01 October 2010: QVC, the UK’s leading multi-media retailer, has been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard after taking action on climate change by reducing its carbon emissions by 5% from January 2007 until December 2009 . This equates to saving 625 tonnes of CO2e.
The Carbon Trust Standard is the world’s first award that recognises organisations for genuine carbon reduction. Based on a rigorous, independent assessment it certifies that organisations have measured, managed and reduced their carbon emissions across their own operations, and are committed to reducing them year on year.
Helen Fenton, Head of Facilities, QVC said:
“We have worked hard at a company and employee level to reduce our carbon emissions year on year. The Carbon Trust Standard is a fantastic achievement, demonstrating our commitment to taking action on climate change and communicating our environmental credentials to those that matter.
“Climate change is a real issue and as a major retailer it is crucial that we play our part by reducing our impact on the environment. Reducing carbon emissions also benefits QVC as a business, providing bottom-line benefits so we can stay competitive and ahead of the game. We have already cut our carbon emissions by 5% as part of the initiative and are committed to making further reductions in the future.”
Harry Morrison, General Manager, the Carbon Trust Standard Company said:
“We congratulate QVC on their certification. Carbon is a complex issue so most people need shorthand to indicate whether a company is doing the right thing. Achieving the Carbon Trust Standard allows QVC to talk with integrity to its customers and other stakeholders about the serious and credible steps they have taken to reduce their carbon emissions.”
QVC has reduced its emissions through projects including: installing energy saving lighting in the broadcast studios, reducing paper and cardboard usage, improving waste recycling, and installing energy saving lighting across QVC’s two sites in Battersea, London and Knowsley near Liverpool. The company has also installed energy saving equipment in its air conditioning plant.
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Notes to editors
QVC, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation attributed to the Liberty Interactive Group (Nasdaq: LINTA), is one of the largest multimedia retailers in the world. Its programming is distributed to more than 166 million homes worldwide.
QVC UK is the largest TV shopping channel in Britain, offering a wide variety of brand name products in apparel & beauty, jewellery, home innovation and home style. The channel broadcasts 24 hours a day, 364 days a year with 17 hours of live programming each day (from 09:00 to 02:00 UK time). QVC is available to over 23 million digital terrestrial, satellite and cable homes in the UK.
QVC’s website, www.qvcuk.com was ranked 34th in Sitemorse’s List of the top 50 UK Retail Sites in January 2010
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About the Carbon Trust Standard
- All businesses and organisations, both in the UK and internationally, are eligible to apply for the Carbon Trust Standard including FTSEs, mid caps, SMEs and public sector organisations. Organisations that are awarded the Carbon Trust Standard hold it for a two year period and to maintain the certification they must reapply and demonstrate that they have continued to make year-on-year reductions in their carbon emissions.
- Organisations wanting information about getting the Carbon Trust Standard can call: 0800 019 1443 or visit www.carbontruststandard.com
- Organisations that are certified with the Carbon Trust Standard are listed at www.carbontruststandard.com/UsingtheStandard/CurrentStandardBearers.aspx
- There are over 350 organisations that have achieved the Carbon Trust Standard. Total carbon footprint certified by the Carbon Trust Standard is now nearly 35 million tonnes of CO2e. This is equivalent to 10% of the total carbon footprint of UK businesses and transport.
Through a commitment to continually reducing their carbon footprint, Carbon Trust Standard achievers have together cut their emissions by 2.8 million tonnes of CO2 and have saved the equivalent of £102 million associated with reductions in gas, electricity and fuel use.
Carbon Trust Standard achievers are genuinely leading the way in real carbon reduction and demonstrating that it is possible to de-carbonise your business year on year and still be successful.
About the Carbon Trust
The Carbon Trust is a not-for-profit company with the mission to accelerate the move to a low carbon economy, providing specialist support to business and the public sector to help cut carbon emissions, save energy and commercialise low carbon technologies. By stimulating low carbon action we contribute to key UK goals of lower carbon emissions, the development of low carbon businesses, increased energy security and associated jobs.
We help to cut carbon emissions now by
- Providing specialist advice and finance to help organisations cut carbon
- Setting standards for carbon reduction
We reduce potential future carbon emissions by
- Opening markets for low carbon technologies
- Leading industry collaborations to commercialise technologies
- Investing in early stage low carbon companies