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Achieving ‘The Planet Mark’ Certification

Achieving ‘The Planet Mark’ Certification

7 May 2020

Evans Vanodine has achieved certification with The Planet Mark, highlighting our commitment to sustainability. Achieving The Planet Mark, in partnership with The Eden Project, means that we have committed to reduce our energy, waste, water and travel, in order to reduce our carbon footprint by 5% over the coming year.

The Planet Mark is a sustainability certification which recognises outstanding achievements, encourages action, and builds an empowered community of like-minded individuals. The certification scheme helps businesses reduce their carbon footprint, engage their employees and communicate their results. On average, certified businesses make a 14% carbon saving per employee through reductions in energy, waste, water, travel and procurement.

2020 marks our first year of business carbon footprint reporting and certification to The Planet Mark. The carbon footprint of the businesses site in Preston was first calculated for the year ending December 2019 and was recorded as 877.1 tCO2e, with the relative carbon footprint per employee as 5.3 tCO2e. A target was then set to reduce emissions by 5% annually. The calculated footprint includes emissions from purchased electricity, transmission and distribution losses, natural gas, water, fuel used by the fleet, waste, business travel, printing paper and couriers for its head office.

Steve Malkin, CEO and Founder of The Planet Mark, said: “Evans Vanodine is a company that has taken the cause of sustainability and ran with it, and joining The Planet Mark makes so much sense for them. From their sourcing of zero waste to landfill providers, to energy efficiencies in their operations, it is plain to see the organisation breathes sustainability and wishes to reduce its impact at every possible juncture. It is a pleasure to work with companies so willing to take centre stage in the push to take climate action”. 

Vikki Morris, our Environmental Manager, said “We are proud to show our commitment to our environmental management systems and sustainability through our certification with The Planet Mark. This marks the start of our second century in business and what better way to commence this century than by making a commitment to do our part tackling climate change and increasing sustainability in our business”.

Companies working in the chemical sector must be especially aware of their environmental footprint. In addition to being compliant with relevant industry legislation, the industry must address the vast array of questions on the topics of waste and plastics disposal, safe use, and supply chain management. In a decade of climate action, it is imperative that companies in the chemical industry take a comprehensive approach to their environmental impact, and we are striving to prove that through achieving The Planet Mark certification.

Antonia and Camilla Evans, 5th generation family members of Evans Vanodine, said “Being an independent family business, we are proud to have achieved The Planet Mark certification and committing to a sustainable future for generations to come. With the guidance and support of The Planet Mark we can ensure that a holistic approach to sustainability is achieved throughout our supply chain. The next decade will determine the future of our planet and, through businesses such as ourselves pledging to reducing our carbon footprint, we can help towards solving the climate crisis”.

Find out more about The Planet Mark HERE

Find out more about our company wide sustainability practices HERE
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