Oakland Care has become the first UK care home group to be certified as a carbon neutral business.
The luxury care home provider, which operate six care homes in the South of England, received the certificate from Carbon Neutral Britain, the UK’s leading carbon offsetting organisation.
Joanne Balmer, CEO of Oakland Care, said: “The climate crisis is a pressing issue that every sector should be taking steps to address, including the care home sector. In the UK, businesses alone account for over 85% of the country’s total emissions, meaning that taking corporate action should be a key priority in our efforts to stop climate change.
“At Oakland Care, we take responsibility for ensuring that our care homes are supporting efforts to mitigate global warming and are delighted to be the first care home group to have received this certification. This certification builds upon our existing commitment to the environment which saw the group achieve Green Mark Level 1 status a few months ago.
“Protecting the environment is a key part of our mission to create exceptional care homes where our residents can live, love and be loved. We are now working towards Green Mark Level 2 accreditation and are looking forward to learning about how our support for brilliant carbon offsetting organisations around the world are playing a vital role in the global fight against climate change.”
To achieve the certification, Oakland Care was required to calculate its carbon emissions, then to take steps to offset its carbon footprint by backing projects which support carbon offsetting.
After calculating its carbon footprint, Oakland Care is now supporting various projects around the world to offset their carbon emissions. This includes funding wind, solar, hydro and cook stove initiatives, all with a strong focus on providing lasting social and economic benefits in developing countries.