Forestry Commission logo
Woodland Carbon Code banner

4. Environmental Quality

Ensuring no harm is done - Environmental Impact Assessment

In order to show that the creation of a WCC project 'does no harm', all projects should be able to show that any environmental impacts on the land area concerned are likely to be positive.  An Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Statement (where required) will usually cover all issues associated with environmental integrity.

If no Environmental Impact Assessment is required due to scale or nature of project and site, projects should demonstrate in their PDD:

  • Any likely environmental impacts
  • Any rare or endangered species in the project area and how these are taken into account in the project design
  • Any statutory designations in the project area and how these are taken into account in the project design
  • The design has given due regard to the visual, cultural value and character of the local environment

A useful map-based tool to find designated areas or features on or near the project site is the Land Information Search for GB. 

Managing for positive environmental outcomes

In order to show that the projects is managed with the best possible outcomes for the environment, the project design shall incorporate the environmental aspects of sustainable forest management as set out in the UK Forestry Standard and supporting Guidelines for Climate Change, Soil, Water, Biodiversity, Landscape and Historic Environment.  These standards shall be maintained throughout the duration of the project.

Monitoring and making statements about the environmental benefit of a WCC project

We are developing tools to help projects consistently describe the wider social and environmental benefits of their project.  A basic version of this tool is available from the Grown in Britain website.  Project developers are encouraged to use these tools as a way of consistently describing the co-benefits of WCC projects.

Future Developments

We will publish a more thorough version of this tool later in 2014.

Last updated: 11th August 2015