FM provider Salisbury Group has unveiled its plan to go beyond net-zero to be a climate-positive company – beyond carbon neutrality – from this year.
Along with a detailed plan to make its operations sustainable, Salisbury will invest 110 per cent of total offsetting costs into environmental projects certified by the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS).
‘Climate positive’ means that the group will be going beyond carbon neutrality by not only delivering a plan to reduce its carbon emissions but also using enhanced offsetting for the remaining emissions from 2021.
‘Net carbon positive’ may also be used to describe the plan, as Salisbury Group will act to reduce emissions to the atmosphere to the extent that the total reductions exceed what it produces, as certified by an independent expert organisation. Salisbury said its strategy would see a green transformation of its energy, vehicles, and other environmental practices – including removal of single-use plastics from operations and sustainability training for staff.
A study of the provider’s scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions identified its fleet as the main cause of emissions. It plans to transition the fleet from mostly diesel and petrol vehicles to electric vehicles, using hybrids until there is wider availability of suitable charging infrastructure. It also plans to convert all offices to 100 per cent renewable energy, in line with its central London offices at York House in Pentonville Road.
Andrew Lunt, group managing director, said: “All of us in the facilities management industry have been on a journey of understanding firstly how we have contributed to climate change, and secondly what we can do about it. At Salisbury Group, we share others' commitment to achieve as close to zero carbon operations as possible. However, we want to do more than just achieving net-zero. With our engineers, cleaners and security guards operating across the country, we know that we have historically contributed to climate change. That's why we are going to give 110 per cent to green offsetting projects via the VCS to be a Climate Positive Company, while at the same time transforming to low-carbon and environmentally friendly operations for the future.”
The first recipient of Salisbury's climate-positive funding will be a geothermal power plant in Indonesia. This clean source of renewable energy will create sustainable jobs and improve skills in impoverished communities.