St Monica Trust cuts carbon to earn The Planet Mark

Sep 16, 2020 | News

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

By George Catchpole

Marketing Manager

St Monica Trust, a charity providing a unique blend of retirement villages, specialist care homes and support for older people in the places where they live, has achieved certification to The Planet Mark.  

St Monica Trust’s total carbon footprint in the year ending December 2019 was 3.300 0 tCO2e, a decrease of 5.7% from the year ending 2018. The relative carbon footprint was 3.9 tCO2e per employee, a decrease of 4% compared to the year ending 2018. 

This is St Monica Trust’s third year of business carbon footprint reporting and certification to The Planet Mark. It first calculated the carbon footprint of its UK business operations for the year ending December 2017 and set a target to reduce emissions by 5% annually. This year’s footprint covers its six sites, and measures energy used in buildings, water use, fleet, business travel, waste disposal and paper use. 

Electricity emissions decreased by 14% and business travel emissions decreased by 10%. Natural gas and fleet emissions remained practically the same, but Scope 3 emissions decreased by 7.4%. 

Steve Malkin, Founder and CEO of The Planet Mark, said: “The results speak for themselves – I’m so happy to see the progress made in cutting carbon by the St Monica Trust this year. The benefit of environmental sustainability will be felt by all in its communities, from residents to staff and visitors. The team are engaged and the eagerness to make positive change is palpable. Their hard work put in has paid off.” 

Mark Thomas, Sustainability Manager for the St Monica Trust, added: “The Planet Mark has been key to keeping Sustainability at the top of St Monica Trust’s agenda, and instrumental in some of the positive changes that we’ve made, whether it be switching to 100% renewables for our energy supplies or changing our printer paper from virgin paper to a recycled paper.” 

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. 

St Monica Trust was the first care provider in the UK to hold The Planet Mark certification. The Trust has made commitments to carry out energy audits, conduct a ‘switch off’ awareness campaign among its staff and residents, develop staff engagement programmes to promote sustainability awareness and increase the availability of recycling facilities throughout its estate. 

Environmental sustainability can have numerous benefits to the care industry. The principles of sustainability have huge consequences for the health, wellbeing and appeal of buildings and spaces used for care. Furthermore, as public opinion continues to recognise the pressing nature of climate change, customers continue to look for sustainable credentials in all of their decisions. Being at the forefront of environmental sustainability allows care providers to promote best practice for their business, their residents, and the planet.