carbon capture and our journey to net-zero

Benjamin Burrows

Managing Director

carbon capture and our journey to net-zero

As members of the Woodland Trust’s Carbon Capture® scheme since 2014, we’re always keen to share news about the programme’s impact. We also want our customers to benefit from its positive message of sustainable printing.


Our recent Earth Day blog post sparked considerable interest from customers wanting to find out more about incorporating the Woodland Trust’s Carbon Capture paper logo onto their printed materials. Some had been wrestling with the challenge that printing versus electronic communications sometimes feels like it needs justification. Others had close links with the environment or were looking to boost their sustainability credentials.

Woodland Trust Carbon Capture logo

In every case, the Carbon Capture logo was seen as a simple and effective way to say something positive about their brand and to celebrate the enduring impact of print.

Imagine our delight when last week, our friends at Premier Paper – whose paper products directly support the Woodland Trust scheme – dropped in a customised copy of the Carbon Capture 2021 Impact Report.

Carbon Capture impact

The report celebrates the incredible success of the Carbon Capture scheme to date, acknowledging the contribution that Holywell Press has had. So far, the programme’s sustainably-minded supporters have helped to:

– raise over £1.37m for the Woodland Trust

– plant more than 354,000 trees, and

– capture over 82,000 tonnes of CO2.

The Carbon Capture programme allows organisations to mitigate the CO2 emissions generated by the production, storage, and distribution of the products purchased. A Carbon Capture levy is added to the cost of each tonne of paper purchased. This is passed directly to the Woodland Trust to fund woodland conservation and the planting of trees, which can absorb carbon that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere.

The scheme also gives companies an opportunity to demonstrate their sustainable development goals. Premier Paper and the Woodland Trust organise regular volunteer days across the UK at which over 35,000 trees have been planted. They have also assisted in restoration projects, aiming to protect and restore the UK’s precious ancient woodland.

Supporting UK Net-Zero by 2050

As part of the UK’s Net-Zero strategy, the Committee for Climate Change (CCC) recommends the planting of 30,000 hectares per year from 2024. That’s a whopping 1.5 billion more trees by 2050!

This would increase UK woodland cover from its current level of 13% land use to around 17%.

The Woodland Trust is calling for the UK government to go even further and wants to see woodland cover reach 19%. However, this goal is a big stretch. In 2020 the UK’s woodland creation figure totalled just 13,600 hectares. All the more reason to get on board with the Carbon Capture scheme and support the Trust’s ambitions to create, protect, and restore UK woodland.

Carbon Capture 2021 Impact Report   Download your copy of the 2021 Impact Report.

Have a question about how you can make a positive difference with The Woodland Trust’s Carbon Capture scheme? Get in touch on 01865 242098 or contact us using the button below.

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