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Oktra cuts carbon by an enormous 34.5% to earn The Planet Mark certification

Jun 4, 2020 | News

By <a href="https://www.theplanetmark.com/author/george-catchpoleplanetfirst-co-uk/" target="_self">George Catchpole</a>

By George Catchpole

Marketing Manager

Oktra, an award-winning office design company, has been certified to The Planet Mark.

This is Oktra’s 10th year of business Carbon Footprint Reporting. Oktra’s total carbon footprint in the year ending May 2019 was 60.7 tCO2e, which represents an enormous decrease of 34.5% from the year ending 2018. The relative carbon footprint was 0.3 tCO2e per employee, a decrease of 49.6% compared to the year ending 2018.

Oktra first calculated the carbon footprint of its London office and business travel for the year ending 2009 and set a target to reduce emissions by 5% annually. This includes emissions from energy use in the building (natural gas for heating, purchased electricity and transmission and distribution losses), water, business travel, waste disposal, from the production of paper used in the offices and fleet.

Natural gas emissions decreased by 94%, waste emissions decreased by 55.8% and travel emissions decreased by 41.6%. The savings in carbon are the equivalent of 25 return flights from London to New York.

Steve Malkin, CEO of Planet First and co-founder of The Planet Mark, commented: “Oktra is a stalwart of The Planet Mark, so to see them making such tremendous cuts in carbon after years of efforts gives fills me with encouragement. Our offices are a huge part of our lives, our health and our wellbeing, and companies like Oktra not only help others make beautiful sustainable offices, but every office they design has sustainability breathing through it through their outstanding commitments to tackling climate change.”

Dkingma Kingma, Sustainability & Compliance Manager at Oktra commented: “It is amazing that we have been measuring our carbon footprint through The Planet Mark for 10 years now! The Oktra Green Team is always looking for ways to reduce the impact of our own office, so it’s great to see that these measures are having an impact. Being able to show our clients our independently assessed carbon footprint reductions shows that we are practising what we preach which is really powerful.”

Certification to The Planet Mark is based on the commitment to continuous improvement in sustainability in its business operations by measuring and reducing its carbon footprint and engaging its stakeholders.

Oktra regularly engages its stakeholders in the benefits of a sustainable, future-proof office, for the climate and for the health, wellness, and productivity of its occupiers. Through its involvement in WELL Building Certifications, by creating dynamic workspaces out of recycled and reused materials, the installation of efficient energy systems and implementing biophilic design principles, Oktra is walking the walk of sustainability and bringing change to its clients.

Designers need to be more conscious of sustainability in the modern world. In the decade of climate action, businesses of all sizes will seek to improve their workspace for the environment, and for the betterment of their staff. The challenge for designers is two-fold. First, to keep up to date with the ever-developing world of sustainable design, and second, to embody those principles into its own office and work practices.