Bilfinger GVA is the UK’s leading real estate advisory business providing a range of commercial property advice and services to clients in the private and public sectors. Chris Whetstone, Corporate Responsibility Manager, tells us about their involvement with the Woodland Carbon Code.
Bilfinger GVA has been working with the Woodland Trust since 2014, to compensate over time for carbon dioxide emissions produced as part of its daily business operations. The company buys carbon equivalent to 2,000 tonnes of CO2 every year that it cannot reduce from its office energy use. Over the course of the last two years its contributions have led to thousands of native trees being planted across the country. From 2016 Bilfinger GVA will be increasing the scope of its mitigation project to include emissions from business car mileage.
The WCC project at Warcop, Cumbria in 2011. Photo: Woodland Trust
To date Bilfinger GVA has funded the planting of trees at Warcop, a site in Cumbria which is used by the military to train soldiers. The site is home to a rare colony of dormice so not only is Bilfinger GVA’s support boosting the environment it is also helping to preserve wildlife!
Soldiers training in the new woodland at Warcop, Cumbria. Photo: Woodland Trust
The Woodland Carbon Code gives us the opportunity to give something back to the environment. The scheme enables us to mitigate our operational CO2 footprint through a recognised program of creating and developing our national woodlands.
The benefits to Bilfinger GVA include:
- Strengthening our existing environmental stewardship program
- Through tree planting days, developing staff awareness of our impacts on the environment as well as how we can be a positive influence.
- Developing stronger environmental awareness message to our value chain.