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Carbon Trust award for RSA as footprint shrinks

RSA has been recognised for its environmental effort with an award from the Carbon Trust.

The scheme was developed by the Carbon Trust in 2007 to encourage good practice in carbon measurement, management and reduction by businesses and public sector organisations.

The awards are given to businesses in recognition of their ability to measure, manage and make real year-on-year reductions to their carbon footprint.

It provides a clear definition of good practice and is an independent endorsement of achievements in carbon reduction. Organisations applying for this standard are rewarded for the actions they have taken to cut carbon across their own operations.

In order for an organisation to obtain the standard, it must meet several criteria, including: ensuring that its footprint is measured accurately, along with all required emission sources; an absolute reduction in its carbon footprint or ability to demonstrate an equivalent relative efficiency improvement.

The organisation's carbon governance, accounting, reduction methods and targets must also be demonstrated to meet the trust's required standard.

RSA said that achieving the Carbon Trust Standard is its most recent win in improving its green credentials. In December 2006, the company claimed to have reached its target of being the first insurer in the UK to become carbon neutral.

The company has cut its carbon footprint" within the scope of the Carbon Trust Standard" by 23% over the three years to 2008.

Vanessa Evans, RSA UK human relations director, said: "For a number of years we've been setting ourselves targets to reduce our environmental impact. This achievement validates our approach not only in terms of reduced impact but also generating cost savings. It has been a rewarding journey for us and I would strongly recommend that other organisations take a strategic view on internal carbon management."

Harry Morrison, general manager of the Carbon Trust Standard, commented: "Being certified with our standard is proof an organisation has taken genuine action to reduce their direct impact on climate change by cutting carbon emissions. We congratulate RSA on this achievement."

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