Mitie has been awarded an A- Climate Change score by CDP, a leading global environmental, social and governance ratings agency – making it the only UK FM business so far to get a ‘leadership’ rating.
It is now one of only 65 British businesses to be rated in the ‘leadership’ category. This marks a significant jump up from the ‘C’ rating the company achieved in 2019 – moving Mitie from an ‘awareness’ level to a ‘leadership’ level in a year.
The firm scored highly in the ‘emissions reductions initiatives’ and ‘governance’ categories.
It joins about 9,500 firms from around the world that disclosed climate change data through the CDP in 2020. As CDP is widely recognised as the global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts, Mitie said that “receiving this rating demonstrates its significant work over the past 12 months to tackle the climate crisis”.
This includes the launch of Plan Zero in February – Mitie’s commitment to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2025 while also supporting its clients to achieve their sustainability targets.
In October, Mitie reached its goal to witch 20 per cent of its car and small van fleet to electric three months ahead of target. Mitie now has at least 800 fully electric vehicles on the road and is rolling out around 25 more each week. The business has also switched all of its offices to renewable energy and plans to reinvest the cost savings to improve biodiversity at its office locations.
During 2019/20, Mitie Energy saved 300,000 tonnes of carbon for its customers, and in the past three years saved 25,000 tonnes – equivalent to £10 million – for Vodafone UK.
Simon King, Mitie’s director of sustainability and social value, said: “Rising two levels in a single year is testament to the significant progress that Mitie has made towards becoming one of the UK’s leading sustainable businesses.”
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