Environment policy and carbon reduction targets

The Trust is committed to taking meaningful and ambitious action immediately to drive a significant reduction in its impact on the environment for the long term. The Trust will be transparent about its progress, take responsibility for its actions and seek to demonstrate leadership in this field.

A major refurbishment of the bridges was completed in December 2021. The carbon footprint of the project has been calculated and the Trust has committed to planting over 7,500 trees in Kent and Medway to offset the carbon impacts of the major investment in the bridge infrastructure. It is planned that the trees will be planted by the end of 2022 at the latest. Around 10% of these trees will be made available to schools, charities and public spaces in Rochester and Strood.

The Trust has begun to reduce significantly the carbon impact of its activities and will achieve Carbon Neutrality as follows:

  • For bridge management and maintenance by March 2022
  • For the activities of its own staff and trustees by March 2023
  • For its professional advisor supply chain by March 2024
  • For activities on its investment property estates by March 2025

In addition, the Trust is committed to offsetting the net embodied carbon in projects such as the refurbishment of the Bridge Chapel and Chamber and the construction impacts of development on its land.