St. Enoch Centre has been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard after taking action on climate change and reducing its carbon emissions by more than 2% over the past three years.
The Carbon Trust Standard recognises organisations for real carbon reduction. Based on a rigorous, independent assessment, it certifies that organisations have measured, managed and reduced their carbon emissions across their own operations, and are committed to reducing them year on year.
St. Enoch Centre estimates that it has reduced its carbon footprint by over 500 tons since 2007, which is equivalent to a 6% saving in energy and costs. As a result, the Centre’s electricity provider has offered St. Enoch a green tariff electricity contract based on its dedication to the environment.
St. Enoch Centre’s commitment to carbon reduction also includes the training of ‘Best Green Ambassadors’ to help champion energy conservation within the Centre.
Earlier this year the Centre received a prestigious award for its commitment to the environment when its innovative green action plan dealing with issues such as waste, water and energy management won a Green Heroes 2010 Wall Shield.
Susan Nicol, General Manager of St. Enoch Centre, said: “This is a great achievement for the Centre and underlines our commitment to both the community and the environment.
“We have had a fantastic year and our £150M transformation has proven very popular with shoppers however it is very important to balance the Centre’s growth with reducing its carbon footprint.
“We are delighted to have been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard and will continue to build upon the great work which has been done by boosting our green credentials and focusing on reducing our carbon footprint even further in the future.”
Harry Morrison, General Manager of the Carbon Trust Standard said: “Being certified with the Carbon Trust Standard is proof that an organisation has taken genuine action to reduce its impact on climate change.”
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About St. Enoch Centre
St. Enoch Centre, owned and managed by Ivanhoe Cambridge, is located in Glasgow's busy city centre, one of the UK's top shopping destinations outside London.
The first of its kind in Scotland, St. Enoch Centre was officially opened in 1989 and has since become one of the city's favourite shopping destinations.
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About the Carbon Trust Standard
- All businesses and organisations, both in the UK and internationally, are eligible to apply for the Carbon Trust Standard including FTSEs, mid caps, SMEs and public sector organisations. Organisations that are awarded the Carbon Trust Standard hold it for a two year period and to maintain the certification they must reapply and demonstrate that they have continued to make year-on-year reductions in their carbon emissions.
- Organisations wanting information about getting the Carbon Trust Standard can call: 0800 019 1443 or visit www.carbontruststandard.com.
- Organisations that are certified with the Carbon Trust Standard are listed at http://www.carbontruststandard.com/pages/Current-Standard-Bearers
- There are over 450 organisations that have achieved the Carbon Trust Standard. Total carbon footprint certified by the Carbon Trust Standard is now nearly 38 million tonnes of CO2e. This is equivalent to nearly 11% of the total carbon footprint of UK businesses and transport.
- Through a commitment to continually reducing their carbon footprint, Carbon Trust Standard achievers have together cut their emissions by 3 million tonnes of CO2e and have saved the equivalent of £138 million associated with reductions in gas, electricity and fuel use.
- Carbon Trust Standard achievers are genuinely leading the way in real carbon reduction and demonstrating that it is possible to de-carbonise your business year on year and still be successful.