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

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 accreditation

We've been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard, a certification that recognises our achievements to reduce our carbon footprint. The award recognises that we cut emissions by 13.5 per cent between 2012 and 2014, which is equivalent to an annual reduction of around 3,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

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 2015 report to WWF for details of our performance over many years and to learn of our commitment to improve further. 2014's report is also available to read.

Get in touch

If you’ve got a question about the way we manage our resources then get in touch with us. Gavin Beat is our friendly green plan developer and he’ll be more than happy to answer any questions you may have

Follow us!

Our Green Plan team have taken to Twitter. Follow them to find out how they protect our environment.

Last date edited: 11 August 2016