New woodland to offset conference centre's carbon

EICC's Reynaldo Guino-o at the Corehead site - image:EICC
EICC's Reynaldo Guino-o at the Corehead site - image:EICC
A new 150-hectare native broadleaf woodland will be created in Scotland's Southern Uplands in order to offset the carbon emissions of the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC).

The deal has been brokered with Forest Carbon which implements UK woodland carbon capture projects, and will be implemented by the Borders Forest Trust, which will plant over 200,000 trees at the Corehead site near Moffat in Dumfries & Galloway.

The woodland will be protected in perpetuity and open to the public. It has been accredited under the UK Woodland Carbon Code, with the credits  listed on the Markit Woodland Carbon Registry to ensure transparency.

Users of the conference centre will also be given an estimate of their event’s carbon footprint based on travel, on-site energy consumption and catering, and will be offered additional woodland credits to offset the emissions from these.

EICC head of sustainability Reynaldo Guino-o said: "We and those organizations that use our facilities bring an unavoidable carbon footprint through international air travel, air conditioning, lighting and catering. I am pleased that as a significant Edinburgh landmark, EICC can now also support an important environmental landmark for Scotland’s countryside."

Between 2008 and 2012, Forest Carbon projects accounted for over 5 per cent of all woodland creation in Scotland.

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