Chestertons, one of London’s highest-profile estate agencies, has revealed that it has become certified as Net Zero Carbon, offsetting twice as much carbon as it produces.
This has been achieved both by switching the company’s entire vehicle fleet to electric BMW i3s two years ago, but also by paying for offsetting schemes.
The company says its activities currently produce 212 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year.
But it has invested in three offsetting schemes which it say amount to double its own carbon dioxide emissions, helped by consultant Carbon Footprint.
These include backing a scheme to distribute water purifiers in rural Cambodia to reduce the amount of trees cut down for fire wood to boil water plus tree planting in the UK and a project to promote the reduction of de-forestation in Brazil’s Amazon region.
Guy Gittins (pictured), Chestertons’ CEO, says: “Going Carbon Neutral is just another step in the right direction for Chestertons, and we are committed to continue to use our position to have a positive impact on the environment, not just by focusing on the business footprint, but also the impact of our staff, clients, suppliers and partners.”
Ross Nichols of Just Move In, whose company produced a report highlighting how agents can go green, says: “It’s fantastic to see Chesterton’s taking the positive step in becoming carbon neutral.
“We hope many others will follow suit and it’s absolutely necessary if we want to reduce the impact of climate change.
“Taking these thoughtful actions positions agencies in a really positive way to all stakeholders, which is not just good the environment, but also makes good business sense.”
What is Net Zero Carbon?
A “net–zero” target refers to reaching net-zero carbon emissions by a selected date, but differs from zero carbon, which requires no carbon to be emitted as the key criteria. Net-zero refers to balancing the amount of emitted greenhouse gases with the equivalent emissions that are offset.