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Isle of Man launches pioneering carbon credit initiative

The Isle of Man is stepping up its environmental conservation efforts with the introduction of a groundbreaking carbon credit programme. Managed by the Manx Wildlife Trust, this initiative is the first of its kind on the island and is set at Crossags Fields, part of the broader Hairpin Woodland Park project.

Isle of Man launches pioneering carbon credit initiative_Landscae view of Spanish Head, located on the south-west coast of the Island_visual 1Landscae view of Spanish Head, located on the south-west coast of the Island. AI generated picture.

The programme is designed to capture over 3,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide over the next 50 years. This will be achieved by developing native woodlands, which will not only sequester carbon but also enhance local biodiversity and establish a new public nature reserve.

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Leigh Morris, CEO of the Manx Wildlife Trust, stated that after two years of planning, this project offers a tangible way for both businesses and individuals to directly contribute to carbon offsetting. The trust is offering high-integrity carbon credits, verified by the Soil Association under the UK Woodland Carbon Code. These credits are generated by local tree planting efforts, with the added opportunity for participants to engage in planting and visiting the sites.

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The initiative has already attracted support from three local companies—Hansard Global plc, PDMS Ltd., and Resilience Management (IOM) Ltd. Their investments are critical in funding the land acquisition and ongoing upkeep of the project. These funds are supplemented by a green loan from Lloyds Bank International, which further finances the land purchases.

This carbon credit project not only supports the Manx Wildlife Trust’s conservation goals but also demonstrates a sustainable model for environmental stewardship and community involvement on the Isle of Man.

Organisations dedicated to advancing a greener future must adopt proactive strategies, conduct detailed evaluations, and embrace sustainable practices. By investing in nature-centric projects and actively addressing their emissions, companies can significantly reduce their environmental impact and progress towards net-zero goals. At DGB Group, we are proud to offer transparent and accessible solutions that align with our dedication to conserving nature. We invite businesses, investors, and individuals who are equally enthusiastic about sustainability to partner with us. Together, let's journey towards a more sustainable future, positively influencing the environment one carbon footprint at a time.

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