FAQ

This page contains a list of our most frequently asked questions.

If your question is not answered here, please contact us directly and we'll be happy to help.

How does it work?

No business can operate without causing CO2 emissions. The ever mounting pressure to reduce them and avoid them is useful anyway - for instance green technology means lower energy bills. But whatever you do there will always be residual emissions, and that's where we come in.   We’ll organise for you to plant enough native British trees to soak up all that leftover CO2, and we’ll plant them to a very high standard - here in the UK, where you and your customers can see them.  What you'd be doing is not only good for the planet but it improves the image of your business. Your name is on the gate and you can go there and take photos with your staff.

How much does it cost?

Prices vary woodland by woodland and by project size and location, but the current cost of planting a carbon-sinking woodland is often far less than clients expect.  Your carbon output may be lower than you realize (and we can help you measure your footprint if this hasn’t been done already).  Also, we are usually able to leverage your investment through Forestry Commission support for new woodland creation.

How long does it take?

Completion can take anything from one day to one year – it depends on the type of scheme required.

There is a quick option, designed for smaller businesses, where anything from 1 tonne to 1,000 tonnes of CO2 capture can be purchased immediately from one of our Forest Carbon woodland banks in Aberdeenshire, Dumfries & Galloway  or Northants. This option offers flexibility: e.g. one of our clients with a small carbon footprint planted trees to mitigate their ongoing emissions (and also those caused by their operation over the past ten years). Another client, e-commerce firm greenedHouse, buys as-and-when credits to cover the emissions from manufacture and transport of all the products it sells online.

Those with demand over 1,000 tonnes/annum generally opt for an exclusive woodland with their sign on the gate. The process can be slow – with planning, consultation, preparation and planting season restrictions it’s usually between three and six months before planting can commence. Our extensive network of contacts allows us to keep acquiring a good stock of potential projects which we get on with scrutinizing and preparing in the meantime.

If you have emissions of only 500 tonnes per year but would prefer one of these bespoke projects, we can roll up two or more years into one scheme. Adding past and future emissions mitigation to your account sends a very strong message to your customers about your CSR commitment.

When do I pay?

In order that the landowner has the necessary confidence to go ahead and commit time, land and money to the planting we would ask for payment from you once the contract is signed. Payment to the landowner goes ahead only once we are sure that the woodland has been planted to the necessary standard.

How do our stakeholders see what we've done?

You will be kept up to date on the progress of your project and when the planting is complete we’ll let you know and send you photos. You are welcome to visit your site any time for general interest or publicity purposes.  

We will also create a page on our website with photos and the details of your scheme including its location – you can link to that page from your own site and direct your customers there to demonstrate what you have done.

How do I measure my carbon footprint?

Your cheapest and easiest way might be to use the conversion tables available from the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC). With the figures from your energy bills and journeys taken by planes, trains and automobiles and other data you’ll be able to come up with a fairly sound estimate, and at no cost. We can send you these tables, and show you how to use them. 

If you want to go further – for instance if you wanted to measure the CO2 embedded in your office building – then you would need the services of a consultant.  

Once it’s done the important thing is to make sure you are specific and clear with other people about which aspects of your operation, and what proportion of their environmental impact, your carbon capturing scheme mitigates.

Carbon capture is complicated - how do I get it across to my stakeholders?

Forest Carbon will help you develop your messages so everyone understands the principles and processes involved when you present them internally, or publicly, through press releases, website and other presentations.  We will also be on hand to help you make sure you are meeting the requirements of government guidance for this type of scheme.

I like the idea of woodland carbon capture but I'm not sure how to relate it to my business.

Most clients come to us with a clear idea of what they want to do – to capture CO2 equivalent to the emissions caused by their home delivery lorries, or to plant one live tree for every artificial one they sell at Christmas. Others ask for help in developing their carbon capture programme and message.

You can relate carbon capture to any single element of your business, e.g, back office activity, your product (or aspects of it) or your entire operation. You can mitigate your greenhouse gas activity for one year only or much longer.  We have clients who capture the vehicle emissions from their limousine service (and the past ten years’ worth as well); another – a printing business – plants a tree for every order they fulfill.  We have schemes that relate to bus routes, office operations, insurance policy-holders’ annual emissions – and more.

In some cases clients like to start off small and then grow – sometimes rapidly:  one example of this is fuel distributor BWOC.  BWOC began by capturing ten per cent of every fuel card’s CO2 – a free service to their fuel card customers. Next, having seen the positive response from this action, they decided to extend this bonus to all of their customers. Committed to the idea of leaving the world in better shape than they found it, BWOC are now pleased to be creating new woodlands at more than double the rate they had originally planned.

We know that no two businesses are the same and we take great care to see that our tree-planting partners get the scheme that pleases and suits them best.