Woodland project helps McLaren offset carbon emissions

Port Glasgow, Scotland-based McLaren Packaging has invested in planting a second Scottish woodland, removing 6,000 tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere through the duration of the project. 

Working together with woodland carbon offsetting business, CarbonStore, in partnership with the forestry company, Tilhill, the successful project delivered a newly planted woodland which will help offset McLaren’s residual carbon emissions. Accurrach is located just north of Inveraray, Argyll and Bute, and covers 32 hectares of what was previously marginal farmland. 

The young woodland has been planted with over 50,000 young trees native to Scotland. Species include Scot’s pine and broadleaf trees, such as alder, birch and rowan. The planting will significantly enhance the area’s ecology and improve biodiversity. Historically the land had been used to graze sheep and cattle. The opportunity to secure carbon funding from tree planting encouraged the farmer to diversify and plant up the less productive elements of his farm with trees.  The restoration of the land to its natural, wooded state will also help protect the local environment, creating new habitat for native birds and other wildlife through the careful management of the new woodland.  

The significant investment being made by McLaren Packaging in reaching its net zero target by 2050 helped to kickstart the planting of the area. 

Michael McLaren, Sales and Marketing Director, said, “McLaren Packaging is committed to the UN’s Race to Net Zero. This project is another crucial step towards us being able to halve our emissions by 2030 and achieve Net Zero by 2050. The Accurrach project will allow us to offset future operational emissions, such as from the use of natural gas for heating and diesel for transport as well as emissions from our employees’ commutes to work and business travel, which are currently difficult to avoid. We believe emissions should be sequestered where they are created, via a verified nature-based scheme, which is why we have invested in woodland creation in Argyll & Bute, less than 30 miles from our production sites in Port Glasgow. Not only will this help minimise our carbon footprint, it will also help our customers achieve the same.” 

McLaren has already invested in a woodland creation project at Millhouse, a 34-hectare woodland capturing 9,000 tonnes of carbon located 30 miles south of its latest purchase. 

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