Make a difference. Protecting UK Woodlands

Conservation projects are vital in ensuring nature and wildlife can thrive.

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Making Britain Greener

The UK is one of the least wooded parts of Europe. Join our community of Green Futurists helping to protect five native broadleaf trees per fuel each year, by supporting projects that create and maintain woodland areas across the UK.

Nature’s carbon storage expert

Did you know that trees capture and store carbon emissions, helping to fight climate change? During their lifetime, 10 trees can remove up to 10 tonnes of CO2 from the air – that’s the same as taking five average cars off the road for an entire year!

The power of trees

UK Woodlands have amazing benefits for the environment, providing essential habitats for wildlife, increasing soil stability, and helping to regulate water flow and quality. Woodlands also enhance the landscape, giving us important recreational spaces to enjoy.

Emilie’s Wood, Nottinghamshire

Join a Green Future tariff today and support projects such as Emilie’s Wood, creating native woodland across 11 hectares of Nottinghamshire countryside along the River Smite. The project connects existing wooded areas helping to boost biodiversity in the borough, which only has 1% woodland cover. By creating woodland close to the river, the project also supports wildlife that live on the nearby riverbank, such as otters and water voles, and reduce soil erosion, helping to improve water quality and reduce the risk of flooding in the area.

Inspiring change. Sign up to a greener future

British Gas is one of only three energy suppliers that have achieved the Uswitch Green Tariff Gold Standard. That means when you choose our Green Futures option, you can be sure it’s one of the most environment-friendly tariffs available anywhere.

In fact, you’ll protect five trees per fuel for every year of your tariff. So if you want to support sustainability and do your bit for the planet, Green Futures is the perfect choice of tariff.

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Frequently asked questions

Why is it important to protect trees?

Protecting woodlands can play an important role in helping to fight climate change. That’s because trees absorb and store CO2 as they grow. Sadly, trees also release carbon through deforestation, losing their ability to store carbon in the atmosphere. Therefore, nurturing vital UK woodlands so they grow to maturity will help them reach their full carbon capturing potential as well as their great benefits for biodiversity and us!

How will I protect UK Woodlands?

You’ ll protect ten trees in the UK each year per household if your property has both fuels on a Green Future tariff and five trees each year if your property has one fuel on a Green Future tariff. We evidence the number of trees you’ll be supporting by buying carbon credits - either pending issuance units (PIUs) or woodland carbon units (WCUs) from UK woodland projects, verified by the Woodland Carbon Code. The carbon credits we buy support projects that create and maintain woodland areas across the UK, by ensuring its carefully monitored and protected.

We buy PIUs or WCUs in addition to carbon off setting 90% of the gas you use by buying VER certificates from the Verified Carbon Standard.

What are carbon credits?

Carbon credits support projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Each certificate is equivalent to one tonne of carbon dioxide and is issued by carbon standards that independently certify emission reduction projects. To be eligible for carbon credits, emission-reduction projects must qualify through a rigorous and public registration and issuance process.