Specialist Window Cleaning Ltd (SWC), has become the UK’s first National carbon neutral window cleaning company. In addition, they have achieved CarbonNeutral® company certification in accordance with The CarbonNeutral Protocol.
To achieve CarbonNeutral® certification, SWC is working with the leading experts on carbon neutrality and climate finance, Natural Capital Partners. SWC had an independent assessment of the greenhouse gas emissions produced from the company’s day to day activities. Over the last two years, SWC have been reducing their emissions as much as possible through a variety of sustainable initiatives, such as renewing vehicles within their fleet with fully electric models when leases expire, eliminating the use of single-use-plastic from operations, providing new sustainability training for all staff, and a commitment to employing local people wherever possible.
To meet their carbon neutral goal, their offsetting programme delivers finance to a portfolio of emission reduction projects. These include the ACRE Amazonian Rainforest Conservation project and several renewable energy projects around the world, supporting the transition to a low carbon global economy. All projects are independently verified to assure emission reductions are occurring. This ensures the highest environmental integrity, in our efforts to have an immediate, positive impact on the climate.
Chris Thomas, Commercial Director at SWC commented: “This is a fantastic achievement, SWC have been committed to continually looking at solutions that reduce our impact on the planet and the CarbonNeutral® company certification is a big step forward. Achieving this certification provides transparent, third-party assurance to our clients, that with SWC their window cleaning requirements will have lower impact on the environment and will assist them in achieving their own carbon reduction targets too.”
With more than 300 clients in 34 countries, including Microsoft, MetLife, Logitech, PwC, Sky and Ørsted, Natural Capital Partners is harnessing the power of business to create a more sustainable world. Through a global network of projects, the company delivers the highest quality solutions which make real change possible: reducing carbon emissions, generating renewable energy, building resilience in supply chains, conserving and restoring forests and biodiversity, and improving health and livelihoods.
Saskia Feast, Managing Director, Global Client Solutions at Natural Capital Partners said: “The voluntary action taken by companies like SWC is accelerating the transition to a net zero economy, delivering impacts and results today according to a well-established and transparent framework of best practice.”