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16 Feb 2011 11:02:06

500 Carbon Trust Standard certifications

British Land, Mothercare plc, and Motorola have all been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard, pushing the total number of certifications for reducing carbon emissions to 500.

The total carbon footprint of the 500 organisations, which the certified organisations have committed to reduce, is now over 43M tonnes of CO2e, equivalent to nearly 18% of the total carbon footprint of UK businesses and transport (1).

The three firms join a respected group of 500 organisations that have achieved the Carbon Trust Standard since it was launched in June 2008. Based on a rigorous, independent assessment, the Carbon Trust Standard certifies that organisations have measured, managed and reduced their carbon emissions across their operations, and are committed to reducing further year-on-year.

Collectively, through a combination of energy efficiency improvements and investments, the 500 Carbon Trust Standard holders have cut their emissions by 3.6 million tonnes of equivalent carbon dioxide. The 500 have also together saved the equivalent of £165m associated with reductions in gas, electricity and fuel use.

Harry Morrison, general manager, the Carbon Trust Standard, said: "There is a real business momentum now behind companies measuring and most importantly committing to reduce their carbon emissions. Each of the 500 Carbon Trust Standard bearers has taken action to reduce their carbon emissions and therefore improve their overall competitiveness.

Some organisations 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. We congratulate them all on taking up the low carbon challenge and setting the bar for others."

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 (2).

Chris Grigg, CEO of Business Group, British Land, said: "Improving the energy efficiency of our portfolio of retail and office properties is a fundamental goal in our business. Many of our occupiers are showing an increasing interest in reducing their energy use and carbon emissions. The Carbon Trust Standard provides them with a shorthand to our carbon credentials and demonstrates our commitment to working in partnership with others to achieve environmental and economic sustainability across our business."

Mothercare (with its Mothercare and Early Learning Centre brands) achieved the Carbon Trust Standard for cutting its carbon footprint by 8%, or 3,700 tonnes of equivalent carbon dioxide (3), which reinforces its target to cut carbon emissions from its UK buildings by 15% by 2013 (4).

Ben Gordon, chief executive, Mothercare plc, said: "Providing for the next generation is at the heart of what we do and protecting the future environment by tackling climate change is a key part of that. The Carbon Trust Standard is the de facto mark of a carbon reduction commitment, so we're delighted to be amongst the 500 organisations to have achieved it."

Motorola Limited achieved the Carbon Trust Standard for reducing its carbon footprint by nearly 20% across its UK operations. Graeme Hobbs, chairman, said: "Under Motorola's global carbon and energy reduction policy, we had a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 15% by the end of 2010. By driving our efforts from board level, we have beaten the target. Through the Carbon Trust Standard we have a means to independently verify our achievement which gives us added confidence in our future carbon reduction strategies."

To achieve the Carbon Trust Standard, organisations must firstly measure their direct carbon footprint (for example, fuel on-site, fuel in owned vehicles and electricity use), prove that good carbon management practices are in place and demonstrate genuine reduction in their emissions over a three year period.

Some of the key improvements implemented by the most recent Carbon Trust Standard bearers include:

• Mothercare invested in nearly £600,000 of energy saving technology since 2007, including electronic voltage reduction and meter reading technology.
• British Land installed smart metering technology to quantify its energy use in nine properties, including: York House, 10 Exchange Square, Exchange House, 350 Euston Road and 338 Euston Road. This is set to save over 1,600 tonnes of equivalent carbon dioxide and cut occupier costs by £450,000 over three years.
• In 2009, Motorola installed boiler optimisation technology in its two major sites, Viables and Groundwell, resulting in 20% savings in gas consumption.

The Carbon Trust recently launched the Green Growth campaign, calling for UK business leaders to capitalise 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.

1 DECC UK emissions statistics – 2009 final UK figure updated 1 Feb 2011; includes transport, business, industrial processes, waste management, and public sector emissions totalling 244.6 MtCO2e

2 British Land's office portfolio achieved a 7.6% improvement in carbon efficiency relative to m2 benchmark from 1st April 2007 to 31st March 2010. The shopping centre and retail portfolio achieved an absolute 11% reduction in its carbon footprint.

3 Mothercare's carbon footprint was assessed from 1st April 2007 to 31st March 2010 and received an 8% absolute reduction of its carbon footprint.

4 Compared to its 2007 baseline.

All businesses and organisations, both in the UK and internationally, are eligible to apply for the Carbon Trust Standard including FTSEs, mid caps, SMEs and public sector organisations. Organisations that are awarded the Carbon Trust Standard hold it for a two year period and to maintain the certification they must reapply and demonstrate that they have continued to make year-on-year reductions in their carbon emissions.

If your organisation would like information about getting the Carbon Trust Standard, please do contact us.

The Carbon Trust is a not-for-profit company with the mission to accelerate the move to a low carbon economy, providing specialist support to business and the public sector to help cut carbon emissions, save energy and commercialise low carbon technologies. By stimulating low carbon action we contribute to key UK goals of lower carbon emissions, the development of low carbon businesses, increased energy security and associated jobs.

• Providing specialist advice and finance to help organisations cut carbon
• Setting standards for carbon reduction

• Opening markets for low carbon technologies
• Leading industry collaborations to commercialise technologies
• Investing in early stage low carbon companies

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