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Kew to be C positive by 2030

Kew to be C positive by 2030 25 May 2021

‘Beyond net zero’: Kew Gardens sets its sights on becoming ‘climate positive’ by 2030 (via Business Green)

By Jessica Rawnsley

Organisation pledges to slash its emissions while using its platform to educate people about sustainable lifestyles.

The Royal Botanic Gardens (RBG) at Kew has today declared it will go “beyond Net Zero” with the commitment to become ‘Climate Positive’ by 2030.

The overarching goal is just one of a string of pledges set out in Kew’s first Sustainability Strategy – part of its 10–year ‘Our Manifesto for Change’ – which aims to rapidly reduce the organisation’s carbon footprint and utilise its global reputation to drive wider action to combat climate change.

“As a global plant science institution and visitor attraction we have a unique responsibility to act now,” said Kew’s director Richard Deverell. “Failing to take urgent action will cost us severely and will leave us unprepared for the unprecedented challenges of the decades to come.”

Emissions across Kew’s sites and activities will be cut as rapidly as possible, and any unavoidable emissions will be “more–than–offset” through investments in nature–based carbon sinks, the scientific organisation declared. The new plan will build on progress already made at the organisation’s two UK sites – Kew Gardens and Wakehurst – which has seen it install solar panels, upgrade vehicles to 100 per cent electric, launch a project to measure the carbon sequestration potential of trees and land at both sites, and build sustainable timber buildings.

An internationally important botanic research and education institution, RBG Kew said it would also harness its workforce of leading plant scientists and global partnership networks to meet its goals and leverage Kew’s expertise in collaboration with others. A huge effort from the horticulture and scientific sectors, heritage and estate sectors, and the wider public, will be needed to avert a climate catastrophe, it said.

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