Last edited 02 Mar 2015

Carbon trust

The Carbon Trust is an independent organisation that supports leading companies and businesses worldwide. It is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales. It has more than 150 experts working around the world from offices in the UK, USA, China, Mexico and South Africa.

Created in the year 2001, its mission is to accelerate the move towards a sustainable and low-carbon economy. It highlights the need for change and for action to be taken by businesses, governments and society and has developed into a world-leading and expert organisation on low-carbon issues, sustainable strategies, environmental foot printing and low-carbon technology development and deployment.

The Carbon Trust publishes a number of tools, guides and reports to help organisations address climate change and harness the economic benefits from the move to a low-carbon economy. It forms partnerships with a number of organisations to help them contribute to and benefit from a more sustainable future through carbon reduction, resource efficiency strategies and promoting low carbon technologies.

It suggests that green goals can include:

  • Lowering carbon emissions.
  • Developing low carbon businesses.
  • Increasing energy security.
  • Creating new jobs.

The Carbon Trust can offer services tailored to the needs of individual organisations, and can offer advice and guidance on opportunities for low-carbon, sustainable strategies, and can measure and certify organisations environmental footprints from their supply chains to their products.

The Carbon Trust Standard can provide benchmarking for organisations undergoing certification and assessment. The standard recognises an organisation’s efforts in reducing carbon emissions. It can supply tangible proof to consumers, employees and shareholders of a commitment to reducing their carbon footprint. Having the standard can be seen as a mark of excellence which demonstrates that steps have been taken to become more sustainable.

In 2015, they suggest that they had saved their clients £5.5 billion in energy costs and cut customers' carbon emissions by 60Mt.

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