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Motorola, British Land Take Carbon Trust to 500

Motorola, British Land and Mothercare are the latest companies to achieve the U.K.’s Carbon Trust Standard, taking the program’s number of certifications to 500.

The mobile phone, real estate and maternity and children’s wear companies have all demonstrated genuine reductions in their carbon emissions over a three-year period, the Carbon Trust said.

The 500 organizations achieving the standard have a total carbon footprint of over 43 million tons of CO2e, equivalent to nearly 18 percent of the total carbon footprint of U.K. businesses and transport, according to the trust.

The standard holders have cut their emissions by 3.6 million tons of CO2e through energy efficiency improvements and investments, the Carbon Trust said, netting £165m in gas, electricity and fuel savings.

As standard holders, organizations must implement carbon reduction strategies and commit to reducing their footprint year-on-year.

The Carbon Trust, a non-profit that aims to create a low-carbon economy, launched the standard in June 2008.

Motorola achieved the Carbon Trust Standard for reducing its carbon footprint by nearly 20 percent across its UK operations.  In 2009, Motorola installed boiler optimisation technology at its two major sites, Viables and Groundwell, resulting in 20 percent savings in gas consumption.

“Under Motorola’s global carbon and energy reduction policy, we had a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 15% by the end of 2010.  By driving our efforts from board level, we have beaten the target,” said Motorola UK chairman Graeme Hobbs.

British Land was awarded the Carbon Trust Standard after reducing its carbon emissions by nearly 8 percent across its office portfolio, inclusive of occupier energy use, between 2007 and 2010. The company also achieved an 11 percent carbon reduction in its shopping centre and retail portfolio.

Mothercare achieved the Carbon Trust Standard for its Mothercare and Early Learning Centre brands. The company cut its carbon footprint by 8 percent, or 3,700 tonnes of CO2e, on its way to a target to cut carbon emissions from its UK buildings by 15 percent by 2013.

The company invested in nearly £600,000 of energy saving technology since 2007, including electronic voltage reduction and meter reading technology

“Some organisations undergo assessment to verify their efficiency gains and benchmark their performance; others to help lower their energy dependence; while for many gaining the Carbon Trust Standard provides the ability to confidently communicate their performance to customers and carbon conscious consumers,” said Carbon Trust Standard general manager Harry Morrison. “We congratulate them all on taking up the low carbon challenge and setting the bar for others.”

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