CNG achieves The Planet Mark™ sustainability certification
CNG, the UK’s largest independent shipper and supplier of natural gas, has been awarded The Planet Mark™ Certificate for its commitment to on-going progress in sustainability.
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 business decisions based on their environmental influence,” said Ellis Hall, the company's renewable energy coordinator.
Being awarded The Planet Mark™ means CNG is committing to year-on-year reductions in its carbon emissions.
The company has calculated the emissions of its Harrogate site for the year ending December 2017 and set a target to reduce emissions by 5% in its next reporting period. Its total carbon footprint in year ending December 2017 was 225 tonnes of CO2 equivalent (tCO2e) and the relative carbon footprint was 1.12 tCO2e per employee.
The footprint includes carbon emissions from energy use in the building (purchased electricity), business travel and fleet, waste disposal, water usage and paper. The highest contributor to the business carbon footprint came from electricity emissions, accounting for 75% of total emissions followed by travel, which accounted for 21.3%.
The Planet Mark™ carbon footprint report also shows CNG how it is performing against the UN Sustainable Development Goals, also known as the Global Goals.
On being presented with The Planet Mark™ Certificate (see picture), CNG said: “We’re committed to being able to demonstrate our sustainability credentials and The Planet Mark provides us with a platform to do this in a structured, engaging way. The whole team is delighted to accept this certificate and we’re all very excited to play a role in ensuring our success in maintaining it. ”
Presenting the award, founder of The Planet Mark™ Steve Malkin, said: “The team at CNG has grasped The Planet Mark™ and the Global Goals. CNG has created individual teams to deliver on four of their chosen Global Goals and have initiatives underway to cut carbon, energy, water and waste. It is great to see such a big energy company embracing sustainability with such enthusiasm.”
The Planet Mark™ Certificate recognises CNG’s good practice in sustainability, including:
measuring carbon emissions from electricity, travel, waste disposal, water and paper
investing in the Eden Project to support education on climate change
storing 260 tCO2e by protecting one acre of endangered rainforest through the charity Cool Earth
committing to engage employees and suppliers to drive improvements.
Specific measures CNG is taking to hit its 2018 targets include:
the rollout of its Bright Sparks education programme within schools, in line with the ‘Quality Education’ commitment
increasing the knowledge and availability of renewable energy and low carbon technology to customers to address the ‘Clean and Affordable Energy’ goal
focusing on ‘Life on Land’ through its continued partnership with the Woodland Trust – restoring ancient woodland and helping to plant new wood across the UK.
Longer term, the team is planning to actively pursue all 17 of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
The Planet Mark™ was founded in 2013 with the iconic Eden Project in Cornwall, UK, and is awarded to businesses, properties, new developments and projects that are committed to reducing their carbon emissions.
Since it launched, The Planet Mark™ has certified over 100 organisations and helped holders of The Planet Mark™ cut their average carbon emissions per employee by 10% per annum.
Holders of The Planet Mark™ have a minimum requirement to reduce their carbon emissions by 2.5% per year.