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We can tell you everything you need to know about carbon offsetting
Our site samples are evaluated by an independent organisation called Rothamsted Research, a 200 year old soil and plant research institute. These figures will be reported on our website using blockchain (untampered). All our sites are local to Aberdeen and visitable upon request, which means the proof is in the pudding! We are committed and expert in habitat creation.
Each one of our sites has made a legally binding commitment to maintain the designated carbon offsetting land use for a minimum of 30 years. Furthermore, we have associated our practices with historically unchanging lands, such as estates. The small visual alteration to the landscape and general increased attractiveness, as well as the valuable ecosystem services offered by our land conversions increase the long-term appeal of this land use.
A baseline scenario and yearly evaluations of soil organic carbon are taken at all our sites. A large number of soil cores from across each site are evaluated for carbon content, by the highly reputable Rothamsted Research institute. The values determined from the samples are used, with cautionary principles applied, to estimate individual site values. These are compared to the baseline scenario and other previous site values to determine carbon storage.
Our accredited system allocates an area on one of our sites for a duration which is calculated to cover the offsetting requirements of a business and maps will be published every year of our sites and allocated areas.
We recognize the importance of showing positive action for the environment and the future. We certify our customers with a badge displaying the tonnage of atmospheric carbon dioxide sequestered and the year in which it was sequestered. This is a jpeg with a nft tag to make it impossible for other parties to copy and claim. Furthermore, our site maps with areas designated to organisations will be on the public domain.
Co benefits are an important issue in The Habitat People’s approach. We guarantee to maximise biodiversity on our site as expert conservationists. Accessibility and education opportunities are paramount to us, we know just how important they are for inspiring environmental responsibility and benefiting public health and happiness.
Grasslands and woodlands alike have a variety of types. Grasslands can be wet meadows, dry acidic meadows, and many other types. Woodlands can be beech dominated mixed broadleaf or Caledonian forest. Different types vary in soil organic carbon (SOC) values. 3-5 times as much carbon is stored in soil as vegetation. Although over time new woodland can accumulate more carbon than most other habitats, it usually takes 10-30 years to reach a positive carbon budget and decades for C stocks to accumulate. Grassland habitats show near equivalent (90% for dry acidic grassland) SOC, reaching peak carbon absorption as rapidly as 3 years after restoration begins. Grasslands importantly are options in many areas where woodlands are not, expanding the overall surface area available for carbon offsetting.
We are transparent, local and expert with our offsetting practices. Our experience and accredited methodology ensure rapid and successful grassland restoration. The Habitat People also have a strong focus on co-benefits, particularly for biodiversity. We have already successfully introduced 18 nationally endangered species of plant and wildlife to our sites. However, employing our offsetting services also benefits local communities by providing ecosystem services, such as flood regulation and air quality, improving the local landscape and retaining spending in the local economy. We are accountable and happy to be so.