Barclays sites across the UK – including its global headquarters at 1 Churchill Place, London – have been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard for reducing carbon emissions.
The Canary Wharf head office, Global Retail Banking Technology’s base at Radbroke Hall, Cheshire, and the UK Retail Banking branch network, have been recognised with the certification.
Based on a rigorous, independent assessment, the Carbon Trust Standard certifies that organisations have measured, managed and reduced their carbon emissions across their operations, and are committed to reducing them year on year.
Energy consumption across the UK Retail Banking branch network has reduced by 4.3 per cent in the past two years.
Radbroke Hall and 1 Churchill Place have also achieved combined energy savings of 2.6 per cent during that time.
The standard recognises these savings, and the work of Barclays teams to launch campaigns designed to increase recycling and reduce energy waste.
Environmental Champions have also been appointed at many UK sites, and some branches have agreed to share courier vans with other companies, reducing emissions from transport.
Harry Morrison, General Manager, the Carbon Trust Standard, said: “The Carbon Trust Standard helps businesses accurately calculate their carbon footprint, quantify their exposure to risk, and measure and benchmark progress of their carbon management initiatives. We congratulate Barclays on their certification.”
Les Ingram, Global Head of Engineering, Barclays Corporate Real Estate Services, added: “Going through the assessment process to achieve the Carbon Trust Standard helped us to not only quantify our footprint, but also benchmark our performance and identify areas for improvement.”
Barclays Capital was awarded the Carbon Trust Standard in 2010, after demonstrating a reduction in emissions over the previous three years.