We're becoming a greener organisation

We’re becoming a greener organisation

Published: 29 September 2022

This Great Big Green Week, Darlington Building Society is celebrating the latest achievement on its journey to becoming a greener organisation.

The Society has been certified as a CarbonNeutral® company by Climate Impact Partners, specialist in carbon market solutions for climate action.

The certification recognises Darlington Building Society as following The CarbonNeutral Protocol – the global standard which has been managed for more than 20 years to deliver credible and transparent carbon neutral programmes. The process involves defining emissions scopes, measuring emissions, and then offsetting these emissions through verified projects, while at the same time progressing a programme of carbon reduction.

Furthermore, the Society’s Northallerton and Redcar branches have also received Carbon Zero certification from its utilities suppliers, meaning all energy used at those sites is renewable.

Finally, all sites – that’s all nine branches plus head office buildings – now follow best practice waste management procedures.

David Bews, Chief Risk Officer at Darlington Building Society said: “It is fantastic that we are already beginning to see results stemming from the changes we’ve made to help Darlington Building Society become a greener business.

“Working with Climate Impact Partners made sense to us because of their expertise, their longevity in the market and the high calibre of clients they have worked with.

“Being certified as a CarbonNeutral® company underlines a commitment to offset our carbon footprint by supporting sustainable projects, while continuing to make purposeful progress to reduce the Society’s carbon emissions.

“It’s important to us that we don’t simply offset our carbon footprint. This is about creating a lasting change through preventative measures. We are on a mission to reduce our impact on the environment, and we are taking lots of small steps to get there in a practical and measured way.

“We’ve installed electric vehicle charging points at our head office, invested in innovative energy saving measures and are switching to Carbon Zero utilities suppliers as soon as we are able to under our current contracts.

“The next step on our journey is to gather data from across our network to quantify our efforts. We will also continue to look at greener finance and how we can help promote a greener housing market through our mortgages.

“We understand that there’s a way to go in our journey to becoming greener, however accreditation such as the CarbonNeutral® company certification provides reassurance that we are heading in the right direction.”

You can learn more about Climate Impact Partners, and the CarbonNeutral® certification here.