18 February 2015

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  • CBI and Which? Event - The Great Business Debate

  • Planet First has joined The Great Business Debate, run by the CBI through an article looking at whether successful business and sustainability can go hand in hand. Read Steve's article here As part of this debate, CBI and Which? are hosting an event in central London on Wednesday 25 February from 3.00pm till 5.00pm. Katja Hall,

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    Tuesday 03 February 2015

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  • 3 reasons why you can't afford to miss out on sustainability in 2015

  • It’s not been an easy ride these past few years for those that have been prepared to take a leadership position on sustainability. But 2015 is shaping up to be the year of sustainability. With COP21 approaching, climate change becoming more visible to all of us and the business opportunities becoming clearer, it will be impossible

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    Monday 02 February 2015

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  • Brand on Shelf

  • Brand on Shelf, specialist packaging design consultancy achieved The Planet Mark in 2014. Their carbon footprint was measured at 53.9 tCO2e or 2.3 tCO2e per employee. Brand on Shelf’s carbon reduction target is 5%. Take a look at the initiatives they have introduced to reach their reduction target here “We are delighted to welcome

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    Friday 30 January 2015

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    ThePlanetMark

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    Wednesday 28 January 2015

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    Tuesday 27 January 2015

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    Monday 26 January 2015

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  • Resource to measure sustainability through The Planet Mark.

  • Resource is the world leading event on corporate strategies around resource security and the circular economy. A three day conference-lead trade show that is a neighbour of Ecobuild, the show has 120 speakers across two theatres, 20 workshops, 80 exhibitors and over 11,000 visitors. This year, Planet First will capture the carbon

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    Friday 23 January 2015

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  • Reach your carbon reduction target with The Planet Mark Toolkits.

  • To ensure that you can start reducing your carbon footprint from the beginning of the year and get the most out of your certification, Planet First has developed ‘Planet Mark Toolkits’. Planet Mark certified businesses have access to four toolkits; Energy, Waste, Water and Travel. All hosted on the login area of the planetfirst.co.uk

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    Wednesday 21 January 2015

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  • Change of address and phone number

  • From Christmas day, our new details are as follows. Please share these details with your team! New landline is +44 (0) 20 3751 8108. To contact any of the team directly our numbers are as follows: Steve Malkin, CEO: 07775 637 156 Monica Niermann, Head of Certification: 07468 694 770 Jeanne Samuels, Head of Business Network:

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  • Published:
    Friday 19 December 2014

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    ThePlanetMark

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    Friday 12 December 2014

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  • Ecoprod Technique are working towards The Planet Mark

  • Ecoprod Technique is working towards The Planet Mark, a sustainability certification issued by Planet First in partnership with the Eden Project. Ecoprod Technique supplies products, services and support systems that are environmentally responsible (Eco – green) and engineered (Technique) to meet the needs of its customers. “The

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    Friday 12 December 2014

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    ThePlanetMark

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    Tuesday 09 December 2014

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  • KEEPMOAT ACHIEVES THE PLANET MARK

  • London December 2014: Planet First, the sustainability consultancy which provides The Planet Mark sustainability certification to businesses and buildings in partnership with The Eden Project, has announced that it has awarded certification to construction company Keepmoat. Keepmoat provides sustainable community regeneration,

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    Friday 05 December 2014

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    Thursday 04 December 2014

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    Thursday 27 November 2014

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    Wednesday 26 November 2014

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    Tuesday 25 November 2014

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  • Sign up for '15 Minute How To' webinar with Planet First and Bywaters

  • REGISTER NOW HERE Join us on 4th December at 12.30 for The Planet Mark ‘15 Minute How To’ Webinar when we will be joined by representatives from Bywaters to discover how your business can benefit from and integrate waste management systems. During The Planet Mark programme, we start by asking what sustainable initiatives businesses

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    Monday 24 November 2014

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  • Vision 2014 - Planet First and the creative industries

  • With November came the highly anticipated Bristol Vision event. Bringing together 300 of the region’s top creative companies and agencies for two days of ‘creative freedom in which to soak up more ideas, inspiration and creativity than you could fit into the rest of the year'. There was a promising hum of conversation around sustainability

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    Thursday 20 November 2014

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  • Planet First present at EMEX 2014

  • The Energy Management Exhibition or EMEX, took place this week on the 19th and 20th November. The main theme of the event was how to manage energy to ensure maximum efficiency and therefore reduce energy consumption. EMEX creates a temporary hive for everyone who works with energy management to connect, learn and find solutions.

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    Thursday 20 November 2014

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  • Speaking at Cities within a City : Bywaters event

  • Bywaters held a captivating breakfast seminar ‘Cities within a City’ on Friday 14th November. This inspiring event was hosted in a perfectly apt suite overlooking 155 Fenchurch Street, a building which will soon house a stunning green garden. The morning was chaired by Professor Rob Holdway, co-Founder & Director, Giraffe

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  • Published:
    Thursday 20 November 2014

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  • The Big Give this Christmas

  • You all already know how fantastic we think Cool Earth are, mitigating carbon for Planet Mark certified buildings, protecting endangered rainforest and working with indigenous rainforest communities, but just when we thought they couldn’t be any better they have announced new exciting developments. This year Cool Earth is aiming

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    Thursday 20 November 2014

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  • The Hospital Club Sustainability Week 22nd- 28th November

  • Wondering what to do this November? The Hospital Club's annual Sustainability Week starts on 22nd November and continues through the week with a wealth of kids activities, breakfast seminars, films, talks and intriguing speakers. Most of the events are free, but make sure you sign up to the session you want to attend. Even if

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    Thursday 20 November 2014

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    Tuesday 11 November 2014

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  • Cities within a City

  • It’s well known that spending time growing your professional network means you develop a powerful ally for you and your company. Your network becomes a place to seek out trusted expert advice, meet peers and prospects face to face and develop those all important relationships. After all, people still buy from people. If you want

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    Monday 10 November 2014

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  • Harrow Green achieves The Planet Mark for business

  • Harrow Green, specialising in business, IT and international relocation, as well as storage, recycling and reuse services, has now achieved The Planet Mark sustainability certification, which is provided by Planet First in partnership with the Eden Project. The certification demonstrates Harrow Green’s commitment to sustainability

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    Monday 03 November 2014

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    Friday 31 October 2014

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    Wednesday 22 October 2014

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    Tuesday 21 October 2014

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    Monday 20 October 2014

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    Monday 20 October 2014

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    Thursday 16 October 2014

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    Wednesday 08 October 2014

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  • People's climate march 2014

  • Last Sunday the Peoples Climate March, the biggest climate march in history, took place worldwide. Around 40,000 people marched through London, approximately 400,000 in New York and many more across the 2,000 events in 166 countries, to demand action on climate change from politicians who gathered at the Ban Ki-Moon UN Climate Summit

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    Friday 26 September 2014

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    Thursday 25 September 2014

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  • New video! Sustainability: The Business Case

  • Planet First have released a brand new video demonstrating the business case for sustainability. Following a highly successful event held with Oktra, Planet First worked with Planet Mark certified film company Casual Films to produce a short film describing the benefits experienced from introducing a sustainability programme into

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  • Published:
    Tuesday 23 September 2014

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    Tuesday 23 September 2014

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    Monday 22 September 2014

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    Friday 19 September 2014

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    Friday 19 September 2014

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  • Exclusive online access to The Planet Mark ‘Log in’ area.

  • Planet First is delighted to announce a fantastic new resource to use in conjunction with The Planet Mark certification, which informs each certified organisation’s sustainability programme. Businesses certified with The Planet Mark now have exclusive access to our new online platform, which holds resources to support data collection,

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    Wednesday 27 August 2014

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  • New Blog: Elephant in the Room

  • When we talk about carbon footprints, we tend to convert boring numbers into exciting equivalents. The number of elephants tends to be the comparable of choice…everything from weight of waste to tonnes of carbon, the elephant is the thing that we seem to relate to. It's the sustainability world’s equivalent to ‘the size of a football

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  • Published:
    Thursday 21 August 2014

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    ThePlanetMark

  • UBM's Protection and Management Series achieves The Planet Mark

  • The team behind The Planet Mark showed how to remedy boring and ineffective communications in sustainability at UBM’s Energy and Environment Expo with a graffiti backdrop. Visitors came to find out more about our certification, how to improve and measure sustainability in their organisation, and helped us to create graffiti stencil

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  • The business risks in ignoring the ‘Triple Bottom Line’

  • On the GreenWise blog, Steve Malkin, CEO at Planet First discusses the risks associated with ignoring the ‘Triple Bottom Line’ and the benefits of viewing sustainability from this perspective. “It is clear that the risk of ignoring sustainability is increasing. In fact, you could say that you will face a triple whammy effect if

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  • Published:
    Monday 04 August 2014

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    ThePlanetMark

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    Monday 28 July 2014

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    ThePlanetMark

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    Tuesday 15 July 2014

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  • Businesses become rainforest rescuers with Office Coffee

  • The Office Coffee Company, a Planet Mark certified organisation, has become a fast-growing sensation, allowing other businesses to improve the quality of their office coffee and save acres of rainforest just by installing a new coffee machine. Working across London and the UK, The Office Coffee Company is providing businesses with

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    Thursday 03 July 2014

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  • Published:
    Tuesday 15 July 2014

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    Thursday 26 June 2014

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    Wednesday 11 June 2014

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  • Steve Malkin’s secret life of sustainability revealed on the BBC.

  • Steve Malkin promotes sustainability through Planet First, provider of The Planet Mark in partnership with Eden Project, but what you may not know is exactly how Steve ‘walks the talk’ on sustainability. The BBC have followed Steve from Southwark, London down to East Sussex to take a look at how Steve’s environmental values translate

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    Wednesday 11 June 2014

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    Wednesday 11 June 2014

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  • Putting the Sizzle in Sustainability

  • At K&N’s networking group for women in design, property and facilities management, Kath Cockshaw, the Enterprise Director here at Planet First described the difficulties of using the word ‘sustainability’, how leadership is not currently working to combat climate change and how each of us has an individual responsibility to act

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    Wednesday 11 June 2014

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    Wednesday 02 April 2014

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    Planet First

  • Earth Hour - Switching on to switching off

  • On Saturday 29th March at 8.30pm individuals, families and organisations will be taking part in Earth Hour - one hour in the year when WWF asks us to switch off, globally. By switching off our lights for this short window of time, we are broadcasting our aspirations for a sustainable future and raising awareness of a broad spectrum

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    Friday 28 March 2014

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    Planet First

  • Getting to Grips with the Carbon Budget

  • Struggling to understand why you should act on climate change? Take a look at it through the Carbon Budget and open your eyes to why it is not too late to make a difference and why change needs to happen now. Click on the image below to zoom in.

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    Wednesday 26 March 2014

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  • Read The Planet Mark highlights now!

  • There has been lots going on with The Planet Mark over the last few weeks and we would like to share some of the highlights with you. Take a look at our latest news letter and view it as an interactive PDF by clicking here now

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    Friday 21 March 2014

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    Planet First

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    Friday 07 March 2014

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    Monday 03 March 2014

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    Planet First

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    Tuesday 25 February 2014

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    Planet First

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    Tuesday 25 February 2014

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  • Look out for The Planet Mark on the London Underground and DLR!

  • The new sustainability certification provided by the Eden Project will be popping up all over London to encourage businesses to take action and improve their sustainability. The Planet Mark will be appearing on the London Underground and the DLR featuring the business benefits experienced by a selection of organisations that have

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    Tuesday 25 February 2014

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    Friday 21 February 2014

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    Thursday 20 February 2014

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    Planet First

  • Cool Earth recertify with The Planet Mark

  • Cool Earth, the truly amazing UK charity that works with communities in endangered rainforests around the world, will be re-certified to the Planet Mark. This means that we will continue to work with the great team at Cool Earth, based in Cornwall to cut their energy consumption, carbon emissions, water and waste. Steve Malkin,

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    Tuesday 11 February 2014

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    Planet First

  • Planet First partners with This Week in FM

  • Planet First, provider of The Planet Mark in partnership with the Eden Project has joined forces with ThisWeekinFM an online information & weekly news service for Corporate Real Estate, Support Services and Facilities professionals to embed and underline the importance of sustainability in the Facilities Management sector. Planet

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    Monday 13 January 2014

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    Planet First

  • Volker Wessels UK achieve Planet Mark certification

  • Planet First is delighted to announce that Volker Wessels UK have achieved Planet Mark certification for the second year running. What is more, they have reduced their carbon footprint by 1,197 tCO2e. To read about the success that Volker Wessels UK has had with their Planet Mark certification please click here!

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    Thursday 09 January 2014

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    Planet First

  • CloudApps selected as sustainability platform for The Planet Mark

  • LONDON, 10 December 2013 - CloudApps, the company that increases organisational performance by enabling employee behavioural change, has been selected by Planet First and Eden Project as the sustainability platform for The Planet Mark. CloudApps sustainability reporting software is now helping certified companies such as CBS Outdoor,

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    Tuesday 10 December 2013

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  • Dunlop Systems and Components achieve Planet Mark certification

  • Dunlop Systems and Components (DSC), the famous manufacturer of air suspension and electronic control systems based in Coventry, has chosen to be Planet Mark certified. DSC has chosen the Planet Mark to signify the business commitment to sustainability and bring it into the core of the business. The certification will be based

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    Monday 09 December 2013

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  • Waste Matters

  • In preparation for the changes to regulation of waste streaming and waste separation which will come into place in 2015, Waste Matters are offering a Waste Monitoring service. This involves ‘identification, quantification and reporting’ on waste streams through an innovative system of colour coding , fob technology, camera controlled

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    Monday 25 November 2013

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  • Revisit the Launch of The Planet Mark with video highlights

  • Take a look at inspiring highlights from the Launch of The Planet Mark including the motivating words of Steve Malkin (Planet First), Sir Tim Smit(Eden Project) and Geoff Andrew (Margolis Office Environments). As well as serving as a reminder for such a successful and enjoyable evening, the video includes brief explanations of what

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    Thursday 31 October 2013

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    Planet First

  • Green Purchasing: Whose responsibility is it?

  • Why is it that consumers claim that they would like to buy sustainable products and services but when it comes to the crunch, they don't? Our latest article on 2Degrees Network discusses why this gap between beliefs and actions exists and whose responsibility it is to close it. Read the article on 2Degrees here and join the Small

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    Tuesday 22 October 2013

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    Planet First

  • Planet First with Land Securities featured in CIBSE Journal

  • Planet First is always pleased to see the achievements of our clients through our programmes, so we are delighted that we are recommended through the success of property company Land Securities in the respected CIBSE Journal (Chartered Institute of Building Service Engineers). The article describes the accomplishments of Land Securities

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    Thursday 19 September 2013

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    Planet First

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    Friday 27 September 2013

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  • The truth will out: Transparency in businesses and social media

  • Make sure that you don't miss our latest article on the 2Degrees Network 'The truth will out: Transparency in businesses and social media' This article discusses the increasingly prominent topic of business transparency, the benefits and disadvantages of becoming a transparent business and the role that social media has to play

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    Friday 18 October 2013

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    Louise Bateman

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    Thursday 10 October 2013

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  • The Launch of The Planet Mark at The Hospital Club, Covent Garden

  • The Planet Mark, a new sustainability certification scheme for Eden Project and Planet First, launched at The Hospital Club, Covent Garden on Tuesday 24th September with guest speaker Sir Tim Smit KBE, co-founder of Eden Project, who challenged the 200 guests to become leaders of sustainability in business. “The real buy in is

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    Friday 27 September 2013

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  • Do the Green Thing: Posters to save the Planet.

  • At Planet First we have partnered up with Do The Green Thing to provide clients with fantastic posters promoting sustainability. Displayed around the office, the aim is to grab the attention of employees, to continually motivate them and inspire them to make a contribution alongside their Green Teams. These eye catching and individually

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    Thursday 19 September 2013

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    Planet First