Trees for Life works with corporate partners to offset carbon in two ways: through accredited offsetting (governed by the Woodland Carbon Code) and through tree planting (which is unaccredited). In both instances, our carbon offsetting partners are helping to restore and sustain a wild forest of global significance.
Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are a major contributor to climate change. When fossil fuels are burned, carbon that has been locked away for millions of years is released into the air, causing the Earth's temperature to rise.
Since trees have a vital role in the balancing of CO2 and oxygen levels, widespread deforestation across the world has also had a negative impact by releasing more CO2 into the atmosphere.
Here are two ways you can help the planet:
Our accredited carbon offsetting site is located at our conservation estate, Dundreggan, and has the capacity to offset 41,300 tonnes of CO2. This carefully planted site - containing over 250,000 new native trees which have been planted by 530 passionate volunteers - is validated and verified under the Woodland Carbon Code, the gold-standard for woodland carbon sequestration. We are currently offering 'Pending Issuance Units' at £10/tonne.
Offsetting through the Woodland Carbon Code is the best way to sequester carbon in an accredited way, but many of our partners prefer to take more direct action to mitigate their carbon impact. Planting trees in the wild Scottish Highlands is a great way to do this.
We have calculated that six mature trees will sequester one tonne of CO2. This scheme is not accredited under the Woodland Carbon Code, but is a great way for small and medium sized businesses to address their carbon surpluses and make a difference to wild nature.
To calculate the number of trees you need to plant to mitigate your carbon impact, simply take your total tonnage and multiply by six. Your trees will be planted in a corporate grove.
Here are just a few of the free, online tools which can help you to calculate your carbon emissions.
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