World Land Trust (WLT) has been approved for the Silver standard of the Suffolk Carbon Charter, in recognition of progress made to reduce the Trust’s unavoidable carbon emissions.
WLT received approval in March following an assessment in October 2014. The assessment was based on a comparison of two carbon footprints. The Silver standard reflects WLT’s steps taken to significantly reduce carbon emissions.
This is due to a substantial decrease in printing and air travel, with a conscious effort to make better use of journeys by combining trips and conducting overseas meetings virtually, via Skype or phone.
“It is clear that World Land Trust’s environmental commitment is a coherent thread running through the organisation,” noted the assessment.
WLT is committed to reducing its environmental impacts and will be monitoring its performance to continue to minimise the overall carbon footprint. In due course it might be possible for the Trust to attain the Suffolk Carbon Charter Gold level.
John Burton, WLT Chief Executive, spoke about the achievement: “WLT is often asked about its own carbon reduction measures and this award demonstrates that we are practising what we preach.”
WLT has emissions offsetting programmes for both individuals and companies.
The Trust’s Carbon Balanced programme, for example, offers companies and individuals the chance to offset unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions through the protection and restoration of important wildlife habitat in the tropics.
Individual visitors to WLT’s website can use a carbon calculator to calculate donations to offset carbon emissions created by travel and domestic activities. Donations made through the carbon calculator go to a forest conservation programme in Nangaritza, Ecuador.
Businesses interested in becoming Carbon Balanced can either fill in a carbon audit form or email the Ecosystem Services team: firstname.lastname@example.org