News

Council considers local carbon offsetting scheme

Plan to set up scheme for residents, businesses and schools to offset emissions, reports Simon Allin, Local Democracy Reporter

Tree planting (credit Trees for Cities)
Residents could help ‘offset’ their carbon emission by planting trees (credit Trees for Cities)

Enfield Council is planning to spend up to £100,000 on drawing up proposals to help people offset their carbon emissions.

The council will work with a team of specialists to carry out a feasibility study into a carbon offsetting scheme, which will include gauging local customer demand, ahead of the development of a full business case.

Enfield’s climate action plan pledges to make the council carbon neutral by 2030 and for the whole borough to reach net zero by 2040. Carbon offsetting, which involves paying for schemes such as tree-planting projects that reduce CO2, is expected to help compensate for the emissions that cannot be eliminated by other means.

A report presented to a cabinet meeting on Wednesday revealed a project undertaken earlier this year found there was “potential to create a locally based offsetting platform for both residents and businesses”. Having already outlined plans for an offsetting programme for local businesses, the council wants to extend the programme to include residents.


This story is published by Enfield Dispatch, Enfield's free monthly newspaper and free news website. We are a not-for-profit publication, published by a small social enterprise. We have no rich backers and rely on the support of our readers. Donate or become a supporter.


Tim Leaver, cabinet member for finance and procurement, told the meeting the council would “scope out” a carbon offsetting scheme that would be available to “businesses, schools and, more importantly, Enfield residents”.

He added: “This is about coming up with a platform for people to identify what the carbon exposure is in their actions, it is identifying projects that individuals can […] invest in, and it is a mechanism by which we manage and galvanise that to invest in Enfield.”

The report includes weighing up options for “verified” and “unverified” carbon offsetting schemes.

Cllr Leaver said unverified schemes, such as tree-planting backed by charitable donations, would “logically” reduce carbon, while verified schemes involved more measurements and monitoring. He added: “To actually do the schemes that matter and the large-scale schemes, and to widen the appeal, you do need to look at verified schemes as well.”

The plan to carry out the scoping exercise was unanimously approved by cabinet members.


No news is bad news 

Independent news outlets like ours – reporting for the community without rich backers – are under threat of closure, turning British towns into news deserts. 

The audiences they serve know less, understand less, and can do less. 

In celebration of Indie News Week, Public Interest News Foundation's Indie News Fund will match fund all donations, including new annual supporter subscriptions for the month of June.

If our coverage has helped you understand our community a little bit better, please consider supporting us with a monthly, yearly or one-off donation. 

Choose the news. Don’t lose the news.

Monthly direct debit 

Annual direct debit

£5 per month supporters get a digital copy of each month’s paper before anyone else, £10 per month supporters get a digital copy of each month’s paper before anyone else and a print copy posted to them each month. £50 annual supporters get a digital copy of each month's paper before anyone else.  

Donate now with Pay Pal

More information on supporting us monthly or yearly 

More Information about donations