In working to help our member businesses contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals, Investors in the Environment is now partnering with Forest Carbon, to help take action on climate change (SDG 13) and improve life on land (SDG 15).
Woodlands are vital to the UK, particularly in a world where the climate change trajectory is set for the next 30 years and where we are one of the least forested countries in Europe.
In addition to the carbon dioxide that will be offset by our partners’ woodlands, they will also provide other critical services to society:
- Flood mitigation – the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment ranks this is the number one threat to the UK, with 3.6 million homes at risk. Woodland creation can help to prevent downstream flooding by reducing the speed and amount of water reaching watercourses and rivers;
- Cleaner rivers – woodlands prevent agricultural run-off pollution;
- Cleaner air – as well as capturing CO2 trees also scrub other pollutants from the atmosphere;
- Habitat for nature – the UK is one of the most degraded natural environments in the world;
- Green spaces – there is a wealth of evidence about the positive health effects of being in or even just near woodlands;
- Sustainable timber – the UK is the world’s second largest importer of timber, which ultimately puts strain on old growth forests elsewhere in the world;
- Employment creation – woodlands need a whole supply chain of support over their lifetimes.
Woodland Carbon Code assured
Woodland Carbon Code credits are an accepted mitigation mechanism under UK government corporate environmental reporting guidelines, and are currently the only means of investing in UK based carbon projects that are supported by the government. Credits are listed on the Markit Environmental Registry, home to all of the world’s leading carbon assurance standards and a means of offering investors and their stakeholders complete transparency on carbon ownership and project certification status.
The Woodland Carbon Code was launched by the Forestry Commission in July 2011 to offer quality assurance and confidence to investors in woodland carbon projects. The first ever certification of a carbon woodland was achieved by Forest Carbon in November 2011, and the first ever year 5 re-certification achieved in March 2016.
The Woodland Carbon Code delivers independently audited projects, certified by UKAS accredited bodies to ISO standards, that offer tangible social and environmental benefits; it is the only standard of its kind in the UK. The Code ensures that:
- The right trees have been planted, in the right place;
- The carbon capture estimates are project specific, scientifically sound and risk adjusted;
- The woodlands are managed to a high standard;
- The trees are protected in the long term;
- The trees would not be there but for the intervention of Forest Carbon and partners.
Working with businesses
Forest Carbon works closely with carbon buying partners to develop plans that match their needs. We also support partners in the following ways:
- We arrange and host site visits to help engage company stakeholders;
- We assist with the development of marketing copy, PR copy, tender documents, and any other place partners want to write about what they do with us;
- We have accompanied partners to industry exhibitions and conferences to help support their message;
- We dedicate pages on our website to our partners’ project(s) thereby offering third party confirmation of their actions with information and photographs.
- Forest Carbon was the innovative force behind the creation of the Woodland Carbon Code, and over the last four years has been working with the UK government and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature to create a parallel code for quality assuring peatland restoration projects. The UK’s peatlands (think Peak District, Exmoor, North Pennines, and many other locations) are badly degraded and emit as much as 10 million tonnes of CO2 each year. We can prevent this by re-wetting and re-vegetating them, with the bonuses of reducing downstream flood risk and improving water quality. In md-2018 Forest Carbon completed the first ever Peatland Code certified restoration project, in the Scottish Borders.
The iiE Forest Carbon partnership
If your business would like to measure, reduce and mitigate its carbon and environmental footprint then working with iiE and Forest Carbon will enable you to do this in an independently assured and innovative way, with multiple co-benefits for society.
To find out more about offsetting your carbon footprint and contributing to long term tree planting in the UK, email us at [email protected]