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Grown in Britain and the Woodland Carbon Code

The Woodland Carbon Code is helping to achieve the aims of Grown In Britain, which are to:

  1. create a new and stronger market pull for the products derived from Britain’s woods and forests;
  2. develop private-sector funding which supports the planting and management of woodland and forests through funding from corporates as part of their corporate social responsibility; and
  3. connect and harness the positive energy and feelings towards our woods and forests which many in our society share to create a strong wood culture - a wood culture which captures personal health and fitness, well-being and community, and which encourages the use of more wood and forest products.

Specific ways in which the Code is helping to achieve these aims include:

  • promoting better-managed woodlands - all WCC-validated woodlands have plans setting out their forest management objectives, must be managed to the high standards set out in the UK Forestry Standard, and will be monitored at least every 10 years;
  • creating a market pull for products (both carbon and timber) by putting in place the ‘building blocks’ of a market for carbon from UK woodland projects;
  • providing a mechanism to enable businesses to purchase carbon units from quality UK woodland projects which not only offer carbon benefits, but also many social and environmental benefits; and
  • helping businesses to meet their Corporate Social Responsibility reporting needs. 26 businesses have already purchased more than 400,000 units from validated projects. Check out the WCC records on the Markit Environmental Registry (see ‘public view’ and scroll down).

The validated projects cover different types of woodland, including a significant proportion of native woodlands as well as woodlands which balance the retention of carbon (and sales of woodland carbon) with sales of timber.

Defra’s Environmental Reporting guidelines explain how projects can use verified (i.e. already-sequestered) British Woodland Carbon Units in setting out their net GHG emissions.

Meanwhile,

  • the number of projects and units validated is steadily increasing;
  • almost 1 million tonnes of CO2 to be sequestered by WCC woodlands have now been validated, and more than 5 million tonnes have been registered (notified intention to seek validation) with the WCC; and
  • the latest WCC quarterly statistics are available in the Statistics pages of the Forestry Commission website.

Grown in Britain and the Woodland Carbon Code highlight an excellent opportunity to ‘Buy British’ woodland carbon to help compensate for your unavoidable emissions!

Find out more about Grown in Britain at http://www.growninbritain.org/.