The Carbon Trust Standard is the world’s leading independent certification of an organisation’s impact on the environment by verifying action on the three primary components of environmental sustainability: energy use and associated greenhouse gas (CO2e) emissions, water use and waste output.
The Carbon Trust Standard recognises organisations that take a best practice approach to measuring and managing their environmental impacts, achieving real reductions in these year on- year, providing a framework for organisations to enhance their operational sustainability, improve efficiency and resource management at the same time as cutting costs.
The Carbon Trust Standard for Carbon, Water and Waste can be achieved individually or in combination.
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Over 1,000 organisations around the globe have successfully certified their operations and are proud to bear the Carbon Trust Standard logo, including many leading companies and brands, as well as public sector bodies.
Carbon Trust Standard bearers include:
The world’s leading independent certification of an organisation’s achievements in taking action on climate change by managing and reducing greenhouse gas (CO2e) emissions, the Carbon Trust Standard for Carbon is a voluntary certification and mark of excellence that enables organisations to demonstrate their success in cutting their carbon footprint.
Why Eurotunnel chose to tell their story by emblazoning the Carbon Trust Standard for Carbon mark on to Eurotunnel trains.
One of the founding values of Groupe Eurotunnel is respect for the environment: the Carbon Trust Standard for Carbon certification is a benchmark in this area in recognition of not only our engagement but also our achievement; a further reduction of 20% in Eurotunnel’s carbon footprint.
Jacques Gounon, Chairman & CEO, Groupe Eurotunnel
A programme of more than £8m of business investment into energy efficiency and carbon reduction projects led to a successful certification. By sharing environmental expertise across its offices, care homes, clinics, hospitals and other facilities worldwide, Bupa has reduced its environmental impact by using key processes such as installing new building Energy Management Systems, renewable technologies, boilers, insulation and energy efficient lighting.
Receiving the Carbon Trust Standard is a terrific achievement and I’m very proud of the way our people have taken up the challenge to deliver products and services to our customers that are more environmentally sustainable.
Stuart Fletcher, CEO, Bupa
An independent certification of an organisation’s achievements in taking action on its environmental impact by managing and reducing water use and improving stewardship, the Carbon Trust Standard for Water recognises organisations that take a best practice approach to measuring and managing their water use, achieving real reductions in this year-on-year.
The Carbon Trust Standard for Water offers a framework for organisations to enhance their operational sustainability, using water more efficiency and improving stewardship at the same time as cutting costs.
One of the first four organisations to achieve the Carbon Trust Standard for Water, Coca Cola helped pilot the methodology and provided invaluable insight into the development of the Standard.
Water is fundamental to our business and our communities. To be a sustainability leader, we recognize that we must fully understand our impact beyond carbon. By measuring and managing our water impact within our operations as well as across our value chain, we can address longer-term water scarcity issues. This certification recognises the progress we have made towards becoming a water-sustainable operation.
John Brock, Chairman and CEO of Coca-Cola European Partners
Sainsbury's was one of the first four organisations to achieve the Carbon Trust Standard for Water, helping to pilot the methodology. This made them the first retailer to obtain independent certification that they are taking action to measure, manage and reduce water use year on year.
We are delighted to be one of the first companies to be recognised by the Carbon Trust Standard for Water for reducing our water consumption, particularly at this crucial time of increasing natural resource scarcity.
Paul Crewe, Head of Energy and Environment, Sainsbury’s
Awarded to organisations that can demonstrate achievement in managing and reducing waste output and improving resource efficiency, the Carbon Trust Standard for Waste recognises organisations that can demonstrate real reductions in waste streams year-on-year, or that waste is being dealt with more effectively, for example through increased recovery, recycling or reuse.
The certification provides a framework for organisations to enhance their operational sustainability, improving resource efficiency at the same time as cutting costs.
Thomas McDonnell, Environmental and Transport Coordinator for npower speaks about how they have achieved the Carbon Trust Standard for Waste with the support of their employees, and the importance of the Standard for their customers and their business.
One of the world’s largest professional services firms, PwC achieved a 9% absolute reduction in waste across its UK operational buildings over a two year period and has managed to achieve zero waste to landfill in the UK. Huge reductions in paper wastage were made by removing desk top printers and replacing them with secure centralised printing areas. Further reductions were also achieved by removing desk side bins and replacing them with central recycling hubs on each floor to segregate waste at source.
We firmly believe that setting an example and helping others understand what we’ve learned along the way will help business as a whole make similar reductions and achievements.
Jon Barnes, Head of Buildings & Facilities, PwC
Over 30 million tonnes of waste is generated annually in the UK and over a quarter of it is still being sent to landfill. Disposing of waste to landfill has a significant environmental impact at a local level, but the methane gas produced by decomposing food waste also generates around 3% of the UK’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, thus contributing significantly to climate change. This, together with ever increasing landfill taxes, create a powerful incentive for responsible organisations to do everything they can to divert their waste from landfill.
The Carbon Trust Standard for Zero Waste to Landfill recognises organisations that take a best practice approach to waste management and actively divert all appropriate waste streams from landfill.
The certification offers an independent, third-party validation of achievement in waste management and provides an opportunity to validate real achievements in managing solid wastes, demonstrating that waste streams are being managed and that recovery, recycling or reuse solutions are being actively implemented.
The Carbon Trust Standard for Zero Waste to Landfill provides a framework for improving operational efficiency and, at the same time, securing tangible economic benefits such as a reduction in disposal costs and increased revenues from the sale of recyclable materials.
To find out more please download the Carbon Trust Standard for Zero Waste to Landfill overview (PDF), and download the Zero Waste to Landfill booklet below.
Minimising and ultimately eliminating waste generation across all of our waste streams, where possible, is a real opportunity for us to greatly reduce our environmental impact. Working with the Carbon Trust was a really good chance for us to verify our Zero Waste to Landfill achievements, with an independent and internationally recognised organisation. ASSA ABLOY and the Carbon Trust share the same values in fact-based transparency, which ensured the partnership was a great fit.
Charles Robinson, Sustainability Manager – EMEA, ASSA ABLOY
The Carbon Trust Standard for Supply Chain is the world’s first independent certification for organisations that are measuring, managing and reducing greenhouse gas (CO2e) emissions in their supply chains.
The Carbon Trust Standard for Supply Chain rewards organisations that take a targeted approach to their supply chain CO2e emissions by identifying and engaging with suppliers to identify, measure and manage emission hotspots with a view to achieving year-on-year reductions.
The certification provides a framework for organisations to address their holistic carbon performance and tackle key inefficiencies in their supply chains, working collaboratively with suppliers to reduce their joint overall environmental impact and enhance the economic performance of both businesses.
Achieving the Carbon Trust's tough standards recognises the hard work that Heathrow's team is putting into being environmentally responsible, and being a better business and a better neighbour. We are very proud to be one of the only companies in the world - and the first airport - to attain four Carbon Trust Standards simultaneously. This confirms Heathrow's position as a global leader in sustainability.
John Holland-Kaye, Chief Executive, Heathrow Airport
View the video celebrating Heathrow's position as the first airport to hold four certifications to the Carbon Trust Standard.
At ABP, we believe it is our duty to do everything we can to ensure that our growth is not at the expense of our natural environment. We also recognise that our responsibility doesn’t end at our front door, so we are committed to working with our suppliers and partners to learn from each other to improve environmental standards across the board. We’re therefore delighted to be acting as a Pathfinder on the Carbon Trust Standard for Supply Chain initiative and helping to set the standard for improving supply chain sustainability.
John Durkan, Environmental & Sustainability Manager, ABP Food Group
The Green Kitchen Standard from the Carbon Trust and Soil Association Certification provides the standard for best practice in food provenance and environmental management in a catering outlet.
The Green Kitchen Standard has been designed to help catering providers demonstrate their capability to meet the Defra ‘Plan for Public Procurement: Food & Catering’. The Plan introduces the ‘balanced scorecard’ tool for public food procurement, which is used to help procurers identify best practice. The scheme is cited by NHS England and the Department for Education as a framework to improve food service in hospitals and schools.
The Green Kitchen Standard provides a trusted, independent certification that food outlets deliver food quality and integrity as well as responsible environmental management.
Featuring industry experts from the Carbon Trust and Soil Association Certification, this webinar discusses the current resource crisis in the catering industry; the latest research and guidance on environmental best practice; and introduces the Green Kitchen Standard.
This partnership between Soil Association Certification and the Carbon Trust is an exciting opportunity to inspire businesses and caterers to improve their environmental performance and show a clear commitment to buying fresh, healthy, locally sourced, sustainable food and champion British producers.
Dr Peter Bonfield OBE, Non-Exec Director Defra Chairman – ‘Plan for Public Procurement: Food & Catering’ initiative
Our Standard Bearers range from large multinational organisations to small organisations, all proud to bear the Carbon Trust Standard logo.