Manchester – Certified B Corporation (B Corp) Rowlinson Knitwear has achieved CarbonNeutral® company certification, in accordance with The CarbonNeutral® Protocol, the leading global framework for carbon neutrality. Becoming a CarbonNeutral® company extends to all of Rowlinson’s emissions from port of origin to delivery to customers’ premises. The schoolwear manufacturer has also recertified with Planet Mark for the third consecutive year, signalling its ongoing commitment to sustainability.
Carbon neutrality is achieved by calculating a carbon footprint and reducing it to zero through a combination of in-house efficiency measures, renewable energy and external emissions reduction projects.
Planet Mark certification for the year ending November 2020 confirmed that Rowlinson has reduced its overall carbon emissions by 41.1%, and by 42.9% carbon reduction per employee since the previous year. The business saw significant reductions in two key areas: airfreighting of goods (166.5 tCO2e saved) and business travel, most notably air travel, (101.1 tCO2e saved.)
“We’re committed to reducing our carbon emissions, so that we help to halt the climate emergency,” says Donald Moore, Chair at Rowlinson. “Despite the pandemic creating a temporary reduction in carbon impact globally, we can’t rest on our laurels. Our new photovoltaic system will generate twice the power we need, with the excess going back into the grid, which is the right choice to show we care for people and the planet.”
Steve Malkin, CEO of Planet Mark, says, “Rowlinson has always been a pioneer of sustainable practice. I am delighted that the team has announced its CarbonNeutral® status alongside Planet Mark certification. Rising to the challenge of a changing world, it has always put sustainability at the core of its operations. CarbonNeutral® status cements Rowlinson Knitwear as a leader in the space. It is a pleasure to work alongside businesses to create lasting positive change, and few are as dedicated as Rowlinson in making change a reality.”