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We have achieved The Planet Mark Certification

Playing our part in cutting carbon with The Planet Mark

Our total carbon footprint in the year ending December 2019 was 38.2 tCO2e and the relative carbon footprint was 1.3 tCO2e per employee. 

2019’s footprint includes emissions from purchased electricity, natural gas, fleet travel, waste, water and T&D losses for its head office. Electricity accounts for 15% of the total carbon emissions, natural gas accounts for 8% and fleet travel accounts for 74%. Scope 3 emissions account for 3% of total emissions.

Our target is to reduce emissions by 5% annually. 

Steve Malkin, Founder and CEO, The Planet Mark, said:

“I’m delighted to see the British Institute of Cleaning Science join The Planet Mark and commit to cutting its carbon footprint. As an organisation with training and education at its core, it is no surprise that the realities and urgency of climate change resonates with it. Through walking the walk on sustainability, BICSc has a powerful message it can spread throughout its membership to create real change in the industry. It’s an exciting opportunity for a fantastic organisation.” 

 Observations from The Planet Mark

 First year certification to The Planet Mark is based on the commitment to continuous improvement in sustainability in its business operations by measuring and reducing its carbon footprint and engaging its stakeholders.

“BICSc Standards combine intelligence from a number of highly regarded cleaning industry experts. This level of expertise and experience in delivery that gives it the authority among its membership that BICSc does not just offer education about cleaning practices, but an overall ‘Best Practice’ for the cleaning industry. As well as its standards, the Institute is able to promote sustainability through its membership packages, educational frameworks and accredited training and qualifications.

From engaging supply chains in promoting greener products to adequately disposing of waste, the cleaning industry has an important role to play in the fight against climate change. As popular opinions continue to change, consumers will increasingly look to the sustainable credentials of cleaning operatives and suppliers to choose the most environmentally friendly options. The industry must react to the pressing business and environmental needs to become more sustainable to future-proof themselves”.


Neil Spencer – Cook, Chief Operating Officer, BICSc said:

“We are delighted to be joining The Planet Mark family. Sustainability has always been of the utmost importance to the Institute, as we approach our 60th Anniversary, this achievement highlights our commitment to making a change, and reducing our carbon footprint going forward. Promoting sustainability is part of our mission”.

Our Mission

The British Institute of Cleaning Science is the largest independent, professional and educational body within the cleaning industry with over 40,000 Individual and Corporate Members in the UK and Internationally.

To raise the standards of education and to build awareness of the cleaning industry through professional standards and accredited training, thereby; 

  • Protecting the Operative
  • Providing a Clean and Safe Environment
  • Preserving Assets
  • Promoting Sustainability
  • Producing Best Practice
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