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Carbon off setting visitors and exhibitors in 2022

todayMarch 6, 2022 1

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We’re going green!

Here at Great British Motor Shows we’re incredibly proud to announce that we are now carbon balancing out all miles driven as part of our series of Classic & Performance Motor Shows. As members of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) we are excited to take part in their newly launched Carbon Capturing Scheme.

What are we carbon capturing?

We’re offering customers the chance to help do their bit with a small additional cost to each ticket that will carbon-off-set their journey for just £1.20 per ticket.  

Why are we taking this step?

With the UK hosting climate summit in (COP26) in November 2021, public interest in tackling the climate crisis has increased and has highlighted the impact vehicle emissions have on the planet. The resolutions passed at COP26 lay a clear path to how governments will be turning our transport networks green and if we do not want to be left behind then our movement needs to show we are thinking eco and moving with the times.

As members of the historic vehicle movement we are incredibly conscious our vehicles often attract as much attention for their emissions as they do their looks. Taking part in a scheme like this allows us all to unite under a green banner and demonstrate to the outside world we’re a responsible community that cares about the planet. In the words of the FBHVC’s delivery partner, Tree-V, we’re here ‘to preserve the past, preserve the future’. 

How does it work?

We’re taking part in a carbon capturing scheme. This means brand new trees will be planted right here in the UK which, over their lifetime, will absorb (called sequestering) our vehicle’s emissions.

Why do trees absorb our carbon dioxide emissions? Trees need carbon dioxide to live and grow. Trees take in carbon dioxide through small pores in their leaves and combine it with H2O and sunlight, in a process known as photosynthesis. This process converts CO2 into sugar which can be used or stored by the tree as energy. 

The storage of this sugar, as starch, in the sapwood layer of the tree, is how trees remove CO2 from the atmosphere. As long as the tree is never burned down, that carbon is permanently absorbed. 

Working with the FBHVC and their delivery partners, Tree-V, we have calculated the cumulative carbon dioxide emissions created by our visitors and exhibitors and thus determined how many trees need to be planted to balance the CO2 out. 

Our trees

Our trees are being planted in Tom’s Wood in North Yorkshire. A wide variety of trees can be used for carbon capture, the FBHVC and Tree-V always make sure to use trees that are native to the area and that are best suited to the climate, soil time, rainfall and numerous other factors. Tom’s Wood will be made up of a mix of Alder, Birch, Wild Cherry, Goat Willow and Sycamore.

Did you know? New woodland brings a host of other benefits alongside capturing our emissions! Forests are also rich in fringe benefits, such as habitat for biodiversity, recreational space, flood mitigation, soil and water  protection,and cleaner air. 

Carbon-off-setting our day-to-day work

Not only do you, as visitors and exhibitors, have the opportunity to help us do our bit as we enjoy great days out at our Classic& Performance Motor Shows, but we’re also doing our bit in our day-to-day work.

We’re signed up as a workforce to a Ecologi which means not only are there trees planted here in the UK for the future carbon benefits, but across the world there are schemes helping today – already in month 1, we’ve reduced carbon by 1.77 tonnes and 35 trees already planted.

It is important to not only protect the future with tree planting, but help schemes across the world take out and reduce the carbon we’re pumping out today so we’re doing both so that our day-to-day running of the business means we’re carbon negative – we’re taking more out of the atmosphere that we’re adding.

Written by: Steve

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