Sintons certified as a carbon neutral business
The team achieved the certification – which complies with PAS2060, the international standard for carbon neutrality – through a combination of carbon reduction and carbon offsetting.
Sintons’ Office Services Manager, Matt Warner, explains more: “Since we started working with Planet Mark in 2022, our focus has been on measuring our existing carbon footprint and creating a carbon reduction plan based on that.
“We looked in particular at emissions created through our building – for example through electricity and water usage – by business travel and by the disposal of waste.
“With Planet Mark’s support, we’ve also invested in carbon offsetting, which is when an organisation balances out its own emissions by supporting a project which reduces emissions elsewhere.”
Sintons’ sustainability work is led by its environmental team, which meets regularly and includes members of staff from across the organisation. Together, the group chose to support a carbon offsetting project which provides cleaner, safer water for people in Cambodia by providing water purifiers. This removes the need to boil water, reducing fuel usage and pollution from burning wood.
Although the business has now achieved carbon neutral certification, Matt acknowledges there is still work to do to achieve Sintons’ target of reaching net zero as a business by 2040.
“We’ve reached the target of becoming carbon neutral more quickly than we’d initially hoped but that’s not the end of our journey,” said Matt. “Our next area of focus will be on further scope three emissions, which are those created through our entire supply and value chain. And we’ve also set targets for reducing our emissions even more in the year ahead.”
Find out more about Sintons’ sustainability practices here.