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Carbon Offsetting with Purpose: Planning By Design’s partnership with Treeapp

Carbon Offsetting with Purpose: Planning By Design's partnership with Treeapp

Key Highlights

  1. Planning By Design has partnered with Treeapp to offset the carbon impacts of clients’ developments and promote sustainability.
  2. Treeapp is a platform that allows individuals and businesses to plant trees and offset their carbon footprint.
  3. This aligns the goals of both organisations to make a measurable impact on the environment.
  4. The collaboration aims to contribute to global climate action through tree planting and other initiatives.
  5. This blog provides an overview of the partnership, the mechanics of carbon offsetting with Treeapp, and the measurable impacts achieved so far.

Introduction

Carbon sequestering is now a crucial tactic in the fight against climate change and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. In their quest for sustainability, Planning By Design searched for an environmentally friendly partner that shared our values and goals. This led us to Treeapp, a platform enabling both individuals and businesses to plant trees and counterbalance their carbon footprint, contributing to the aim of reaching net-zero emissions.

By joining forces with Treeapp, Planning By Design aims to make a measurable impact on the environment and contribute to global climate action. Through tree-planting initiatives and other sustainable solutions, the partnership aims to create a more sustainable future for generations to come.

In this blog, we will explore the partnership between Planning By Design and Treeapp, the mechanics of carbon sequestering to offset some of the impacts of climate change, and the measurable impacts achieved so far. By understanding the importance of carbon sequestering and sustainable practices, we can all play a part in mitigating the effects of climate change and creating a more sustainable world.

The Catalyst for Change: Why Planning By Design Sought a Green Partner

Planning By Design partnership with Treeapp

Planning By Design embarked on a sustainability journey, recognising the urgent need to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Planning By Design’s carbon footprint is virtually zero. However, Planning by Design recognises our client’s developments, especially where construction is concerned, have a carbon footprint and a negative impact on the climate and environment locally and globally. Planning by Design wants to offset some of the impacts of our client’s developments to help fight climate change to make a healthier, greener and sustainable planet for current and future generations. 

Planning By Design is committed to a more sustainable and eco-friendly approach to business and environmental conservation. This led to seeking a green partner that shared the company’s vision and values.

The web developer for Planning by Design planted a tree in honour of his work for the company, which inspired Grant Singlehurst-Ward, our Founder and Managing Director. This tree wasn’t planted with Treeapp but served as inspiration for finding a reliable company with accreditations and evidence to show that the contributed money really is spent on planting the number of trees being purchased. After many weeks of research, contacting many other carbon capture and tree planting companies and careful consideration, Planning by Design found the perfect match in Treeapp, a platform dedicated to tree planting.

Treeapps proposition was impressive with strong credibility, accreditations, great pricing, impact reports, tree planting certificates and a tree counting widget. Most of all the third-party satellite tracking software allows us to see the planting sites historically and scroll forward or backwards in time to see new growth.

The collaboration between Planning By Design and Treeapp became the catalyst for change, enabling both organisations to make a positive impact on the environment.

Introducing Treeapp: A Partnership Rooted in Sustainability

Planning By Design partnership with Treeapp - A Partnership Rooted in Sustainability

Treeapp is a cutting-edge platform that enables people and companies to combat climate change by planting trees and balancing their carbon footprint. Through an intuitive interface, Treeapp offers users the option to plant trees at no cost by viewing ads from eco-friendly brands or by sponsoring trees directly. The collaboration between Planning By Design and Treeapp is based on sustainability and a mutual dedication to environmental preservation. Through this partnership, Planning By Design can actively help the environment and support a more sustainable future for all.

The Mission and Vision of Treeapp

The mission of Treeapp is to fight climate change and restore global biodiversity through tree-planting initiatives. They believe that everyone has the power to make a positive impact on the environment, and their vision is to create a world where sustainability is at the forefront of decision-making. By providing a simple and accessible platform, Treeapp enables individuals and businesses to contribute to reforestation efforts and offset their carbon emissions. Their ultimate goal is to plant billions of trees worldwide, creating a sustainable future for generations to come.

Aligning Goals for Environmental Impact

Aligning Goals for Environmental Impact

Planning By Design’s partnership with Treeapp is built on the alignment of goals and the shared vision of making a measurable impact on the environment. Both companies recognise the urgent need to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Together, we can drive meaningful change and inspire others to take action for a greener and more sustainable world.

The Mechanics of Carbon Offsetting with Treeapp

Treeapp provides a simple and effective way to offset carbon emissions through tree planting. Users can choose to plant trees by watching ads from sustainable brands or directly fund tree planting projects. For every tree planted, the app calculates the amount of carbon that will be offset over its lifetime. This allows users to see the direct environmental impact of their actions and the number of trees they have planted. Treeapp collaborates with verified planting partners who ensure that trees are planted in areas where they will have the most significant impact on biodiversity and local communities, including in the UK and worldwide.

Treeapp Impact Dashboard in Mobile App

How Tree Planting Compensates for Carbon Emissions

How Tree Planting Compensates for Carbon Emissions

Tree planting is an effective method of compensating for carbon emissions because trees absorb carbon dioxide during photosynthesis and store it in their biomass. Through this process, trees act as natural carbon sinks, helping to reduce the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. By planting trees through Treeapp, individuals and businesses can offset their carbon emissions by providing an additional means of carbon absorption and compost. The more trees planted, the greater the carbon offset and the more positive the environmental impact, including reducing air pollution. Tree planting initiatives, along with composting, are essential parts of global climate action and contribute to the overall goal of mitigating the effects of climate change.

The Process: From Planning to Planting

The Process: From Planning to Planting

Treeapp follows a well-structured process to ensure that tree-planting projects are carried out efficiently and effectively. The process begins with careful planning, including site selection and species selection based on local ecological conditions and potential drought conditions. This ensures that trees are planted in areas where they will thrive and have the most significant impact. After planning, the actual planting takes place, with trained professionals and local communities working together to plant and care for the trees. Regular monitoring and maintenance ensure the long-term survival and growth of the trees, including adding a layer of bark mulch to help retain moisture and prevent weeds. Throughout the process, Treeapp maintains transparency by providing updates and reports on the progress of tree-planting projects. This helps users track their individual and collective impact on carbon offsetting and tree planting.

Measurable Impacts: The Success Story So Far

Planning By Design partnership with Treeapp Results

Planning By Design’s partnership with Treeapp has already achieved measurable impacts in carbon offsetting and through planting trees.

Planning by Design plant 10 trees for every customer that purchases our services including architectural design and planning permission. Planning By Design covers the cost using profits, sparing clients from paying.

At the current moment, Planning by Design has already planted 7935 trees. Being a fast-growing company, this indicates that Planning by Design is increasing its tree-planting efforts each month. It is projected to reach a significant goal of planting 10,000 trees within the next 2 months.

While our current tree planting efforts are just a small contribution compared to the vast number of trees that need to be planted, Planning by Design takes pride in our contributions thus far. We aim to increase our efforts as our company grows, we hope to plant 1,000,000+ trees in the future.

Trees Planted and Carbon Captured

Since Planning By Design and Treeapp formed a partnership, 7935 trees have been planted, effectively capturing 864.91 tonnes of carbon dioxide. These trees serve as natural carbon sinks, taking in carbon dioxide from the air and retaining it within their biomass. By means of photosynthesis, trees transform carbon dioxide into oxygen, playing a crucial role in mitigating climate change. By engaging in tree planting via Treeapp, both individuals and companies play a direct role in offsetting carbon emissions and promoting the preservation of worldwide biodiversity. The trees planted as part of this collaboration have a tangible impact on carbon sequestration, fostering a more environmentally friendly and sustainable world.

Creating Work For Local Communities

Creating Work For Local Communities

Tree planting projects not only have a positive impact on the environment but also create work opportunities for local communities. By collaborating with verified planting partners, Treeapp ensures that tree-planting projects provide employment and income for local communities. This not only helps uplift local economies but also fosters a sense of ownership and pride in environmental conservation. Since April 2023, Planning By Design’s partnership with Treeapp created 79 work days for local communities.

Through sustainable job creation, tree-planting projects contribute to the overall well-being and development of local communities. By supporting Treeapp, individuals and businesses can make a direct and positive impact on both the environment and the livelihoods of local communities.

Land Reforestation

Land Reforestation

Land reforestation is a key aspect of tree-planting projects carried out by Treeapp and its planting partners. By restoring and reforesting land, these projects help combat deforestation and its associated impacts. Reforestation contributes to the restoration of ecosystems, helps prevent soil erosion, and enhances biodiversity. By planting trees in strategic locations and working with local communities, Treeapp aims to restore degraded land and promote sustainable land use practices. Since April 2024 12696 m2 of land has been reforested by Planning By Design’s partnership with Treeapp. Through land reforestation, the partnership between Planning By Design and Treeapp makes a significant contribution to climate action, ecosystem conservation, and sustainable land management.

Animal Rehabilitation

Animal Rehabilitation

Tree planting projects not only benefit the environment but also play a crucial role in animal rehabilitation and biodiversity conservation. By creating new habitats and restoring ecosystems, tree-planting initiatives provide shelter and food sources for various animal species. Reforestation efforts not only benefit iconic species but also contribute to the overall health and resilience of ecosystems. Through the partnership between Planning By Design and Treeapp, tree-planting projects support the rehabilitation of animal populations and promote biodiversity conservation. By actively participating in tree planting, individuals and businesses can make a positive impact on the protection and restoration of wildlife habitats.

Positive Feedback from Clients and Communities

Positive feedback from clients and communities alike

The collaboration between Planning By Design and Treeapp has been well-received by clients and communities. Clients value the eco-friendly approach and green initiatives of Planning By Design. The opportunity to counterbalance carbon emissions by planting trees aligns with their sustainability objectives. Communities in the project locations also experience advantages from reforestation efforts, including biodiversity growth, better air and water quality, and enhanced ecosystem services. The favourable responses demonstrate the effectiveness of the partnership and the valuable outcomes it delivers to clients and the communities involved in the tree-planting initiatives.

The partnership between Planning By Design and Treeapp continues to evolve and strengthen

The Broader Picture: Contributing to Global Climate Action

The partnership between Planning By Design and Treeapp extends beyond specific projects and efforts, aiming to support global climate action and adhere to international environmental regulations like the Paris Agreement. Through engaging in carbon offsetting and advocating for sustainable behaviours, both entities help advance the objectives of the Paris Agreement and aid global endeavours in addressing climate change. This collaboration showcases how businesses and individuals can play a substantial role in global climate action and strive for a sustainable and robust future.

Aligning with International Environmental Standards

The partnership between Planning By Design and Treeapp aligns with international environmental standards, particularly the goals of the Paris Agreement. The Paris Agreement, adopted on 12 December 2015 and entered into force on 4 November 2016, aims to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius and pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius. By actively promoting carbon offsetting, sustainable architectural design, and tree planting initiatives, both organizations contribute to the overall objectives of the Paris Agreement. This alignment with international environmental standards and the inclusion of a transparency framework in the agreement strengthens their commitment to global climate action and demonstrates their dedication to creating a sustainable and resilient future.

Encouraging Industry-wide Adoption of Green Practices

Planning By Design has partnered with Treeapp to promote the adoption of green practices and sustainability principles across the architectural design industry. Their goal is to inspire other businesses in the field to embrace sustainable practices by highlighting the success and impact of their partnership. Through education, awareness, and collaboration, both organisations advocate for environmental conservation and emphasise the role of businesses in addressing climate change. Together, they aim to foster a collective impact that extends beyond their partnership, fostering a more sustainable and eco-friendly industrial revolution.

Contributing to Global Climate Action

Conclusion

In essence, the collaboration between Planning By Design and Treeapp demonstrates a strong dedication to environmental sustainability. Our efforts in tree planting and carbon sequestering not only help reduce carbon emissions but also benefit local communities and biodiversity. This partnership showcases a proactive stance on sustainability by incorporating eco-friendly methods in their projects. By adhering to global environmental guidelines and promoting the use of green practices across the industry, we are actively supporting climate action on a global scale. The successful partnership sets a positive example for future sustainability initiatives and objectives.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Does Tree Planting Offset Carbon Emissions?

Tree planting offsets carbon emissions by absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere during photosynthesis and storing it in their biomass. This process helps reduce the concentration of greenhouse gases, contributing to climate change mitigation.

Can Individuals and Small Businesses Participate in Carbon Offsetting?

Yes, individuals and small businesses can participate in carbon offsetting through platforms like Treeapp. By planting trees and supporting tree-planting projects, they can offset their carbon emissions and make a positive impact on the environment.

What Are the Future Goals of Planning By Design’s Partnership with Treeapp?

The future goals of the partnership include expanding tree-planting projects and raising awareness about sustainable design practices. The partnership aims to create a more sustainable future and inspire others to take action.

How Can I Get Involved and Support Environmental Sustainability?

You can get involved and support environmental sustainability by participating in tree-planting initiatives, promoting sustainable practices, and reducing your carbon footprint. Platforms like Treeapp provide opportunities for individuals and businesses to make a positive impact on the environment.

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