The Carbon Trust has today (5 Nov) launched its new Carbon Trust Waste Standard, awarded to organisations able to demonstrate that they are measuring, managing and reducing waste year on year.
Following the successful completion of a pilot stage, five leading businesses have become the first to achieve the award: Whitbread, PwC, AkzoNobel Decorative Paints UK, Renishaw and the Football Association.
This makes Whitbread, PwC and AkzoNobel Decorative Paints UK the first organisations to achieve the triple crown of Carbon Trust certifications, for continually reducing their environmental impacts in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, water and waste.
Harvey Sugden, CIWM – “It is a welcome move and supports the objectives of the CIWM’s Waste Smart training course, which helps companies to reduce waste, understand the law and demonstrate their commitment to resource efficiency”
A recent Carbon Trust surveyof executives in large companies in the UK, USA, China, South Korea and Brazil found that only a third (33 percent) saw waste as a priority environmental area to focus on in order to compete effectively, and only a fifth (21 percent) had targets in place.
Calling on businesses to take urgent action to become more sustainable, Tom Delay, Chief Executive of the Carbon Trust, said: “Reducing waste and resource use, along with carbon emissions and water, is a crucial part of the transformation that all businesses will need to make in the next decade.”
The Carbon Trust Waste Standard requires organisations to measure, manage and reduce their solid and hazardous waste. To achieve the standard organisations need to demonstrate that waste streams are being reduced every year, or used more effectively, for example through increased reuse, recycling or recovery.
The standard also includes a qualitative assessment to show that waste is being managed responsibly. This will include considerations outside of an organisation’s direct control, such as having a diligent procurement policy for goods and waste management services, and looking at downstream impacts through products and packaging.
Dr Richard Swannell, Director of Sustainable Food Systems at WRAP, said: “WRAP welcomes the Carbon Trust’s waste standard and recognises the challenge than it represents. We wish the Carbon Trust and participating organisations well in tackling this difficult task.”
CIWM business development manager, Harvey Sugden, said: “The launch of the Carbon Trust’s Waste Standard is a significant move towards embedding a culture of waste minimisation and resource efficiency into companies and organisations. It is a welcome move and supports the objectives of the CIWM’s Waste Smart training course, which helps companies to reduce waste, understand the law and demonstrate their commitment to resource efficiency”.