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, purchasing our products 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 encouraging our staff to use public transport where possible, our Green Plan covers almost every facet of what we do. We are always seeking to do better.

Carbon Trust certification 

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

This re-certification acknowledges our on-going efforts to reduce CO2 emissions, as demonstrated by the further 6.7% reduction achieved between 2014 and 2016. This progress has been achieved through a number of initiatives, including:

  • investment in energy efficient LED lighting
  • fuel management software and 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 and our policy is to purchase Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) approved or verified recycled forestry products. 97% of our purchases met this standard in 2016.

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: 4 January 2018