Planet Positive is delighted to announce the addition of two new experts to its Technical Committee, as part of an expanding focus on sustainability promotion. The Planet Positive Technical Committee’s role is to maintain and develop the Planet Positive Protocol, the framework to which they work, and the recent appointments are leading figures in their fields. Jacob Tompkins, MD of Waterwise brings expertise in water resources, as Planet Positive add this crucial sustainability metric to their portfolio. Dr Craig Jones, Principal Associate at Sustain, brings a wealth of experience to the product Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) arm of Planet Positive.
Planet Positive strongly believes that by becoming more sustainable, businesses can make a positive contribution to the environment as well as cut costs and become more competitive. Planet Positive provides an internationally recognised mark of sustainability certification to businesses, buildings, events and a diverse range of other organisations. Certification demonstrates that the carbon footprint and water usage of a business has been measured, ongoing reductions have been committed to and an investment into local community sustainability projects has been made.
In order to become Planet Positive Certified, an organisation must comply with the Planet Positive Protocol, which is aligned with the most advanced carbon management standards and is maintained at, or goes beyond, best practice. The Planet Positive Technical Committee is wholly independent and acts to maintain the technical rigour and environmental integrity of the Protocol. Jacob and Craig will add to the existing expertise of the Technical Committee and ensure that Planet Positive maintains its strong reputation as a robust and reliable mark of certification.
Planet Positive wants to increase awareness of the importance of water sustainability and reduce consumption. The low levels of rainfall that fell in parts of the UK this winter and the recent announcement that the south east is currently experiencing drought conditions emphasise the significance of water sustainability. Planet Positive is acting to support organisations that wish to move beyond carbon accounting by incorporating the measurement and reduction of water consumption into its certification. It is in this capacity that Jacob Tompkins, as a major player in water resources, has been appointed to the Technical Committee. Jacob is the Managing Director of Waterwise, the leading authority on water efficiency in the UK, and a regular contributor to policy discussions at UK governmental and EU level. Jacob says “I am delighted that Planet Positive is leading the way in sustainability issues by placing water management into its certification and I am looking forward to joining their Technical Committee.”
Dr Craig Jones is joining the Technical Committee to provide specialist provision for product LCA. Craig is an expert LCA practitioner, with many years worth of experience. Moreover, he was involved in the development of a number of LCA standards, including the original PAS 2050. Craig says, “Life Cycle Assessments represent a vital tool in helping businesses to become more sustainable and I am very pleased that a well respected certification brand such as Planet Positive is involved. I am excited to be joining them.”
Commenting on the new appointments, Sarah Gillett, head of Community and Policy at Planet Positive says, “Planet Positive is passionately committed to helping organisations become more sustainable, which is good for the environment and good for their bottom line. The addition of new members to the Planet Positive Technical Committee enables us to expand our focus, yet retain the rigour and reliability that make us one of the most trusted marks of sustainability certification.”