Carbon offset partnerships
The Scottish Government declared a climate emergency in April 2019, and has committed to an ambitious programme of emissions reduction measures and carbon capture projects to reach ‘net zero’ by 2045.
As Scotland's largest land manager, FLS are privileged to partner with organisations looking to invest in creating new woodlands and restoring peatlands in Scotland – our nature-based solutions for capturing carbon.
Carbon is absorbed from the atmosphere by trees as they grow. Degraded and eroding peatland releases carbon into the atmosphere, but once fully restored, naturally functions as a carbon sink.
All our projects are verified to the Woodland Carbon Code and Peatland Code standards to independently quantify and monitor the carbon benefits of woodland creation and peatland restoration over time.
But FLS carbon projects also bring all sorts of other ecosystem benefits – whether it’s restoring habitats for wildlife, creating places for people to enjoy, improving water quality or providing sources of environmentally-friendly construction materials.
Corporate partnerships will play an important part of Forestry and Land Scotland’s future, bringing together public and private sectors to tackle the climate emergency side by side. Our first partnership, launched in 2019, will see a £5 million investment in creating new native woodlands and restoring degraded peatlands over 5 years, starting with a project to re-establish Caledonian pine forests over hundreds of hectares across Glen Garry in the west Highlands.
Would you like to offset your organisation’s unavoidable emissions? Maybe you want to create a new native woodland, invest in restoring Scotland’s iconic landscapes, or establish a portfolio of diverse projects that will capture carbon for decades to come? Or maybe you have an idea of your own?
We're looking forward to hearing from any organisation who wants to do their bit for our climate and is committed to working towards science based ‘net zero’ targets.