With a Forest Carbon woodland two groups of people benefit: your organisation, and the rest of the world. That's everyone.
What you get with your Forest Carbon woodland
• Ownership of the carbon sequestered by your project's tree biomass. A buffer, created from extra planting and the soil carbon, is held permanently by Forest Carbon. This untraded contingency usually adds about 50% extra uncounted carbon to the store - a bonus for the environment.
• Naming rights and guaranteed public access to your sites as well as site access for promotional events.
• Independent monitoring of the site to assess sequestration rates and to ensure good practice is being followed.
• Enhancement of your company's staff awareness of the need for change towards low-carbon practices. (This has been shown to have a real impact on staff attitudes towards economies in travel, transport and energy.)
• Recognition for your 'early action' on climate change. More categories of industry are being brought under mandatory carbon trading schemes (shipping and aviation are next) and there is potential reward for those who have already taken positive action.
• Improved corporate pride and reputation: Customers and others like to see good CSR and so do staff: the best talent wants to work for the most responsible organisations. Our clients find that their staff respond enthusiastically to their tree-planting projects, many taking an active interest.
What everyone else gets with your Forest Carbon woodland
The publication of the Forestry Commission’s Read Report at the end of 2009 affirmed the importance of UK forests to the general health of our environment. Referring in particular to a tree's ability to sequester CO2 the report states that, “forestry can make a significant and cost-effective contribution to meeting the UK’s challenging emissions reduction targets.” A 200% increase in the rate of planting in the UK was recommended, with Professor Sir John Read adding that this can only be 'a win, win, win solution.'
A carbon woodland does more than just sequester CO2 - there are many co-benefits:
• Biodiversity is boosted: Forest Carbon schemes cover most of the six types of woodland identified in the UK’s Biodiversity Action Plan (UKBAP) priority habitat list. Our woodlands are also UKWAS certified, meaning they have biodiversity as a central requirement.
• Woods provide outdoor recreation: The Forestry Commission estimates there are more than 350 million recreational visits per annum to forests and woodlands in the UK.
• The landscape is enhanced: Studies have shown that managed woodlands can add as much as 4 – 7% to neighbouring property values and that having them in your view - from a home or workplace window, or as you travel alongside - has a positive impact on individuals and communities. They also have a dampening effect on traffic noise.
• They trap CO2: The UK government acknowledges this fact through its use of forestry carbon sequestration in its national carbon accounting. CO2 reduction and capture practiced anywhere produces global benefit.
• Trees improve air quality: woodlands clean the air by trapping harmful dust particles and absorbing gases like sulphur dioxide and ozone. There is scientific evidence to show that pollution ‘absorbed’ by trees in this way is considerable.
• They regulate water quality and supply: Woodlands can reduce soil erosion, stabilise riverbanks and reduce pollution in run-off. In hot climate cities trees growing near buildings save energy by reducing the need for air conditioners.
These benefits were valued at around £1 billion per annum for the UK as a whole by economists using a ‘willingness to pay’ model in a 2003 report for the Forestry Commission.