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The Eden Project, an educational charity and visitor destination in Cornwall housing the largest rainforest in captivity, has achieved Planet Mark certification.
The Eden Project has been reporting on its carbon footprint since 2005 and joined The Planet Mark certification programme in 2012. The relative carbon footprint in the year ending March 2019 was 3.35 tCO2e per 1000 visitors, an increase of 1.9% compared to 2018. Eden’s total carbon footprint was 2,751.4 tCO2e, a decrease of 2.7% compared to the previous year.
The carbon footprint reported by Eden Project includes emissions from energy use at the site, refrigerant losses, fuel used by the fleet, water consumption, waste disposal, and business travel. The biggest contributor to the reduction was scope 2 electricity emissions, with a decrease of 17% compared to year ending 2018.
“The Eden Project is a paragon of sustainability, and others should look to its example. From its educational awareness work through to the operation of its site, it shows the benefits that can be made from forward-thinking sustainable action. I am delighted that they have achieved certification for the eighth year running.”
Certification 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.
Sustainability is at the heart of what the Eden Project is all about. It is a major part of the message it hopes to convey. Through its pioneering sustainability programme, the Eden Project aims to raise visitor awareness through through-provoking and engaging displays, activities and experiences. It also demonstrates its own sustainable credentials through identifying social, economic and environmental measures of sustainability with an aim to develop processes to capture this information and set improvement goals for the future. The project also made careful choices about materials and designs to try to keep the environmental impact of its buildings and biomes on site as low as possible.
As demand grows for sustainable travel, the industry must work to improve its environmental credentials. And as a major emitter of carbon, travel and tourism has been under the spotlight regarding its emissions. The industry must move toward robust policies of measurement and carbon footprint decreases if we as a society wish to achieve our global sustainable goals.
As part of the Planet Mark certification, Eden Project has committed to make a year-on-year reduction.