Johnston Press, the parent company of the West Sussex Gazette has achieved the Carbon Trust Standard for the second time.
The award, granted every two years, recognises the work undertaken by the company across all operations – including this newspaper’s office in Horsham - and is independent confirmation that Johnston Press has genuinely measured, managed and reduced carbon emissions.
During the assessment process for the Carbon Trust Standard, the company demonstrated that it had reduced its total carbon footprint by 16% over the last three years (based on key emissions including electricity, gas and petrol/diesel consumed).
Peter McCall, company secretary and chairman of the Group’s Carbon Footprint Taskforce, said: “The award of the Carbon Trust Standard is great recognition for the achievements of Johnston Press in carbon reduction, and demonstrates our commitment to reducing carbon emissions year on year.”
Comprehensive monitoring of energy usage – carried out by energy consultants Energy Management Services - has helped reduce the company’s carbon footprint. In addition Johnston Press has implemented a programme to roll out automatic meter reading to 73 of its smaller sites, improving the accuracy of monitoring and reporting systems.
A review of the CO2 rating of all new vehicles has been introduced and the company is managing its vehicle fleet strategically to deliver carbon savings. Driver training is being considered for those who drive long distances on company business.
Peter added: “The Carbon Trust Standard requires us to keep reducing our carbon emissions and to recertify every two years. It means we have to continue the great work and all keep reducing our impact on the environment.”
Darran Messem, managing director of certification at the Carbon Trust, said: “Having a focused, approach to reducing an organisation’s carbon footprint can deliver major dividends in terms of cost savings and reputational benefits. We congratulate Johnston Press for achieving carbon emission reductions and showing commitment to best practise carbon management.”