Our commitment

The Financial Times (FT) recognises its responsibilities and is committed to reducing its environmental impact. Our main aim is for our company operations – including emissions relating to buildings and business travel – to be climate neutral.

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Our actions

To be climate neutral, we implemented a two-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.

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Our achievements – 2015

Since January 2007, we have reduced the energy use at One Southwark Bridge, the largest building we occupy, by 41.2%. That reduction is the equivalent to the typical energy use of 282 households per year.


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