Energy Reduction Experts Carbon Architecture announce takeover of Green Mark
Green Mark is the tailored environmental certification scheme started in 2011 as the result of a joint initiative between the Mayor of London, the European Union European Social Fund and Newable Business Loans Ltd.
Green Mark specialises in helping businesses reduce their environmental impact by increasing efficiency in areas such as utility usage, waste disposal, and procurement. According to The Carbon Trust, UK businesses are paying more than £1.6bn too much on their energy bills every year, and could save up to 15% on their energy bills through energy efficiency measures.
Achieving a Green Mark helps organisations to:
- Identify cost-savings.
- Comply with environmental legislation.
- Gain a competitive advantage.
- Strengthen bidding and tendering opportunities.
- Develop and environmental management system (EMS)
- Work towards environmental accreditation such as ISO 14001 and EMAS.
Green Mark’s Will Todd explained:
“Carbon Architecture’s is putting fresh ideas into Green Mark, including offering new members free ‘Level One’ certification – ideal for organisations wishing to start addressing their environmental performance.
The process starts with an audit and includes a free tailored action report containing straightforward, low or no cost guidelines on how to meet the Green Mark standard and improve your environmental performance, comply with environmental legislation, put environmental best practice initiatives in place, reduce operational costs through increasing efficiency, develop or review your environmental policy, and communicate environmental achievements.”
As well as future-proofing members’ businesses by reducing operational costs and increasing efficiency, Green Mark certification is also a valuable marketing tool and assists members to win new contracts (tenders now allocate up to 10% of their scores to environmental issues)
Accredited organisations receive a certificate plus marketing materials, including a high resolution logo.
Green Mark is recommended by London’s Co-Financing Organisations for European Social Funds. These include the Greater London Authority, the Skills Funding Agency, Department of Work and Pensions, London Councils and National Offenders Management Service.