Carbon mitigation will play a significant role role in the City of Edinburgh Council’s efforts to become a zero carbon city by 2030. In support of this, we are proud to be involved in an innovative project to restore peatland in Caithness and Sutherland in the Scottish Highlands. The project aims to restore 250,000ha (2,500,0002m) of land in the Flow Country area over the next 25 years.
Degraded peatland – which has been drained or subjected to altered water flow - is responsible for the release of large amounts of carbon into the atmosphere. Restoring the natural flow of water to Scottish peatlands could significantly decrease these emissions. In comparison to tree planting, peatland restoration is on average four times more effective as a carbon-mitigation tool, as it typically lasts longer and is easier to control.
Our aim is not to make quick fixes; instead, this approach forms part of a long-term strategy to restore the stunning landscape of the north of Scotland at a site which is currently under consideration to become a UNESCO World Heritage site.