Skip to main content

Peatland carbon

Peatlands, the world’s largest terrestrial carbon stock, store twice as much carbon as all the world’s forests combined.

In the UK, peatlands cover around 10% of the nation’s land area however, historic mismanagement has affected almost 80% of our peatland estate in some way.

That is why the Government launched the Nature for Climate Peatland Grant Scheme - a fund to help restore peatlands in England. The scheme will run until 2025.

In addition, the Peatland Carbon Code (PCC) was launched to:

  • Support the restoration of our national peatland estate by attracting private-sector funding (to augment limited public funding schemes)
  • Provide investors with clarity and assurance that carbon savings are made - through independent validation and verification

The Code helps to attract voluntary carbon credit buyers and assures them that the peatland ecosystem services being marketed are real, quantifiable, additional and have permanent climate benefits.

It provides a mechanism for accrediting peatland restoration projects and the carbon benefits they deliver.

Credits validated by the PCC certification process can be sold as a carbon offset or reduction measure.

This website uses cookies

Our site uses cookies to improve your experience. By continuing to browse our site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, read our Cookie Policy and Privacy Policy.

Back to top