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Peatland Code logoThe Peatland Code provides a consistent approach for peatland restoration projects wishing to utilise the voluntary carbon market. It provides assurance to buyers of the quality and quantity of emissions reduction.

Peatlands are a significant sink and store of terrestrial carbon, but in a damaged condition they become a source of carbon. Restoring peatlands therefore has an associated carbon saving. There is significant potential for peatlands to contribute to UK climate mitigation, but to realise this potential an increase in restoration efforts is required.

By utilising the voluntary carbon market, alongside other funding options, restoration can become financially feasible where it previously was not. Many individuals and businesses wish to contribute to restoration and the multiple benefits it provides for society, but, before investing they want to know that a restoration project will deliver the carbon savings that they claim. Peatland Code validation and verfication provides this assurance by assessing the project plan, the predicted emissions savings and ensuring said plan is implemented for the duration of the project.

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Peatland Code Validation

To become validated the project restoration plan and proposed greenhouse gas assertion are evaluated against the criteria of the Peatland Code to determine if implementation of the project plan can be expected to result in the proposed greenhouse gas emissions reductions.

Evaluation is undertaken by an independent validation/verification body.

 

Peatland Code Verification

To become verified the restoration implemented by the project and associated greenhouse gas emissions reductions are evaluated against the criteria of the Peatland Code and its validated project plan.

Verification takes place at Year 1 (directly following the completion of restoration activities), Year 5 and every 10 years following for the duration of the project.

 

Steps to achieving Peatland Code Validation/Verification

  1. Read the Peatland Code
  2. Register the restoration project with the IUCN UK Peatland Programme
  3. Establish and map the baseline condition of peatland within the project area using the Peatland Code field survey methodology
  4. Produce a Peatland Code compliant restoration plan for the duration of the project
  5. Use Peatland Code methodology for quantifying emissions savings
  6. Complete the Peatland Code project design document to demonstrate that the project meets all requirements of the Peatland Code
  7. Apply for validation with an approved validation/verification body
  8. Assessment undertaken by the validation/verification body
  9. Amend project plan if determined necessary by the validation/verification body
  10. Achieve validation
  11. Source carbon finance
  12. Undertake restoration actions
  13. Apply for verification with an approved validation/verification body
  14. Assessment undertaken by the validation/verification body
  15. Undertake additional restoration action if determined necessary by the validation/verification body
  16. Achieve verification
  17. Repeat steps 14-16 as per verification schedule for the duration of the project.

 

The Peatland Code works for everyone involved

  • Carbon buyers have reassurance that they have facilitated a responsible scheme, which will result in additional climate benefits
  • Projects have recognised procedures and standards to work to, and can use their validated/verfied status as a means to market the carbon benefits to potential buyers
  • Society will benefit from enhanced climate mitigation and the restoration of the natural landscape.

 

What's happening now?

The Peatland Code is continually developing and applications are now invited from peatland restoration projects wishing to work with the IUCN UK Peatland Programme to trial the process for achieving validation.

 

Peatland Code quick eligibility guide

For a project to be eligible for validation/verification to the Peatland Code (at present) the following basic pre-requisites must be met:

  • Peatland must be greater than 50cm in depth
  • Peatland type must be blanket or raised bog
  • Restoration activities must not include forestry removal
  • Restoration must not be legally or contractually required
  • Project must be able to enter a minimum contract of 30 years
  • Restoration activities must not conflict with any other land management agreements
  • Project developer must own and/or lease the land upon which the restoration shall take place (for projects sites with multiple landwoners please discuss possible options with IUCN UK Peatland Programme).

These eligibility requirements are to be used as a quick indication of eligibility only. A project must meet all requirements of the Peatland Code to be considered for validation/verification.


For more information please contact:

Jillian Hoy 

jillian.hoy@iucn.org.uk

+44131 312 4730