Here at CCM, we pride ourselves on providing sustainable and environmentally friendly cleaning solutions to workplace environments across London. With our Better by Nature approach we will continue harnessing the power of nature to improve well-being, reduce stress and increase productivity. We have decided to put our approach to the test and practice what we preach by minimising our carbon footprint and environmental impact, this has allowed us to reach new levels of sustainability.
This year our efforts to improve sustainability were recognised and we were awarded The Planet Mark award. The Planet Mark award is an internationally recognised sustainability accreditation. Established five years ago, they began their business by empowering organisations to make positive environmental changes. With their hard work and determination, they have been able to successfully certify over 100 organisations and assist businesses in growing economically by improving their environmental and social performance. They collaborate with businesses to change the way we address global challenges relating to poverty, inequality, climate and environmental degradation.
This is will be our first year of carbon footprint reporting. We have calculated the emissions of our Head office operations for the year ending March 2018 and set a target to reduce emissions by 5% annually. We have chosen to measure emissions from energy usages that we use the most. Our footprint includes electricity, fuel used by the fleet, electricity, waste, and paper. This year our carbon footprint was 2.16 tCO2e per employee and our total carbon footprint as a business. We aim to reduce our carbon footprint by at least 5% and our carbon footprint per employee to 0.11 tCO2e. This will be achieved by making small changes in the office and with our employees. Over the next year, we will be focusing on monitoring our electricity consumption, making the most out of our low carbon vehicles and creating a CCM Green Team to raise energy awareness.
Our Green Team will include at least one member from each department and will give us the opportunity to raise awareness and accomplish our sustainability goals. This team will meet on a monthly basis and will allow employees to contribute to the development of new eco-friendly strategies. We want to be able to prove that doing business the ethical and the most sustainable is achievable, by putting our new strategies into place we are certain that we will be able to reduce our carbon footprint and improve our sustainability!