UK’s Carbon Trust Standard hit the 500 mark with certification of Motorola (MTL.DU), British Land (BLND.L) and Mothercare plc (MTC.L).
The three firms join a group of 497 other organizations that have achieved the Carbon Trust Standard since it was launched in June 2008. Based on a rigorous, independent assessment, the standard certifies that organizations have measured, managed and reduced their carbon emissions across their operations, and are committed to reducing further year-on-year.
The total carbon footprint of the 500 organizations is now over 43 million tons of CO2e; equivalent to nearly 18% of the total carbon footprint of UK businesses and transport.
Collectively, through a combination of energy efficiency improvements and investments, the 500 Carbon Trust Standard holders so far have cut their emissions by 3.6 million tons of CO2e, and have pledged to continued cuts. The 500 have also together saved the equivalent of £165m associated with reductions in gas, electricity and fuel use.
"There is a real business momentum now behind companies measuring and most importantly committing to reduce their carbon emissions," said Harry Morrison, General Manager of the Carbon Trust Standard.
"Some organizations undergo assessment to verify their efficiency gains and benchmark their performance; others to help lower their energy dependence; while for many gaining the Carbon Trust Standard provides the ability to confidently communicate their performance to customers and carbon conscious consumers," he added.
Motorola Limited achieved the Carbon Trust Standard for reducing its carbon footprint by nearly 20% across its UK operations.
British Land was awarded the Carbon Trust Standard after measuring, managing and reducing its carbon emissions by nearly 8% across its office portfolio, (inclusive of occupier energy use) and 11% in its shopping centre and retail portfolio.
Mothercare (with its Mothercare and Early Learning Centre brands) achieved the Carbon Trust Standard for cutting its carbon footprint by 8%, or 3,700 tons of CO2e, which reinforces its target to cut carbon emissions from its UK buildings by 15% by 2013.
The Carbon Trust recently launched the Green Growth campaign; calling for UK business leaders to capitalize on over £112bn a year and 900,000 jobs which are available from the low carbon economy. Research from the Carbon Trust reveals that 92% of business leaders believe green growth represents an opportunity for their business, but only one third are investing in the research and development of green products and services.