Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 16:30

"Eden Project has committed to The Planet Mark to improve our performance in carbon, energy, water and waste use. Businesses that achieve the Planet Mark develop an operations culture based on the ‘triple bottom line’, and contribute to sustainability education."

Sir Tim Smit KBE, co-founder of the Eden Project

18 September 2013: The Eden Project, one of the UK’s leading environmental brands and centre for sustainability education, and Planet First, a London-based sustainability consultancy, celebrate the launch of their new business partnership on 24th September 2013. The two organisations have worked together to provide The Planet Mark, a new certification for businesses which helps organisations of all sizes improve their sustainability performance.

The Eden Project has led by example in committing to The Planet Mark certification programme, having worked with Planet First this summer to undertake an environmental performance audit across all of its operations to measure its carbon, energy, water and waste use.

The Planet Mark audit, which is validated against the requirements of Greenhouse Gas Protocol international standards, included detailed measurement of the Eden Project's greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy for electricity and heating; all types of waste, fuel for transport on site; use of refrigerants; water use and staff business travel.

Over the last two years the Eden Project has worked hard to improve the accuracy of its environmental data reporting and to improve its carbon footprint. A programme of efficiencies began in 2010 with the installation of condensing boilers, DHWS and a LED retrofit, all run and monitored by a Building Management System and EMT system. The use of gas oil has been greatly reduced and the use of heating oil was stopped 3 years ago. Now, through the Planet Mark programme, the Eden Project has committed to a further 5 per cent annual reduction in its greenhouse gas emissions.

As well as assessing environmental audit information and working with organisations to set goals for improvement across their operations, Planet First also works with businesses to assess their 'social sustainability' using a detailed questionnaire based on the principles of the ISO26000 standard.

Steve Malkin, CEO and Founder of Planet First said: "We are delighted that the Eden Project has worked with us to obtain The Planet Mark this summer and look forward to helping them set and achieve their performance goals across the site."