Parkers goes green with forest carbon credit scheme

PD-website-news-parkers-brian-ruddParkers Executive Chauffeurs is the first company in north-east England to offset its carbon emissions via a new system assured by the UK government’s Woodland Carbon Code.

Parkers, which has bases in Newcastle and on Teesside, has undergone an assessment by Durham-based Forest Carbon to determine the amount of CO2 the business is likely to emit in the next twelve months.

The calculation encompasses the mileage of all of the company’s Mercedes-Benz vehicles as well as office consumption of resources such as energy and paper. The amount of carbon dioxide expected to be emitted is balanced by an equivalent amount captured by 608 trees in a new oak, alder and birch woodland of 7,500, planted by Forest Carbon in Dumfries and Galloway.

Parkers managing director Brian Rudd (pictured) said: “We are very aware of the effects greenhouse gases can have on the planet and the importance of everyone ‘doing their bit’. As a responsible business we have put a great deal of time into researching the various options available to reduce our environmental impact, including electric vehicles, before satisfying ourselves that the Forest Carbon option offered the best solution.”

He added: “Our customer research shows that environmental issues have moved beyond a ‘nice to have’ and are now a valid contributing factor when it comes to making decisions about how the company operates, particularly when it comes to how customers choose suppliers.”

Forest Carbon director Stephen Prior, said: “We’ve been planting new woodlands for environmentally conscious businesses all over the UK and it’s great to be doing it with someone from our own patch. Parkers’ carbon credits are quality assured via the government’s Woodland Carbon Code, and we are the only company in the UK able to offer this to businesses.”

Vehicles included in the carbon credit scheme include Mercedes S Class, E Class and Viano cars as well as executive coaches. Parkers is also an avid supporter of the UK’s premier annual Low Carbon Vehicle Event hosted by CENEX, the UK's first centre of excellence for low carbon and fuel cell technologies.

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