Lancashire Wildlife Trust
For a decade, EcoSpeed had a successful partnership with the Lancashire Wildlife Trust, regularly donating 10% of all our profits towards their fantastic work. By the end of 2021, we reached a donation milestone of £300,000, a huge achievement that helped us take strides toward our long-term goal of being a carbon neutral courier.
What is the Lancashire Wildlife Trust?
The Lancashire Wildlife Trust is one of the 46 local trusts in the UK that take care of more than 2000 nature reserves.
The Lancashire trust was established in 1962 with the aim of protecting local wildlife, something it has continuously worked towards in the decades since.
A part of the trusts work sees them purchase degraded land, and restore it to operate as a nature reserve, attracting many species of animal and plant.
Natural Carbon Capture Scheme
EcoSpeed’s partnership with the Lancashire Wildlife Trust began through their Natural Carbon Capture Scheme, something we’ve been a part of since our establishment in 2011.
The scheme is open to business who are looking to offset their carbon emissions, inviting them to make regular donations that will contribute towards the restoration of peatland habitats with the potential to naturally absorb large amounts of carbon.
Many years of peat extraction and development has led to these habitats lying in ruin, leaking carbon into the atmosphere.
The carbon capture scheme aims to restore and re-wet these habitats, enabling them to once again absorb carbon.
Why did EcoSpeed choose the Lancashire Wildlife Trust?
EcoSpeed wants to take environmental responsibility for the unfortunate carbon emissions we produce through our line of work.
The best way for a business to do this is by offsetting carbon emissions. This is something that can be done with many schemes around the world offering solutions.
EcoSpeed director Jay Knight explains why we opted to join the Trust’s scheme: “We wanted our business to have a USP and had looked into other carbon offsetting schemes, but most of the options were for offshore schemes in other parts of the world and we wanted something more local.”
To be more precise, the money we donated went directly to the purchase and restoration of local nature reserves, peat bogs and mosslands such as those around Chat Moss, on the border of Manchester and Warrington. This area is the North West’s equivalent of a rainforest but has been historically destroyed by peat extraction for the cultivation industry. In the North West there are 840 hectares of mosslands that can be restored as carbon sinks, with the potential to absorb the carbon footprints of 25,657 people. From the start of our partnership to the end of 2021, EcoSpeed’s contributions have helped restore mossland habitats in Manchester with a carbon absorption value of 1827 tonnes of carbon, no mean feat and something we are immensely proud of.
Our whole approach to business takes into account the environment at every step of the way, from using recycled paper and green ink for any of our printing, to reducing our energy bills within our office space. Documentation is e-mailed rather than sent by post where possible. This not only helps to save on paper and ink but also helps avoid unnecessary transportation throughout the UK postal system, which has a huge carbon footprint.
Every day we make further steps towards our goal of being 100% carbon neutral so by choosing us as your preferred carrier you can be sure that you are reducing your own carbon footprint, reducing climate change and creating a positive legacy for the area and the communities in which we live and work. To find out more about local conservation projects and nature reserves please visit: www.lancswt.org.uk.
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