As part of our sustainability journey, we’re investing in eight projects that remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere or avoid further emissions. CO2 is one of several harmful greenhouse gases.
We’re supporting work on forest creation and protection, solar power, peatland restoration and energy efficient cookstoves.
From 2021 onwards, we’ll be offsetting carbon emissions from our supply chain and operations. We’ve committed to a one third reduction of our carbon emissions by 2030.
Tree planting and protection
Several of the projects we’ve invested in involve planting and protecting trees, which absorb and store carbon. One project, provided by Carbon Footprint Ltd, organises the planting of trees in parks, farms and woodlands in the UK and also contributes to the protection and conservation of the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil.
The Amazon holds more than 40,000 plant species and more than 5,500 species of animals, from toucans to jaguars, boa constrictors to stingrays.
The second Carbon Footprint Ltd project works to legally protect the Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary (KSWS) in Cambodia. The forest is home to more than 350 bird species and 75 threatened animal species, including Asian elephants.
The project also strives to conserve the culture and traditions of indigenous and local communities living within the protected forest area, which is estimated to store the equivalent of more than 75 million tonnes of CO2.
Nicaragua’s biggest reforestation programme, known as Communitree and provided by C-Level, is another of our choices. This project is designed to help farmers understand that there is more benefit from protecting trees than in removing them.