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City & Essex

City & Essex is a cleaning company that has built its reputation on cleaning the premises of some of the country’s most recognisable brands. Sustainability is an important part of maintaining its brand and reputation.
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2 years

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Absolute carbon reduction

Reporting Boundary: Head Office (Vantage House 2nd Floor, 6-7 Claydons Lane, Rayleigh, Essex SS6 7UP)

Emission sources: Electricity, T&D losses, water, waste, fleet, business travel, paper, homeworking (excluded from footprint)

Reporting Period: 01 Jan 2020 – 31 Dec 2020


Carbon reduction per employee


Total carbon footprint

30.6 tCO2e

Total carbon footprint per employee.

30.6 tCO2e


FTE employees

We engage our employees and wider stakeholders to unlock their talent and knowledge to drive year on year progress in sustainability.



UN Sustainable Development Goals

We recognise that transparent communication is essential for transformational change and we quantifiably contribute to 9 SDG’s.


Certification story

City & Essex, a cleaning company of more than 50 years based in Rayleigh, Essex, has achieved Planet Mark certification.

This is City & Essex’s second year of business carbon footprint reporting and Planet Mark certification. Since certifying to Planet Mark, the company has set a target to reduce emissions by 5% annually.

City & Essex’s total carbon footprint in the year ending December 2020 was 30.6 tCO2e, a reduction of 32%. City & Essex’s total carbon per employee in the year ending 2020 was 1.8 tCO2e, a reduction of 44.7%.

City & Essex’s carbon reduction is the same as preventing seven tonnes of coal from being burned.  


Steve Malkin
Founder and CEO
Planet Mark
“City & Essex has made some fantastic strides forward in a trying your for business. Their reduction in carbon is tremendous, and should be celebrated by the team and their customers alike. The cleaning industry can have obvious and tangible impacts on our local environment, as well as at a global level, so seeing City & Essex’s dedication to minimising that impact makes clear sense for the planet and the business. I’m proud of the steps they have taken this year and hope to continue witnessing such great progress.”
Matthew Swift
Marketing Manager
City & Essex
“As a third-generation family business, sustainability has never been a passing trend. It has a material impact on both the ethical growth of our business and the communities in which we operate. To us, sustainability is more than just carbon reduction. It is how products are sourced, packaged, transported, and disposed of and over the past 50 years we have formed unique relationships with our trusted supply chain in order to drive positive change within our industry. Some of our most exciting innovations have been a direct result of incorporating sustainable strategies into all aspects of our business.”

Certification story

Matthew added “We have had some incredibly powerful discussions with PlanetMark over the past year, and it has inspired us to make changes across our business to minimise our impact and commit to net-zero by 2030.

With PlanetMark’s support and guidance, we have reaffirmed our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint and encouraging future initiatives within our business, supply chain, and customer’s sites.”

City & Essex has already taken steps towards becoming a sustainable business. Looking after the environment, and understand its impact on it, is one of their key priorities. They are committed to tackling sustainability in the workplace and enjoy working with like-minded individuals. Their eco-friendly approach begins with its fleet of hybrid vehicles. It continues with environmentally sensitive chemicals that lower waste and emissions.

Companies working in facilities management and cleaning must see sustainability as a business opportunity. As property owners and managers seek ways to make their buildings and processes more efficient, companies that can offer measured, sustainable and quality services gain a competitive edge over the market. As well as doing right by the planet, measuring and reducing a business’s carbon footprint is rapidly becoming an economic advantage.  



Future targets

Reduce carbon footprint by 5% annually

As part of the Planet Mark certification, City & Essex has committed to making a year-on-year reduction.

Achieve net zero carbon by 2030

City & Essex has pledged to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2030.

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