Halliday Fraser Munro offsetting its carbon footprint
13 Apr 2021
We have recently announced that we have become the first Scottish firm to invest in a pioneering peatland restoration project in Wester Ross in the north of Scotland.
This investment in carbon offsetting units at the restoration project is in partnership with Highland Carbon, a firm that provides carbon offsetting solutions. This move forms part of our longstanding ethos to put sustainability at the heart of everything we do.
The environmental benefits of the Wester Ross project can be seen from the outset as the rehydrated peat acts as an enormous carbon sink. It supports biodiversity in the Scottish Highlands, next to a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and cleanses the local water supply as well as creating employment for those living in the area.
As a firm we intend to offer further investment within the peatlands scheme as part of its service on projects that align with its environmental ambitions. As well as recently commissioning a report from environmental consultants Practically Green on its greenhouse gas emissions as it aims to exceed the Scottish Government’s net zero targets by 2030.
David Halliday, managing director of Halliday Fraser Munro, said: “As architects and planners, sustainability has always been at the core of what we do. Whether we’re designing a new office, a new school or a home, environmental considerations are high on our agenda. Therefore, addressing our carbon footprint as a practice is a natural extension of how we have been working for decades.
“We’re proud to be the first Scottish firm to support Highland Carbon’s peatland restoration project in the wilds of Wester Ross. This local and entrepreneurial biodiversity project reflects the spirit of Halliday Fraser Munro.
“We’re well-positioned, given our experience, to help clients meet the challenges of Scotland becoming a net zero economy and to ensure the environment comes first. This will always be part of our ethos.”
Richard Clarke of Highland Carbon added: “We’re pleased to have Halliday Fraser Munro on board to support such a spectacular project in Wester Ross in the wilds of Scotland, while reducing their carbon footprint. A brilliant aspect of peatland restoration is that biodiversity benefits happen from the off, with birds and wildflowers immediately beginning to settle on the site, as well as supporting the Paris Agreement on climate change.”
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