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Cumbria-based systems integrator plants trees to help achieve net zero

From ditching paper documents to switching to electric heating, 29% of businesses in the UK are striving to achieve net zero carbon emissions in a variety of ways. In its own journey to offset its carbon emissions, the Cumbria-based company systems integrator Delkia hosted a tree planting ceremony on March 17, 2022. The event kicked off Delkia’s carbon reduction plan to reach net zero by 2050.

The tree planting ceremony took place at 10 a.m. on March 17, 2022, with the entire Egremont branch participating in the planting. The team planted 90 trees at Feather Knott, in an area that spans 34 acres, joining 12,000 other trees already planted at the site. Ray Watson, the site landowner, holds a high level of stewardship with Natural England requiring it to undertake environmental management programs that provide benefits to high priority areas.

“This ceremony marks Delkia’s commitment to its carbon reduction plan,” explained Kurt Canfield, CEO of Delkia. “We are planting a native species, alder, which will help offset our carbon footprint. Trees generally absorb between 20 and 25 kg of CO2 per year when they are adults, so in 20 years our trees could absorb more than 1.8 tons of CO2.

Alder was the tree of choice for the Cumbria-based company as it provides a natural habitat for over 90 different types of insect and small bird species. The species is also hardy and adaptable to harsh weather conditions due to its water-resistant wood and thick foliage, allowing it to continue growing in Feather Knott for decades.

In its Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan, Delkia expressed its commitment to achieving the UK Government’s target of net zero emissions by 2050. In October 2021, following the UK Government’s announcement, the Department for Business , Energy & Industrial Strategy has released a guidance document on how companies can rebuild greener. Delkia’s first carbon reduction goal is to reduce its emissions by ten percent over the next five years. This would reduce Delkia’s total emissions from 5,168.39 t to 4,651.55 t.

In addition to the tree-planting ceremony, Delkia also plans to use the area in July to spread seeds in an effort to further offset its carbon emissions. The SME is also currently working on obtaining ISO 14001 certification, the certification of the Environmental Management System.

If you want to learn more about Delkia’s Carbon Reduction Plan and Environmentally Sustainable Growth Strategy, download the plan from its website at www.delkia.co.uk/post/delkia-commits-to-net-zero

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