UK-based packaging company McLaren Packaging has invested in a carbon offsetting project in Argyllshire, Scotland, as part of its commitment to sustainability.

The Millhouse tree-planting project will create a woodland of 68,000 trees over a 34.5ha area.

It is managed by Forest Carbon and complies with the Woodland Carbon Code, the quality standard for woodland creation projects in the UK.

The exact amount of the investment is not disclosed, but local media has reported it to be around £150,000 ($203,175).

The investment is in line with McLaren Packaging’s aim to operate with minimal impact on the environment and serve the communities within which it operates.

McLaren Packaging sales and marketing managing director Michael McLaren said: “The Millhouse project allows us to offset operational emissions, such as from the use of natural gas for heating and diesel for transport as well as emissions from our employees’ commutes to work and business travel, which are difficult to avoid today.

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“We believe emissions should be sequestered where they are created, via a verified nature-based scheme, which is why we have invested in woodland creation in Argyll and Bute, less than 25 miles from our production sites in Port Glasgow.

“Not only will this help minimise our carbon footprint, it will also help our customers achieve the same.”

Forest Carbon director Stephen Prior said: “Through the planting of more than 15 million new trees since 2006, our partners’ projects are removing nearly four million tonnes of CO₂ from the atmosphere.

“Projects such as the one supported by McLaren helps us provide a host of other benefits to society, including flood mitigation, enhanced biodiversity and increased investment in the UK forestry sector.”

McLaren Packaging specialises in designing and manufacturing premium, paper-based packaging, primarily for the UK drinks industry.

The company has committed to halving its carbon emissions by 2030 and becoming net-zero before 2050.