Worcestershire business and recent Queen’s Award winner, Thorlux Lighting, has become one of the first businesses in the country to implement a Carbon Offsetting programme.
In 2009 Thorlux designed an ambitious carbon offsetting scheme, to help compensate for carbon dioxide (CO₂) being released into the atmosphere as an indirect result of factory and selling activities, as well as customers’ use of luminaires.
Carbon Offsetting is the compensation of CO₂ emissions by equivalent savings elsewhere. This may include the installation of energy saving devices in developing countries, the investment in renewable energy schemes such as wind farms or “carbon bank” tree planting schemes.
Their programme has involved tree planting. Trees and plants absorb CO2 during photosynthesis and the average tree can absorb roughly 1 tonne of CO2 during growth to maturity. Thorlux acquired a 215 acre plot in Monmouthshire and aims to plant enough trees to offset group emissions each year. So far 149,849 trees have been planted between 2009 and 2019.
Their scheme is the first site in Wales to be accredited to the Woodland Carbon Code, an independent standard devised by a group led by the Forestry Commission. The Commission certify woodland creation projects that are designed to measure and account for the capture and storage of carbon.
Reducing businesses’ CO2 outputs is one of the key principles in Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership’s new ‘Energy Strategy’. The publicly available document outlines an ambitious energy vision to create a thriving low-carbon economy across Worcestershire by 2030, which will support the creation of high value jobs, and stimulate investment and clean growth across the county.
For more information on the launch of Worcestershire LEP’s Energy Strategy and to view the document, follow the link here.
To find out more about Thorlux Lighting and their carbon offsetting project, visit their website here.