Five hundred more trees will be planted in the UK and renewable energy projects supported in 2022, preventing hundreds of tonnes of carbon emissions.
150 extra trees for communities and schools in 2020, the creation of 2,023 square metres of new UK woodland in 2021 and 50 new fruit trees in Stoke-on-Trent communities have all been supported by Water Plus, ahead of the latest action to increase green canopy across the UK.
The extra trees in 2022 are part of the Green Apple Environment Award winner’s Cleaner Climate Promise, with action including the company recognising, each year, organisations looking to reduce their impact on the environment and the amount of carbon released and created.
In the last year, peatland restoration in the UK was also supported by Water Plus, which will prevent 400 tonnes of greenhouse gases being released, helping the UK towards its Net Zero target.
Each of the 500 additional trees being planted are “buddied” with hydro power and solar panel farms - with verification on the carbon emissions prevented by the renewable energy projects through UK-based Carbon Footprint Ltd**.
Tree planting underway in 2022, with two schools being the
first to receive saplings, along with water efficiency advice.
Barry McGovaney, Sustainability Lead and Innovation and Technology Manager at Water Plus, said: “Our Cleaner Climate Promise sees us increasing our focus to reduce emissions and cut carbon impacts we can all have each year - from now to the end of 2025 – supporting the UK’s mission to Net Zero and beyond, alongside the wider water industry Net Zero by 2030 commitment. The 500 extra trees in the UK is just one part of doing more for the planet from this year onwards.
“The projects being supported this year prevent CO2 emissions from being caused today, decarbonising the electrical grid and helping the planet, under our approach for the Cleaner Climate Promise. Alongside the support for the projects, Water Plus is boosting UK tree-planting, as an investment in the future, not only increasing carbon sequestration in years to come, but also improving air quality and natural habitats for wildlife.”
Under the Cleaner Climate Promise, the water retailer will support projects each year that help the planet, such as removing carbon or preventing its release - or other innovative approaches to reduce impacts on natural resources.
The 500 trees will be planted in England and Scotland, with some already going into the ground in communities this year. Two schools have already received and planted trees in 2022, along with information and guidance to help increase water efficiency at their locations.
Carbon Footprint Ltd are retiring Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) credits for 500 tonnes of CO2e, which have been prevented through Water Plus’s support of the renewable energy projects, in recognition of emissions linked to the water retailer. The VCS credits, that Carbon Footprint Ltd can provide, meet requirements under the BSi's PAS 2060 guidance on carbon neutrality.
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**The 500 tonnes of CO2e have already been prevented by Water Plus supporting the renewable energy projects.
Carbon Footprint provide a range of services including verified carbon prevention and capture projects businesses and organisations can choose to support.