The British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc), the largest independent, professional and educational body within the cleaning industry, with over 40,000 individual and corporate members, has achieved certification to The Planet Mark.
This is BICSc’s first year of business carbon footprint reporting and certification to The Planet Mark. BICSc’s total carbon footprint in the year ending December 2019 was 38.2 tCO2e and the relative carbon footprint was 1.3 tCO2e per employee.
It first calculated the carbon footprint of its Northampton operational site for the year ending December 2019 and set a target to reduce emissions by 5% annually. This year’s footprint includes emissions from purchased electricity, natural gas, fleet travel, waste, water and T&D losses for its head office. Electricity accounts for 15% of the total carbon emissions, natural gas accounts for 8% and fleet travel accounts for 74%. Scope 3 emissions account for 3% of total emissions.
Steve Malkin, Founder and CEO of The Planet Mark, said: “I’m delighted to see the British Institute of Cleaning Science join The Planet Mark and commit to cutting its carbon footprint. As an organisation with training and education at its core, it is no surprise that the realities and urgency of climate change resonate with it. Through walking the walk on sustainability, BICSc has a powerful message it can spread throughout its membership to create real change in the industry. It’s an exciting opportunity for a fantastic organisation.”
Neil Spencer – Cook, Chief Operating Officer of BICSc said: We are delighted to be joining the Planet Mark family. Sustainability has always been of the utmost importance to the Institute, as we approach our 60th Anniversary, this achievement highlights our commitment to making a change, and reducing our carbon footprint going forward.
First-year 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.
BICSc is dedicated to promoting the sustainability of its membership. BICSc Standards combine intelligence from a number of highly regarded cleaning industry experts. This level of expertise and experience in delivery that gives it the authority among its membership that BICSc does not just offer education about cleaning practices, but an overall ‘Best Practice’ for the cleaning industry. As well as its standards, the Institute is able to promote sustainability through its membership packages, educational frameworks and accredited training and qualifications.
From engaging supply chains in promoting greener products to adequately disposing of waste, the cleaning industry has an important role to play in the fight against climate change. And as popular opinions continue to change, consumers will increasingly look to the sustainable credentials of cleaners and suppliers to choose the most environmentally friendly options. The industry must react to the pressing business and environmental needs to become more sustainable to future-proof themselves.