After months of auditing and carbon reporting we are pleased to confirm mission : net zero is officially a Planet Mark Certified Business.
What does this mean exactly? The certification recognises our continuous improvement and commitment to reducing our carbon emissions yearly.
You can see from the above image, our carbon footprint measured 6.6t carbon dioxide equivalent which means we have an authentic benchmark for the next year of reporting.
Let’s put some of our reported figures into context
- 6.6 tCO2e measured emissions is the equivalent to 6 flights from London to New York
- We used enough energy to power 1 UK home for one year
- Our combined team travelled once around the world
Jane Kendrick, COO for mission : net zero was instrumental in collecting our audit data, alongside Digital Analyst, Alasdair Rimmer. Jane commented: “Gaining this Sustainability Certification is another giant step towards reducing our carbon emissions as a company. Sustainability for mission : net zero is a business imperative and now we’ve got year one under our belts, we’re confident we can meet year 2 targets.”
By measuring and reducing our carbon footprint with the Planet Mark, we have directly and measurably contributed to 3 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
While we have plans to grow our client portfolio over the year ahead, we have set a target to reduce our current carbon footprint by 5%.
We’re better equipped to manage (and measure) our carbon footprint thanks to the ongoing support, tools and resources from Planet Mark so we’re confident we can reduce our carbon emissions to help create a planet that is fit for us and future generations.
To give you an idea of the type of targets we’ll be looking to measure over the next 12 months:
Carbon footprint measurement and independent verification of:
- Scope 1 emissions are direct emissions from operations due to owned or controlled site and vehicle fuel consumption.
- Scope 2 emissions are indirect emissions from the generation of purchased electricity and steam.
- Scope 3 includes all other indirect sources of emissions that are within a company’s value chain. Scope 3 emissions often represent the greatest proportion of a company’s carbon footprint, and sometimes up to 90% of total emissions.
Achieving net zero carbon emissions means:
- measuring our Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions;
- reducing Scopes 1 and 2 emissions to zero, and Scope 3 by a minimum of 50%;
- balancing any residual Scope 3 emissions using accredited carbon removal schemes.
On top of compiling our business data to complete the business certification, we also made a 5% donation to the Eden Project – an education charity delivering transformational projects. And an acre of rainforest protected with Cool Earth – UK-based international NGO that protects endangered rainforest in order to combat global warming, protect ecosystems and to provide employment for local people. Planet Mark’s support of Cool Earth goes directly towards supporting the Asháninka community in Central Peru.
Stay tuned for future updates around our year 2 certification.