Independent catering business, Bartlett Mitchell, has reduced its emissions by 22.3 tCO2 in its second year of carbon footprint reporting with The Planet Mark – a certification programme recognising commitment to continuous improvement in sustainability.
Certification to the programme is retained by organisations making a minimum reduction of 2.5 per cent in carbon emissions every year.
Bartlett Mitchell committed to the accreditation in 2018 as part of a move to help tackle Climate Crisis and rising carbon emissions. The company developed a strategy to calculate, measure then target footprint reduction through waste, travel, building and procurement.
Its total carbon footprint in year ending December 2019 was 99.8 tCO2 – a decrease of 19.1 per cent from the previous year, which is the equivalent to an average family vehicle driving more than twice round the circumference of the planet.
The company achieved this via wide-scale behavioural change programmes which included targeting travel through simple measures such as switching from car to public transport or bike, smarter-scheduling, and (pre-covid) virtual meetings. The reduced costs saved time and enabled the business to reduce its carbon footprint.
Ian Thomas, CEO, Bartlett Mitchell, said: “We are delighted with this achievement. While the results are taken from the pre-Covid lockdown period, we are already looking at how, in the new world we are living in, we can continue to make positive changes and reduce our impact on the environment.”
Steve Malkin, CEO and founder of The Planet Mark, added: “The team at Bartlett Mitchell live and breathe sustainability. We are thrilled to see them achieve their second year’s certification to The Planet Mark and in doing so, make such a significant carbon reduction.
“Food lies at the intersection of some of our plants most pressing environmental and societal challenges. In certifying with The Planet Mark, Bartlett Mitchell is helping make healthy and sustainable diets affordable and accessible for everyone, while nurturing the planet at the same time. This is wonderful work from a really committed team of people.”