We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.

The Green Plan

Here at the Canal & River Trust we’re passionate about caring for the environment. We play our part by making sure that everything we do to care for the nation’s canals leaves as small a carbon footprint as possible. We call this our Green Plan.

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We’re committed to reducing our energy use from travel, ensuring that the products we purchase are from sustainable sources, reducing the waste that we send to landfill and protecting our wonderful waterways for all to enjoy.

From searching out responsibly sourced timber for our lock gates to installing solar panels and making sure our staff use public transport wherever possible, our Green Plan covers almost every facet of what we do. We’re always asking ourselves what we could do better.

Carbon Trust certification 

As a result of our sustainability work, we are delighted to announce our re-certification to the Carbon Trust Standard.

The achievement recognises our positive steps to reduce CO2 emissions by 6.7% over a two year period from 2014 to 2016. This has been achieved by a number of steps including:

  • investment in energy efficient LED lighting
  • fuel management software & internal speed limits on our commercial vehicles
  • increasing our travel by train, rather than by car
  • increased energy awareness leading to positive change
  • introduction of electric vehicles and charge points

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Responsible timber procurement

We use a considerable amount of timber and paper products in our work. Timber is used in a wide variety of applications from lock gate construction to towpath repairs and fencing works.

We are long standing member of the World Wildlife Fund - Global Forest Trade Network (GFTN) and fully support the aims of the group in encouraging the use of sustainably sourced forest products.

We are fully committed to the use of credibly sourced timber. Our policy is to buy Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) approved materials. During 2015 we are very proud that our use of sustainability sourced timber rose even higher to 98%.

See our 2016 report to WWF for details of our performance over many years and to learn of our commitment to improve further.


Last date edited: 25 October 2017