Carbon Club launched by Tweed Forum

The Tweed Forum has launched a new carbon-offset scheme for people looking for ways to balance out their carbon footprint.

By Ian Smith
Thursday, 06 June, 2019, 09:52
Luke Comins of the Tweed Forum and James Hepburne Scott from Forest Carbon.

Working in conjunction with Forest Carbon, the new Tweed Forum Carbon Club sets out a series of likely carbon emission levels for various business and household sizes and allows them to make a donation towards the creation of new woodlands in the Scottish Borders and north Northumberland.

As well as absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and offsetting the donor’s everyday carbon emissions, the newly planted trees also enhance the biodiversity, water quality and beauty of the countryside.

Average carbon footprints have been calculated for individuals, couples and families based on a number of factors including miles driven and holidays taken, plus central heating usage, clothing and entertainment spend.

For small businesses, calculations have been estimated on the basis of employee numbers, company mileage and business expenditure.

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Individuals or businesses can also make a one-off donation and those who know how much carbon they use are also able to offset an exact amount. Larger businesses can also get in touch with Tweed Forum to discuss tailored carbon offset plans for their organisations.

The calculations use a recognised system of carbon credits, with one credit purchased representing one tonne of atmospheric carbon dioxide captured and enabling the planting of four trees.

Luke Comins, director, Tweed Forum said; “Climate change is a huge issue that we all need to play a part in addressing. There are many practical things we can do to reduce our carbon footprint, but all of us will still be responsible for the emission of some carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Our Tweed Forum Carbon Club provides a simple way to help to neutralise the impact that each of us has on the planet through an easily-accessible tree-planting scheme.”