Yorkshire Bank has become the first UK high street bank to be awarded the Carbon Trust Standard for its work in tackling climate change.
The bank received the Standard after reducing its carbon footprint by 15.8% over a period of 12 months.
Launched in June 2008, the Carbon Trust Standard requires an organisation to measure, manage and reduce its carbon footprint and actually make real reductions year-on-year. Companies and other organisations are rewarded for actions they have taken to cut carbon across their operations.
Carbon neutral by September 2010
Nigel Larkman, environmental programme director for Yorkshire Bank, said: ‘Being awarded the Carbon Trust Standard demonstrates how important cutting carbon is to us as a business. We aim to be entirely carbon neutral by September 2010. The recent carbon cutting measures we have undertaken have brought us one step closer to achieving that goal.’
Harry Morrison, General Manager of the Carbon Trust Standard, added: ‘Being certified with the Carbon Trust Standard is proof an organisation has taken genuine action to reduce their direct impact on climate change by cutting carbon emissions. We congratulate Yorkshire Bank on this fantastic achievement.’
Standard cuts through greenwash, says Dragons’ Den entrepreneur
Deborah Meaden, the Dragons’ Den entrepreneur who helped launch the scheme last year, said: ‘I passionately believe that success in business and positive action on the environment can go hand in hand and deliver real bottom-line benefits. The Carbon Trust Standard is about showing which organisations have really taken practical action on climate change – it cuts through greenwash and celebrates those businesses making genuine reductions in their carbon emissions.’
Let us know what you think about carbon offset schemes
Which? will be investigating a related topic, carbon offset companies, for a new report later this year. If you’ve used a carbon offset scheme, or even if you think they’re a waste of money, let us know your opinions. Email Martyn Saville with your thoughts.
For more details on carbon offsetting, see the Which? guide to carbon offset. The government’s DirectGov website also has details of how carbon offsetting schemes work.
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