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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) & Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) cuts carbon by nearly half RWHA, an association that represents those who supply goods and services to royal households, and QEST, an organisation that supports talented and aspiring makers wishing to further their education and training, have achieved Planet Mark certification.

This is RWHA & QEST’s sixth 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.

RWHA & QEST’s total carbon footprint in the year ending December 2020 was 8.1 tCO2e, a reduction of 43%. RWHA & QEST’s total carbon per employee in the year ending 2020 was 0.7 tCO2e, a reduction of 48%. 


Steve Malkin
Planet Mark
“RHWA and QEST have been stalwarts of Planet Mark and embody our philosophy. In their sixth year of certification, emissions cuts such as this are fantastic to see. But beyond RHWA and QEST’s own office walls, the change they are able to make with their network of stakeholders is outstanding. Walking the walk on sustainability is crucial in changing minds, and both organisations are fantastic examples of this.”

Certification story

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 have a huge opportunity to act on climate change through their power of communication. As organisations with reach and influence over a wide range of stakeholders, their ability to inform, educate and lead on best practice on environmental action is unmatched. 

Future targets

Reduce carbon footprint by 5% annually

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

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