For Buyers

Image: Sphagnum © Norrie Russell

For Buyers

Peatland restoration is an internationally recognised and cost-effective way to tackle climate change. It is in everyone’s interest for peatlands to be in a healthy state. 

The UK Peatland Strategy has set a challenge for 2 million hectares of peatland to be in good condition or under restoration management by 2040. To achieve this goal a significant funding gap must be addressed presenting opportunities for the business community. By supporting Peatland Code projects through the purchase of validated and verified carbon units, businesses will have an opportunity to not only address their carbon footprint but also enhance their brand integrity and value, deliver corporate sustainability objectives and contribute strategically to the long-term protection and enhancement of the UK natural environment.

Defra’s Ecosystem Markets Taskforce describes the UK Peatland Code concept as: “A logical next step for the carbon market, in line with recent global and EU trends towards regionalisation of carbon markets. [A UK Peatland Code] would deliver significant resources to restore peatlands which are among the UK’s most degraded habitats.”

Action now to invest in peatlands will avoid far greater cost to businesses and wider society in future with the Peatland Code providing a robust mechanism for those wishing to do so. 

Why purchase Peatland Code carbon units?

Peatlands are a key part of our natural capital worth £billions in terms of the services they can provide. Restoring peatlands not only contributes to climate change efforts, it can also:
• improve drinking water quality 
• slow surface water flow, helping prevent flooding 
• provide habitat for unique biodiversity. 

Each peatland restoration project is unique, and a project can be found to meet the specific needs of each individual buyer. Opportunities are also available for staff and customers to see first-hand the benefits for nature and people of these natural places via site visits. 

Where can Peatland Code carbon units be purchased?

The Peatland Code Registry shows available projects or alternatively buyers can use the services of a specialist carbon broker to actively search for a suitable project on their behalf. Projects can market the benefits of their project at any time over it’s duration, with the majority selling the total upfront once their peatland restoration plan has received validation. To find out more and discuss how you can support a Peatland Code project then please contact the IUCN UK Peatland Programme Peatland Code Coordinator - renee.kerkvliet-hermans@iucn.org.uk or email info@iucn.org.uk

More information on Peatland Code timeline: 

Peatland Code timeline

 

 

IUCN UK PP Conf 21
Conference 2021 Registration OpenSign up for this year's IUCN UK Peatland Programme conference ‘Peatlands in Partnership: a road to…
Butterburn flow
Nature for Climate Peatland Grant SchemeInformation about the scheme to restore English peatlands and how to apply for funding.
IUCN UK PP Conference 2021
IUCN UK PP Conference 2021 - Save the dateSave the Dates: 13th - 16th September 2021
Minister Poots pictured with Jennifer Fulton, CEO of Ulster Wildlife
Northern Ireland Peatland Strategy ConsultationEnvironment Minister, Edwin Poots has launched a public consultation on the draft Northern Ireland…
Virtual Peatland Pavilion
Peatland Pavilion proposal for COP26 programmeOpportunity to contribute to and participate in proposing and shaping the first ever dedicated…
Diggers on Bwlch y Groes
Wales’ first carbon-funded peatland restoration project is complete!A peatland restoration project at Bwlch y Groes on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park is the…
England launches Peat Action Plan
England launches Peat Action PlanThe IUCN UK Peatland Programme welcomes the long-awaited publication of the England Peat Action…
Screenshot of PeatDatHub database
Launch of the PeatDataHub PeatDataHub is a research hub for communicating peatland science and managing peatland monitoring…
Eyes on the Bog equipment displayed on Water Works site
Eyes on the Bog monitoring at the Water Works projectJack Clough (University of East London’s) takes us through the process of installing an Eyes on the…
Helicopter flying over Moors for the Future site with restoration materials
Moors for the Future deliver biggest conservation season yet in a challenging yearAgainst a backdrop of ever-changing circumstances and a challenging year for nature, Moors for the…
Musician Sarah Smout on Fleet Moss with her cello
Yorkshire Peat Partnership: A music video on Fleet MossWith the help of Yorkshire Peat Parnership, musician Sarah Smout filmed a music video on Fleet Moss…
Cottongrass on peatland © Marches Mosses BogLIFE Project
Marches Mosses BogLIFE Project and Australian Wetlands Collaboration puts Arts Council England Funding to WorkThe ‘Mosses and Marshes’ project has newly been awarded a grant from Arts Council England.