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Carbon Trust Standard

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, improving 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.

Certification offers real advantages

Enhancing reputation

  • Drive awareness of your environmental credentials among stakeholders, customers and staff
  • Be recognised as an independently-verified environmentally responsible organisation
  • Differentiate your brand in a crowded marketplace
  • Improve staff morale, retention and the ability to attract new talent

Delivering efficiencies

  • Identify inefficiency ‘hotspots’ and opportunities for water efficiency improvements
  • Benchmark your company’s resource management performance
  • Engage staff and customers in reducing resource use and cutting cost

Facilitating compliance

  • Be prepared to robustly demonstrate performance under voluntary and mandatory environmental reporting frameworks such as:
    • Mandatory reporting of greenhouse gas emissions
    • EU regulations including ESOS and the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme
    • CDP Carbon & Water Disclosure Project
    • EU non-financial reporting requirements
    • BITC Corporate Responsibility Index
  • Comply with contracting and procurement requirements for independently-verified environmental impact data and management frameworks

Standard Bearers lead the way in Sustainability

 

Over 1,000 organisations around the globe have successfully certified their operations and been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard, including many leading companies and brands, as well as public sector bodies.

 

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The Carbon Trust Standard for Carbon

 

The world’s leading independent certification of an organisation’s achievements in taking action on its tackling 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.

 

Eurotunnel

Case study: Eurotunnel

Why Eurotunnel chose to tell their story by emblazoning the Carbon Trust Standard for Carbon logo on to shuttles.

 

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

 

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Bupa

Case study: Bupa

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

Download the Carbon Trust Standard for Carbon Overview (PDF)

The Carbon Trust Standard for Water


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.

It offers a framework for organisations to enhance their operational sustainability, using water more efficiency and improving stewardship at the same time as cutting costs.

Coca-Cola European Partners

Case study: Coca-Cola European Partners

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

Case study: Sainsbury’s

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

Download the Carbon Trust Standard for Water Overview (PDF)

The Carbon Trust Standard for Waste


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.

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Case study: npower

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.

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PwC

Case study: PwC

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

Download the Carbon Trust Standard for Waste Overview (PDF)

The Carbon Trust Standard for Zero Waste to Landfill

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.

It 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.

It 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), download our Zero Waste to Landfill booklet, or feel free to speak to one our advisors on +44 (0)207 832 4655.

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

Sustainable Catering Standard


The Sustainable Catering Standard from Soil Association Certification and the Carbon Trust provides the standard for best practice in food provenance and environmental management in a catering outlet.

The new Sustainable Catering 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 Sustainable Catering Standard provides a trusted, independent certification that food outlets deliver food quality and integrity as well as responsible environmental management.

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

Download the Sustainable Catering Standard overview (PDF)

Standard bearers

Our Standard Bearers range from large multinational organisations to small organisations, all proud to bear the Carbon Trust Standard logo.

If you are one of our Standard Bearers and would like to learn more about how you can use the logo to communicate with customers, stakeholders and employees, see how some of our other Standard Bearers are using the logo

Make the logo work for you (PDF)

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