Mitie has been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard, with a carbon management score of 81%, the best score awarded for a UK FM business. The certification is a confirmation of Mite’s industry-leading performance, reflecting Mitie’s commitment to effectively responding to climate change through strong governance, dedicated carbon accounting and proactive carbon management.
The score beats Mitie’s previous score by four percentage points. Mitie outperformed its sector peers by a significant amount, putting Mitie some way ahead of the market in its approach to carbon management.
Mitie is committed to continued carbon reduction. In 2010, Mitie made a commitment to reduce its carbon footprint by 35% by 2020. To date the company has reduced its carbon footprint by 34.7%, against the 2010 baseline year, and a further 5.4% against prior year. Over the past two years, Mitie has reduced its C02 usage by 3,723 tonnes which is equivalent to a Vauxhall van driving 17,000km - further than London to Sydney.
Through a number of fleet initiatives, including increased use of telematics, encouraging eco-driving and efficient vehicle selection, Mitie continues to drive down its CO2 emissions. Several trials of alternative fuelled vehicles, including plug-in hybrid, EV and hydrogen fuelled vehicles, are helping to develop a future fleet strategy that will continue to reduce CO2 output across the Group.
This success in reducing CO2 emissions is part of Mitie’s wider sustainability agenda – both for the Group and its customers. Recent initiatives have included the implementation of an ISO 50001 energy management system within Mitie’s Energy & Water business; and the abolition of plastic straws within the Group’s catering business, Gather & Gather, at all of its 276 catering outlets across the UK and Ireland – the first contract caterer to call for a major reduction in single use plastics.
Peter Nisbet, Head of Sustainability, Mitie, said: “Our ambition is to be the UK’s FM sustainability leader. Both within our own business, and as champions of sustainability for our clients. We are increasingly recognised as being at the forefront of the environmental and sustainability agenda across Facilities Management and we are proud to say we have a been certified to the Carbon Trust Standard with a sector high score, recognising the real reductions Mitie is making in carbon emissions.”
Nick Harris, Sector Lead Financial and Professional Services, The Carbon Trust, said: “We are delighted that Mitie has achieved the Carbon Trust Standard. As a company with a vital role to play in greening the built environment it is encouraging to see such strong performance. We were impressed not just by the level of emissions reductions achieved by the company, but also the thorough approach being taken to carbon management which should lead to ongoing success.”
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Founded in 1987, Mitie is the UK’s leading facilities management and professional services company. We offer a range of specialist services including Security, Engineering Services, Catering, Cleaning, Pest Control, Landscaping, Energy and Property Consultancy, Property Maintenance, and Custody Support Services.
Mitie employs 49,000 people across the country, looking after a large, diverse, blue-chip customer base, from banks and retailers, to hospitals, schools and government offices. We take care of our customers’ people and buildings, by delivering the basics brilliantly and by deploying advanced technology. We are pioneers in the Connected Workspace, using smart analytics to provide valuable insight and deliver efficiencies to create outstanding work environments for customers.