CarbonSystems today announced the appointment of world leading business sustainability expert, Dr Martin Blake, to its advisory board. In making the announcement CarbonSystems’ chief executive David Solsky said Dr Blake’s appointment follows an extensive search and selection process, and has the enthusiastic support of the company’s directors.
“Dr Blake is an ideal person to support CarbonSystems’ in our global expansion into, Asia, Europe and the Americas,” Mr Solsky said. “He brings to the role a rare combination of experience at the highest levels of business, academia and public life. His leadership and management credentials are proven and well-recognised.”
For the past seven years Dr Blake managed the strategy and delivery of corporate social and sustainability programs for the Royal Mail Group, creating an internationally recognized Corporate Responsibility Program that has won over 75 national and international awards, including the World Mail Awards for carbon management and the Carbon Trust Standard.
Dr Blake was responsible for wide ranging programs that saved Royal Mail £20 million per annum and slashed its carbon footprint by 20 per cent per cent over a three-year period. He also reduced transport related carbon emissions by 10 per cent, building energy consumption by 20 per cent, waste by 50 per cent and water by 20 per cent. Royal Mail will slash its carbon emissions by a further 34 per cent by 2015. The Royal Mail Group is the UK’s largest single employer with more than 195,000 employees, 14,000 retail outlets and a fleet of 35,000 vehicles.
“I’m delighted to have been given this opportunity to assist CarbonSystems build on its outstanding record and reputation as a leading global sustainability software company,” Dr Blake said. “I am strongly committed to building the capacity of business leaders to achieve operational cost savings by investing in sustainability programs. In my advisory role I will be assisting CarbonSystems to capitalise on its early market momentum in Australia and the UK, and to grow its position as a global market leader in the provision of energy, carbon and sustainability accounting software.”
Prior to joining Royal Mail Dr Blake spent over 20 years in the Middle East working first for an American Healthcare provider and later the largest oil company in the world, Saudi Aramco, where he managed multiple state-of-the-art community infrastructure projects including hospitals, roads and universities, for a population of 30 million people.
Dr Blake has had a distinguished academic career. He earned Doctoral and Masters degrees in business administration from Hull University, and a science degree from the University of West England. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Sustainable Business Development at both Griffith University and the University of Southern Queensland.
He holds directorships with leading private and public companies, including Ecologic (green transport and logistics) in the US, Sabien Technology Group and Amida Recruiting in UK. He is Executive Chairman of Carbon Zero Solutions (Sustainability and Carbon Management Consultancy) in the UK and Asia-Pacific, a strategic advisor to the Scottish Government’s Renewable Energy Group, and a Trustee of PURE, a UK charity specializing in Socially Responsible Carbon Offset.
CarbonSystems is a global provider of energy and carbon accounting software. Its technology helps companies manage their environmental performance and operate more efficiently by driving cost savings in their use of energy, fuel, gas, water, waste, and other environmental metrics. A privately owned and funded Australian company,
CarbonSystems has offices in Sydney, New York and London and has clients in diverse sectors, including corporate property management, education, electricity and gas, government, food services, fast moving goods distribution, information technology, managed services, mining, logistics, and professional services.
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