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    Tuesday 05 June 2018

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    Louise Bateman

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    Tuesday 05 June 2018

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    Louise Bateman

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    Monday 14 May 2018

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    Louise Bateman

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    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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    Sunday 22 April 2018

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    Thursday 19 April 2018

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  • 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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    Monday 26 March 2018

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    Louise Bateman

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    Monday 05 March 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

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    Thursday 01 February 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

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    Monday 05 March 2018

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    Louise Bateman

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    Thursday 01 March 2018

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    Louise Bateman

  • 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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    Friday 23 February 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

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    Friday 02 February 2018

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    Louise Bateman

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    Wednesday 10 January 2018

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    ThePlanetMark

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    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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    Wednesday 10 January 2018

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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

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  • Published:
    Friday 10 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

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    Louise Bateman

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 18 October 2017

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    Louise Bateman

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  • Published:
    Thursday 28 September 2017

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    ThePlanetMark

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    Friday 29 September 2017

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    Louise Bateman

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    Thursday 28 September 2017

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    Louise Bateman

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    Thursday 28 September 2017

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    ThePlanetMark

  • 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

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    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

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    ThePlanetMark

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    Monday 11 September 2017

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    ThePlanetMark

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    Tuesday 01 August 2017

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    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

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    Louise Bateman

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 07 June 2017

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    Louise Bateman

  • 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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    Thursday 01 June 2017

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    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

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    Louise Bateman

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  • Published:
    Thursday 27 April 2017

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    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 26 April 2017

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    Louise Bateman

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    Wednesday 26 April 2017

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    Louise Bateman

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  • Published:
    Friday 21 April 2017

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    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 05 April 2017

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    Louise Bateman

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    Wednesday 22 March 2017

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    Louise Bateman

  • 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

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    ThePlanetMark

  • 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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    Thursday 23 February 2017

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    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

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    Louise Bateman

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    Monday 13 February 2017

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    Louise Bateman

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  • Published:
    Thursday 09 February 2017

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    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Monday 30 January 2017

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    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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    Friday 13 January 2017

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    Louise Bateman

  • 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

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    ThePlanetMark

  • 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

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    Louise Bateman

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  • Published:
    Saturday 12 November 2016

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    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

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    Louise Bateman

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  • Published:
    Thursday 10 November 2016

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    Louise Bateman

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 09 November 2016

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    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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  • Published:
    Friday 04 November 2016

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    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Thursday 27 October 2016

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    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 26 October 2016

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    Louise Bateman

  • 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

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    Louise Bateman

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    Tuesday 18 October 2016

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    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

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    Louise Bateman

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    Thursday 22 September 2016

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    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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  • Published:
    Wednesday 21 September 2016

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    Louise Bateman

  • 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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    Friday 09 September 2016

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    ThePlanetMark

  • 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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  • 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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  • Published:
    Monday 15 August 2016

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    ThePlanetMark

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    Wednesday 20 July 2016

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    ThePlanetMark

  • 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

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    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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    Thursday 07 July 2016

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    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

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    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

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    ThePlanetMark

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    Thursday 26 May 2016

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    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

  • 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

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    Louise Bateman

  • 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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    Monday 16 May 2016

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    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

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    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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    Thursday 12 May 2016

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    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

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    ThePlanetMark

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    Wednesday 27 April 2016

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    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

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    Louise Bateman

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    Thursday 21 April 2016

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    Louise Bateman

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 09 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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    Friday 19 February 2016

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    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Wednesday 17 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

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    ThePlanetMark

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    Friday 05 February 2016

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    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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  • Published:
    Thursday 04 February 2016

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    ThePlanetMark

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  • Published:
    Monday 21 December 2015

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    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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  • Published:
    Wednesday 16 December 2015

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    ThePlanetMark