Tackling climate change: professional help is key to unlocking your carbon potential

It’s been a fortnight since world leaders met at COP26 in Glasgow to discuss global action on climate change.

The summit presented delegates with a fascinating, if terrifying, picture of the issues before us, but the big question is whether the message about Climate Change got through to the right people?

I was fortunate enough to attend COP26 and came home from my day at the conference considering the mammoth task before us. It is not going to be easy but I, like many people, look to the next generation, in my case my small children, and my focus is on “what can I do?”.

I think the important message is never to think “I have done enough”, we must all do everything that we can.

The UK is a world leader in many sectors, and the improvements we make in technologies and processes ripple through to other countries at an incredible rate. In short, what we do, matters!

As a Land Manager predominately covering Scotland, what is it that I can do? If I have learned anything in my last 20 years in this industry, it’s that changes, even small ones, can have a significant impact.

I am in an incredibly lucky position that I regularly contribute to projects which directly help clients reach their Net Zero targets. The work Bell Ingram does in conjunction with renewable schemes makes a real contribution to the ambitious government targets which in turn will make a difference the world over.

However, it is also the work we do with our private clients which is really lighting my ‘non-carbon’ fire. Landowners have a great opportunity to lead change, but planning their next move is crucial, and Bell Ingram can help with that.

The Carbon Credit market is developing as we speak, and here at Bell Ingram we are keeping a keen eye on developments and ensuring that our team is getting the best training and updates available. This means we are able to advise you how to balance the risk versus the significant opportunities available.

One of the key opportunities we have across the UK is the restoration of peatland. In Scotland, peat soils are said to cover more than 20% of the country and store around 16,000 million tonnes of carbon. The frightening part of this is that over 80% of our peatlands are thought to be degraded.  Leaving them degraded will cause damage to the atmosphere itself.  Restoring these peatlands to their full potential will have significant positive impacts ensuring that we are removing damaging Greenhouse Gases from the atmosphere.

By accessing the Scotland Peatland Action Fund, managed by NatureScot, you are able to tap into a two-stage form of funding. Firstly, funded feasibility studies could be an option for your property? Secondly, 100% of the cost of restoration is available, but watch closely as there are tripping hazards.

There are key elements which you also need to consider, specifically not only having control of the land for a significant enough period of time, but also taking the correct steps in the correct order. The all-important planning of works in order to unlock that grant is significant.

Having professional assistance is the key to unlocking the value and increasing the carbon store potential of your property.

Amy Clark Kennedy

Senior Associate
Utilities & Renewables
Tel: 01292 886 544

Article posted on 26/11/2021

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