Allstar's EcoPoint Programme - turning business’ unavoidable CO2 emissions from fuel into new woodlands.
As more and more businesses become aware of the need to reduce CO2 emissions they are faced with the complexity of calculating their emissions, and cutting them where possible, and then knowing what to do about the balance. Vehicle emissions are a particular problem across the UK – accounting for 19% of the country’s total carbon footprint in 2012.
Allstar and Forest Carbon have partnered to create EcoPoint to make it simple for holders of Allstar fuel cards to contribute to balancing the consequences of their journeys in new certified carbon projects - UK woodlands and global forests.
Over time these new woodlands will not only capture a vehicle’s carbon dioxide, or avoid equivalent emissions from burning fossil fuels, they will also help to reduce flooding, provide habitats for nature, capture other atmospheric pollutants, purify rivers, and offer recreational space and employment opportunities.
How does it work?
It couldn’t be simpler. Allstar collects EcoPoint subscriptions from member companies, as part of their invoicing process, and uses the funds to support woodland creation around the UK and forest creation and protection outside the UK. The new UK woodlands are quality assured by the government’s Woodland Carbon Code. Projects outside the UK are certified under one of the leading carbon standards used in the international voluntary carbon market - Verra, Gold Standard or Plan Vivo Carbon credits from these projects are listed on the relevant registries: IHS Markit for the Woodland Carbon Code and Plan Vivo, Verra and Gold Standard registries for their own projects and credits.
Members are also provided with an annual e-certificate to show how many trees have been planted for them and how much carbon dioxide they are expected to capture.
What has EcoPoint achieved to date?
Below are the figures up to June 2021, and you can read more about EcoPoint projects here.