To undertake our conservation works across vast, open landscapes, helicopter flights and regular vehicle travel is inevitable. But, as part of our multi-million pound MoorLIFE 2020 project, we’re monitoring our carbon emissions with a pioneering carbon audit, to gather evidence of the extent to which we’re helping to capture carbon over how much we're emitting.
We undertook a similar review back in 2015 following our original MoorLIFE project; an innovation at the time as it was the first audit of its kind to be undertaken, monitoring carbon emissions on peatland restoration. The audit calculated that the CO2 emissions produced by the work, to protect 2,500 hectares of Peak District and South Pennine moorland, were 37 times less than the amount of CO2 emissions that were lost annually from the areas of bare peat.
Building on the original carbon audit, this time around, the analysis is a lot more thorough, as we work to include data on annual carbon emissions from staff commutes, electricity usage in the office and conservation works including helicopter flights across four of our partner organisations. Other greenhouse gases such as methane are included, by being converted into their ‘carbon equivalent’ (CO2e). This ensures that all relevant greenhouse gas emissions have been taken into account.