Commercial and residential cleaning company GreenZone Cleaning & Support Services has cut carbon by 15.8 per cent per employee in its eighth year of reporting to retain The Planet Mark sustainability certification.
GreenZone’s total carbon footprint in year ending December 2019 was 90.6 tCO2e, a decrease of 5.8 per cent from year ending 2018. The relative carbon footprint was 1.4 tCO2e per employee, a decrease of 15.8 per cent compared to the year ending 2018.
This year’s footprint includes emissions from energy use in the building (purchased electricity), from fuel used by the fleet, from waste disposal, and from the production of paper used in the offices.
Steve Trew, Managing Director of GreenZone, said: “We’re delighted to have achieved the 15.8 per cent reduction in carbon footprint per employee in this, our eighth year, of accreditation by The Planet Mark. Starting our carbon measurement and reduction journey at such a low and focused base means that it is a very challenging task to continue to find innovative ways of cutting carbon year on year. However, with sustainable practice firmly at the heart of everything we do, GreenZone has, and always will, continue to challenge industry norms and operational standards to drive positive environmental change. Being able to demonstrate to our clients independent verification of the reductions we have achieved, offers testament to the fact that we don’t just talk the talk, but that we walk the walk and act firmly upon our beliefs.”
The cleaning industry represents five per cent of the UK workforce and has played a pivotal role in helping elevate hygiene standards in the UK throughout the health crisis. GreenZone aims to achieve new benchmarks in sustainable cleaning by inspiring behavioural change and minimising the environmental impact of its operations. From the electrification of its fleet and promotion of public transport, to introducing cutting-edge technologies to create a truly chemical-free cleaning experience, GreenZone believes that being green is not just a bolt-on to business; it’s how to do business.
Steve Malkin, CEO and founder of The Planet Mark, commented: “GreenZone puts sustainability at the heart of its work, and it comes as no surprise to see its carbon footprint fall so convincingly, even as its company grows. From the products the company uses to the way it delivers its service, our environment is of core concern to GreenZone, and the results are showing. The company serves as an excellent example to all companies of how a committed way of thinking can deliver real change for the environment.”