Eden Project

The Eden Project is an educational charity and visitor destination in Cornwall housing the largest rainforest in captivity. Sustainability is at the heart of what the Eden Project is all about, and is a major part of the message it hopes to convey.
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11 years

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Total carbon reduction per 1,000 visitors

Reporting Boundary: Eden Project Operations (Bodelva, Par PL24 2SG, and Kirby Street office)

Emission Sources: Electricity, On-Site Renewables, T&D losses, Natural Gas, Refrigerants, Building Fuels, Waste, Water, Fleet and Business Travel

Reporting Period: 01 Apr 2021 to 31 Mar 2022


Location-based total carbon footprint

1,906.2 tC0₂e

Total carbon footprint per 1,000 visitors

3.1 tC0₂e

Total carbon footprint per 1,000 visitors

1,188.4 tC0₂e

Total carbon footprint per 1,000 visitors

2.0 tC0₂e


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Certification story

The Eden Project, an educational charity and visitor destination in Cornwall housing the largest rainforest in captivity, has achieved Planet Mark certification.  

The Eden Project has been reporting on its carbon footprint since 2005 and joined The Planet Mark certification programme in 2012. This is their ninth year of business carbon footprint reporting. In this Decade of Action, the group wants to ensure that they are a force for good: positively transforming society and the planet by measuring its own impact on the environment.

Achieving Planet Mark is based on the commitment to continuous improvement in sustainability in its business operations by measuring and reducing its carbon footprint and engaging its stakeholders. 

Over the next year, the company will be working towards measuring and reducing its carbon emissions and sharing its journey with its community to inspire others. By being more strategic about its environmental responsibility, the company will be able to significantly increase its positive impact and hope to encourage continual improvements within its community.

Steve Malkin
Founder and CEO
Planet Mark
“The Eden Project is a paragon of sustainability, and others should look to its example. From its educational awareness work through to the operation of its site, it shows the benefits that can be made from forward-thinking sustainable action. I am delighted that they have achieved certification for the eighth year running.”

Sustainability is at the heart of what the Eden Project is all about. It is a major part of the message it hopes to convey. Through its pioneering sustainability programme, the Eden Project aims to raise visitor awareness through provoking and engaging displays, activities and experiences. It also demonstrates its own sustainable credentials by identifying social, economic and environmental measures of sustainability with an aim to develop processes to capture this information and set improvement goals for the future. The project also made careful choices about materials and designs to try to keep the environmental impact of its buildings and biomes on-site as low as possible. 

As demand grows for sustainable travel, the industry must work to improve its environmental credentials. And as a major emitter of carbon, travel and tourism has been under the spotlight regarding their emissions. The industry must move toward robust policies of measurement and carbon footprint decreases if we as a society wish to achieve our global sustainable goals. 

Future targets

Reduce carbon emissions by at least 2.5% each year

To recertify next year Eden Project must reduce emissions by 2.5%.

Aim to reduce carbon emissions by 5% each year

A 5% year-on-year reduction is the target reduction recommended by Planet Mark.

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