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The Royal Warrant Holders Association (RWHA)

The Royal Warrant Holders Association (RWHA) is responsible for new Royal Warrants and changes to existing ones. As an international standard of quality, the RWHA does important work in spreading climate-positive messages among its network.
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6 years



Absolute carbon reduction

Reporting Boundary: 1 Buckingham Palace,
London, SW1E 6HR

Emission sources: Electricity, transmission & distribution losses, natural gas, water, waste, business travel, paper

Reporting Period: 1 Jan 2020 – 31 Dec 2020


Carbon reduction per employee


Total carbon footprint

8.1 tCO2e

Total carbon footprint per employee

0.7 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

The Royal Warrant Holders Association (RWHA), the organisations responsible for new Royal Warrants and changes to existing ones, and The Queen Elisabeth scholarship Trust (QEST), the charitable arm of the Royal Warrant Holders Association, have achieved certification to Planet Mark.

RWHA and QEST’s combined total carbon footprint in the year ending December 2019 was 14.3 tCO2e, an increase of 4.1% from the year ending 2018. The relative carbon footprint was 1.3 tCO2e per employee, a decrease of 5.4% from the year ending 2018. 

RWHA and QEST share resources, office spaces, utilities and stationery, and often hold collaborative events. Electricity emissions decreased by 13% and accounts for 20% of the total carbon footprint and natural gas decreased by 8% and accounts for 37% of the total carbon footprint. Despite the upward pressures on absolute emissions, RWHA & QEST has managed to partially offset the increase by reducing its building related emissions by 9.7%.  

Steve Malkin
Planet Mark
“I’m delighted to see the results of the hard work put in by RWHA and QEST. Their engaged workforce show a real drive for change and that can be seen in the results of cutting carbon per employee. The Royal Warrant is a real badge of honour, and as such both organisations have such a pivotal role in their ability to influence their wide network of stakeholders across the country. To see them both lead by example is truly inspiring.”

Certification story

Certification to 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. 

The RWHA and QEST both support sustainability throughout their organisations. The RWHA offer scholarships for the aspiring sustainability leaders of tomorrow to study a Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership at the University of Cambridge. It also requires that applicants to the Royal Warrant demonstrate an appropriate environmental and sustainability policy and action plan to effectively spread sustainable action through its network of stakeholders. 

Certification bodies and charitable trusts have a tremendous opportunity to act on climate change. As organisations with reach and influence over a wide range of stakeholders, their ability to inform, educate and lead on environmental action within their networks are unparalleled.  

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