Allstar have partnered with Forest Carbon to help your business take steps towards doing something about your vehicles’ CO2 emissions.
For a small cost per vehicle per month for 100% CO2 capture you will provide the means to plant new woodlands and forests that are quality assured under world leading carbon project certification standards. Wherever the forests are, and whichever standard is used, the certification and planting status of each project is publicly verifiable via the Markit Environmental Registry.
Over time the new forests you help to create will not only capture a vehicle’s CO2; they can also reduce flooding, provide habitats for nature and offer livelihoods for people.
Why choose to mitigate your carbon emissions through Allstar?
- Reduce Admin – Allstar consolidated invoice
- Support - Working out the exact amount of CO2 your vehicles are producing can be a very complex process, but with the Allstar Ecopoint scheme, we take care of this worry for you
- Simplicity – it’s all taken care of; the cost will just be added to your Allstar invoice
- Scale – no customer is too small, and we can also cater for larger companies with client-specific projects
- Expertise - our partner in this programme – Forest Carbon – is the UK’s leading developer of certified carbon woodland creation projects and have so far planted in excess of six million trees, around the UK and beyond, for corporate partners, in over 130 new woodlands. Forest Carbon has been operating for over 10 years and is the UK’s leading organisation of its type.
How does EcoPoint work?
Forest Carbon uses contributions from all EcoPoint members to invest in forest creation programmes around the world. From January 2015 until June 2016 this was exclusively UK based projects, and EcoPoint was so successful that the decision was taken in July 2016 to expand the programme to projects outside the UK. By the end of 2017 EcoPoint will have been responsible for the creation of over 50 new UK woodlands, and so, having reached this significant landmark Allstar has decided to switch the funding in its entirety to non-UK projects from 2018 onwards – bringing the benefits of forest creation to communities in less developed nations.
What is Carbon 'Offsetting'?
Carbon 'offsetting' is the means in which an individual or business invests back in to the environment to counteract their unavoidable CO2 emissions.
This can be done through the purchasing of carbon credits that arise from carbon capture or carbon reduction projects - such as woodland creation - and this enables businesses to compensate for their emissions and meet their carbon reduction goals. A successful carbon offsetting program has many benefits - increased staff and stakeholder engagement, improved customer loyalty and an increased awareness within the business of the need to reduce its environmental impacts - plus it helps differentiate a business from its competition.
Although called ‘carbon offsetting’ the term actually refers to the reduction of any greenhouses gas, not only CO2. The greenhouse gases that various different types of carbon offset programs will help combat are carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, sulfur hexafluoride and ozone gases. The term used is carbon offsetting because all of the other gases are measured in terms of their carbon dioxide equivalence, making it easier to compare the impacts of different types of greenhouse gas emissions reduction projects.
How you can deal with your carbon emissions…
Many businesses are looking at ways in which they can help to reduce their impact on the environment through reducing their carbon emissions, and small changes such as reducing waste and energy use can help save business money as well as making a positive impact on the environment.
However successful this type of activity is in reducing a business's carbon footprint, there will still be unavoidable emissions. This is where carbon offsetting comes in - funding carbon emissions reduction projects elsewhere in recognition of the emissions a business is unable to reduce.
One of the best ways to capture unwanted carbon emissions is through woodland carbon capture – trees actually breathe in CO2 and turn it into wood – creating new woodlands which not only sequester unwanted CO2 but also:
- provide natural habitat for a range of wildlife and plants
- enhance a landscape
- generate employment opportunities
- regulate water quality and supply: woodlands can reduce soil erosion, stabilise riverbanks, reduce pollution in run-off and reduce peak flow in rivers ( and therefore help reduce flooding)
How woodland carbon projects are quality assured
It is important that investors in carbon reduction projects can be sure of their quality – that’s where the carbon project certification comes in. In the UK we have the Woodland Carbon Code (WCC)for example, which was developed by the UK Forestry Commission on behalf of the government. The Code means new woodland projects are independently audited to ISO standards, and is the only government supported means of mitigating your carbon footprint though emissions reduction projects in the UK. For projects outside the UK there is the Gold Standard (GS) or the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) – two of the world’ leading international voluntary carbon standards.
Whichever certification standard is used projects will meet the same principles, demonstrating:
- that the forest would not have been planted without the availability of carbon funding
- that the carbon capture estimates for the project are scientifically sound and conservative
- that the forest is protected
- that the right trees have been planted, in the right way
- that the project will be monitored.
Carbon credits issued under WCC, GS and VCS are all registered on Markit – the world’s leading environmental credit registry and home to all of the major carbon project quality assurance standards globally. The registry offers transparency on project certification status.