OF&G certification now offers a scheme to verify the climatic benefits of peatland restoration.
OF&G has joined forces with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on the UK Peatland Programme which is designed to enable the protection and improvement of UK peatland and its ecology.
Working with certification partners Acoura, OF&G have developed the Peatland Code - a voluntary standard which helps UK peatland restoration projects attract private finance.
The Code works to protect the country’s 2.7m ha of peatlands, which store over three billion tonnes of carbon - the same amount stored in the forests of the UK, France and Germany combined - in the form of peat soil.
When the surface of peatland is damaged, either through draining, livestock grazing or peat mining, it can release carbon in the form of greenhouse gases until steps are taken to restore the land.
While 80% of the UK’s peatland is currently damaged, peatland restoration can save between two and 19 tonnes of carbon per hectare per year, which is where the Code will help.
Agri-environment schemes and grant-aided projects go some way to funding restoration, but many projects require private investment via the UK’s voluntary carbon market.
OF&G can provide independent certification to Peatland Code projects, giving guarantees to these private investors that they are providing climate change benefits.
To find out more please contact OF&G at 01939 291800 or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org