Success story


Carbon footprinting •

Accreditation and certification •

Offsetting strategies

Blackwell’s is a book retailer who have been providing Britain with specialist knowledge and services since 1879. Blackwell’s are emerging as champions of sustainability, becoming the world’s first carbon neutral bookshop chain.

Blackwell's is a British academic book retailer and library supply service founded in 1879, providing unrivalled customer service, specialist knowledge and a passion for bookselling across 45 shops worldwide and an online store.

They wanted to understand their carbon footprint across their stores and operations, to ensure compliance with government regulations and also to identify further decarbonisation opportunities.

We calculated the carbon footprint associated with Blackwell's operations and their products for the 2020 calendar year, alongside the preparation of a Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR)-compliant disclosure for their financial report.

Blackwell's fully offset their Scope 1 and 2 emissions for 2020, taking another step in becoming champions of sustainability in their sector by becoming the world's first carbon neutral bookshop chain.

Blackwell's now leads as an example for the rest of the sector to take into account their carbon impact, and identify what they can do to reduce their emissions.

“Our booksellers and our customers are passionate about carbon neutrality and protecting the environment. Blackwell’s are a trusted brand and we are determined to play our part in making a positive contribution to a more sustainable future... Through our partnership with BeZero, we can build upon what we are already doing as a company to offset our residual emissions and play our part in a more sustainable future”

Kate Stilborn

Customer Service and Operations Director

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