Our commitment

The Financial Times (FT) recognises its responsibilities and is committed to reducing its environmental impact. Along with Pearson, our main aim is for our company operations – including emissions relating to buildings and business travel – to be climate neutral. Our environmental management and performance is overseen by the Responsible Business Leadership Council.

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Our actions

To be climate neutral, we implemented a three-part strategy.

1. Reduce our carbon footprint by decreasing energy use and business travel

Our first priority was to reduce the FT’s own carbon footprint, of which energy use is the largest element. To achieve this, we have been working with the Carbon Trust over the last decade to improve our energy efficiency. We hold the Carbon Trust Standard globally and were the second-ever organisation to gain that certification for our worldwide operations.

Our actions include:

  • investing in a series of efficiency measures (such as sensor-activated lighting)
  • reducing our impact from company cars by two-thirds by decreasing our fleet size and introducing a carbon cap
  • ensuring that, wherever possible, waste is not sent to landfill.

2. Purchase green electricity for our London headquarters

Electricity is the largest single element of our footprint. As well as reducing our wider energy usage, we also purchase green electricity globally.

3. Invest in forest planting through the FT Rainforest

Through our partnership with Children’s Tropical Forests (CTF) UK, we invest in the purchase and protection of a large area of primary tropical rainforest in Costa Rica and now Colombia. Find out more about the FT Rainforest.

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Our achievements – 2013

Over the last six years, we have reduced the energy use at One Southwark Bridge, the largest building we occupy, by 32%. That reduction is the equivalent of the typical energy use of 175 households.


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