Bringing aviation in line with the Paris agreement: Will flying save the world’s forests?


Last week was a big week for climate policy. Last Tuesday the countries of the EU ratified the Paris agreement, taking it past the threshold required to make it legally binding – which will happen as soon as the 4th of November.

Then on Thursday, the 191 countries of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), who’ve tended to be at the tortoise end of the decarbonisation race,  finally agreed a deal to curb emissions from international aviation, which along with shipping has steadfastly been excluded from all previous climate agreements. So this deal is a big deal. Continue reading Bringing aviation in line with the Paris agreement: Will flying save the world’s forests?

New partners: Samuel Grant Packaging

Following a chance meeting between UBoC’s Tom Bliss and Samuel Grant Packaging’s Martin Harris at the recent Manufactured Yorkshire trade fair, the two organisations are delighted to announce a new collaboration which represents great news for both Samuel Grant Packaging’s customers and projects supported by UBoC.
SGP_SM_LogoThe Samuel Grant Group is based in Leeds, where it was formed in 1891 by the great grandfather of current Directors Andrew and Matthew Grant. Today’s team is fully committed to helping companies reduce packaging waste and associated environmental footprints.

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Paris – When will the UK ratify?

The news that the USA and China have ratified the Paris Agreement is probably the best we’ve heard here at UBoC since 195 countries adopted it by consensus at the Parc des Expositions on the 12th of December last year. (See Piers’ blog at the time).

The totaliser now shows that 180 have since signed, and 26 have formally ratified. And while 26 out of 195 may seem paltry, because China (20.09%) and USA (17.89%) are the world’s two largest emitters, (the third would actually be food waste, but that’s another story) these 26 represent 39% of global emissions; a fair step towards the ‘double threshold’, which requires both 55% of emissions and 55 countries to be committed before L’Accord de Paris finally becomes legally and globally binding.

Tower in Ice

However, apart from these two giants, most of the other ratifiers are tiny, with the vast majority at imminent risk from rising sea levels or other climate dangers: The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cameroon, Cook Islands, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Fiji, Grenada, Guyana, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Nauru, Norway, Palau, Palestine, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles, Somalia and Tuvalu – few score above one percent, and most fall well below. Continue reading Paris – When will the UK ratify?

Delta-ee offset business travel

Delta Energy & Environment is a research and consulting company that provides its clients with independent information, analysis, insight and advice into low carbon heat and distributed energy markets. This year they calculated that they had been responsible for 134 tonnes of unavoidable carbon carbon emissions, which UBoC were pleased to offset on their behalf using certificates for Plan Vivo’s Trees of Hope project in Malawi.Delta

At Delta-ee we produce high quality, client orientated research and consultation on distributed heat and energy, which inevitably involves national and international travel. We always choose the greenest options, but our company still produces some CO2 emissions. So we offset by various means, and this year have again offset all emissions from flights and train journeys with UBoC”. 

Dr Philippa Hardy Research Manager


Middleton Park Schools Heritage Day

On 18th May, children from primary schools around Middleton  took part in the annual Schools Heritage Day at Middleton Park. The event, organised by the Friends of Middleton Park community group provides an opportunity for children to get out of the classroom for a day to take part in a range of activities, including flowerbed design, charcoal making, mini-beast safaris and crown green bowling.

Tom Bliss measures a treeUBoC’s Tom Bliss (Business Development Coordinator) and Dr Cat Scott (LEAF coordinator) provided a workshop on how to identify and measure trees, so that their role in the climate/carbon cycle can be more accurately calculated. Continue reading Middleton Park Schools Heritage Day

Environment and Sustainability Networking in Leeds

UBoC has been working with LEAF to help create a new Leeds-based environment and sustainability network – (the final name of which is yet to be decided).

The project was initially suggested to help improve connectivity between academics from the University of Leeds with local environmental and sustainability charities, community groups, and voluntary organisations – and to help facilitate communication between projects. Continue reading Environment and Sustainability Networking in Leeds

UBoC Team successes

The work of two UBoC team members has recently been recognised by the University of Leeds.

Dom Spracklen has been appointed Professor of Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions, (but the Uni has not updated his page yet 🙂



e.buttAnd Ed Butt has been awarded a postgraduate research publication prize for his first research publication. Ed presented key findings from his most recent research, which is exploring the impacts of historical air quality trends on global health to the Met Office Group at the University of Leeds (MOGUL) Meeting on Air Quality. Ed is now finalising a research paper reporting that work, which will be submitted to a high impact journal over the summer.

Starbons – Carbon Capture breakthrough?

Scientists from the University of York have developed an innovative new green method for capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from power stations, chemical works and other large scale manufacturing plants.

StarbonsThe technique. which involves making ‘Starbons’ (left) from waste biomass, including food peelings and seaweed, was first discovered 10 years ago by the York Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence. They’re thought to provide a greener, more efficient and selective approach to other commercial capture techniques. Continue reading Starbons – Carbon Capture breakthrough?

United Bank of Carbon is a not-for-profit collaboration between businesses and environmental scientists, which protects and restores forests and other greenery, through environmentally and socially-responsible partnerships with local communities. We undertake research, support forest and woodland projects in the UK and the tropics that deliver CSR/PR benefits, provide carbon reduction consultancy, and arrange offsetting for unavoidable carbon emissions