Giving something back
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.
Partnership for Change
We have partnered with RSPB Scotland, part of the RSPB, the UK’s largest nature conservation charity, on a unique and innovative scheme to restore Scotland’s most underappreciated but valuable biomes – our Peatlands.
Scotland boasts Europe’s largest blanket bog which is home to countless species of plants and animals. This awe-inspiring landscape is also a vital ally in our fight against climate change. Peatlands are the world’s largest terrestrial carbon store, and their restoration has been shown to be more effective at capturing carbon than tree planting initiatives.
By working together, we can help cut emissions, lock up carbon, and protect our wildlife for future generations.
Our partnership with RSPB Scotland gives our clients the opportunity to mitigate negative environmental impacts associated with holding events. This means that the equivalent of £1 per delegate per day, or 50p per dinner guest, spent with EICC will be ringfenced purely for Peatland Restoration in the north of Scotland.