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 2020. The carbon footprint of the project was calculated and the Trust has planted 8,000 trees in a new woodland plantation in Kent to offset the carbon impacts of this major investment in the bridge infrastructure. In addition, a number of street trees have been planted in Rochester. Together these new trees will make the bridge refurbishment Carbon Neutral over the lifetime of the trees.

The Trust committed to achieving Net Zero Carbon status for its routine bridge maintenance by March 2022 and this has been achieved by changes in working practices delivering a reduction in carbon of over 88%.

The next targets are to achieve:

  • Net Zero Carbon for the activities of its own staff and trustees by March 2023;
  • carbon neutrality for its professional advisor supply chain by March 2024; and
  • carbon neutrality 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.