Our plan for a 100-acre 18.4 MW solar park, at Lochaulds Farm on our Scottish portfolio, received a ‘minded-to-grant’ decision from Glasgow City Council. Full planning permission is expected in H1 2023 and will provide the green light for a facility that would meet almost half of the electricity needs of our managed portfolio.
In 2022, we continued to use the carbon credits we’ve purchased to offset the carbon of all buildings completed in the year, making them all net zero carbon in construction. Get the data.
Our current tree-planting scheme on our Scottish land near Glasgow yielded its first carbon credits in 2021 and, following consultation, archaeological surveys and bird surveys, we plan to plant a further 85 hectares of woodland over 2023 and 2024. This is projected to provide around 100 tCO2
e by 2030, and 37,000 tCO2
e across the woodland’s 100-year life cycle.
In addition to planting trees, we commissioned a natural capital audit of our land to help us understand the options there beyond new woodland for sequestering carbon – by making changes in forestry management, drainage management and farming methods, for example. We’re exploring ways to align these with community projects, working alongside occupiers