Cleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 16th March 2023 Issue no. 1056
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Ecoserv Group gains Certified Carbon Neutral status
Ecoserv Group, the multi-discipline facilities management company, has achieved certified carbon neutral by offsetting 1,285kg of CO2e.
Partnering with Ecologi, it has offset its 2020 carbon footprint, covering ‘scope 1, 2 and 3’ emissions, and will maintain neutral status while working towards its target of net zero by 2030.
"Our aim is to be Net Zero without the need to invest in carbon removal projects by 2030, but in the meantime this offsetting represents a major milestone in our sustainability journey," explains Sally Ann Van Blerk, group sustainability and brand director at Ecoserv. "We are proud of the fact that this offsetting covers ‘scope 3’ hotspots including all commuting across our workforce and franchise offices, which is rare within the facilities management marketplace."
Under the agreement with Ecologi, Ecoserv Group will support two climate projects that are directly impacting atmospheric CO2 levels. As a result, the company is making a funding contribution to a wind power plant in Bac Lieu Province, Vietnam, which is generating 372,000 MWh of electricity annually, as well as helping to preserve 27,000 hectares of Amazonian rainforest in Brazil.
"The race to net zero is really gearing up and as an organisation we want to be carbon positive as soon as possible," adds Sally Ann. “We will continue to offset where we cannot reduce or reduction remains an ongoing goal, but for us this is only a temporary solution. Last year we took steps to calculate our exact carbon footprint and establish science-based reduction targets, which will underpin our efforts this year to develop and implement effective carbon removal initiatives.
Dees Maharaj, chief sales officer at Ecoserv Group comments: "This is an exciting development for the business and shows that we are at the forefront of the FM sector in terms of sustainability. However, this is just one small step and we understand that dramatic action is needed if there is any chance of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees.
“Our ongoing partnership with RSK, means we have a detailed understanding of our carbon footprint, so we can track our progress and ensure we meet our ambitious targets."
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