Reporting Boundary: All sites (Crowborough,
Emission sources: Electricity, transmission & distribution, natural gas, LPG, waste, water, fleet, business travel, paper, homeworking (excluded from total carbon footprint)
Reporting Period: 01 Feb 2020 – 30 Jan 2021
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Millbrook Garden Company, a retail company operating garden centres out of Crowborough, U.K., has achieved Planet Mark certification.
This is Millbrook Garden Company’s first 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.
Millbrook Garden Company’s total carbon footprint in the year ending January 2021 was 326.6 tCO2e. Millbrook Garden Company’s total carbon per employee in the year ending in January 2021 was 4.1 tCO2e.
If Millbrook Garden Company is able to achieve its carbon target, it would save the same amount of carbon as preventing 40,000 car miles from being driven.
“Well done Millbrook Garden Company on taking an important step on your sustainability journey. Garden centres already make the planet greener, but they have work to do to ensure everything they do is sustainable. Millbrook Garden Company has recognised the importance of doing business with the planet in mind and has begun a journey to a low carbon future. I’m so pleased to have the team commit to reducing their carbon footprint, and I’m sure their customers are, too.”
“As gardeners, we care about the environment. As a business, we believe we have a responsibility to make positive changes, where we can, to protect environmental sustainability. Even small steps are important ones – mighty oak trees from little acorns grow! Millbrook is committed to finding ways in which we can work and garden more harmoniously with our planet. We are dedicated to reducing our carbon footprint and impact on the environment and have partnered with Planet Mark to help us achieve this.”
Tammy added “We have already made a start – from buying responsibly, to raising awareness of greener product choices with our ‘Planet Positive’ logo, to educating with blogs and workshops on topics such as home composting as we move away from peat-based products. There is plenty more to do and we look forward to setting and achieving our goals.”
Millbrook promotes good environmental practices and environmental awareness throughout its garden centres. From electing Energy Champions to monitor energy usage, encourage saving and identify and deal with heavy usage, to actively updating its centres with low energy appliances, sustainability is embedded into the centres’ processes. The company also has set a target of 25% renewable energy generation throughout its business.
As guardians and promoters of natural products, garden centres must pay attention to developments in the sustainable world in order to stay competitive. While the wide-ranging environmental, health and social benefits to flora are well known, garden centres must remain conscious of their supply chains to make sure they are sustainable, and ethically, sourced. As modern consumer demands become increasingly conscious of a product’s source, nurseries should respond with their own rigorous and accountable approach to sustainability.
As part of the Planet Mark certification, Millbrook Garden Group has committed to making a year-on-year reduction.