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.

A previous blog post we published on Earth Day 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 were wrestling with the feeling that they needed to justify printing versus electronic communications. Others had close links with the environment or sought to boost their sustainability credentials.

Woodland Trust Carbon Capture logo

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

Premier Paper is the UK's largest independent paper merchant and their paper products directly support the Woodland Trust scheme. Every year they publish an Impact Report to celebrate the incredible success of the Carbon Capture scheme.

carbon capture's impact

Collectively, between 2014 and 2022, the use of Carbon Captured paper by sustainably-minded customers has helped to:

– raise £1.57m for the Woodland Trust

– plant 424,638 trees, and

– capture 96,177 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 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.

2022 Carbon Capture Impact Report   Download your copy of the 2022 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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