Our community often faces the accusation that our vehicles are 'big and unnecessary polluters'. With transportation now overtaking the power sector to be the biggest producer of pollution in the UK that attention is unlikely to go away.
By balancing our vehicles we can do our part to tackle that perception and help fight climate change. Here at the FBHVC we're big believers in many hands make light work, so if we can all do our own small bit by capturing our vehicles we can have a huge impact together.
The easiest way to support this initiative is to endorse the work of the FBHVC and Tree-V and encourage your members to sign up via the website.
However, if you want to make an even bigger statement then you can build a bespoke package to carbon capture one-off events from drive or ride outs to shows or even capture all your members en masse.
For those organising events you can make sure the miles of your participants or visitors are balanced to impress your green credentials on your members and the communities you drive in!
It really does! Imagine a tree is like a sponge, well over time that tree will soak up all of your vehicle's emissions and lock them in forever. This means that all those carbon dioxide particles your vehicle has produced are no longer floating around the atmosphere.
Cost is dependent on a number of factors, that include your vehicle's efficiency (mpg), miles you drive per year and what type of fuel you use. All of those factors help us work out how many tonnes of carbon you need to capture per year.
As you'd expect, the Federation's Carbon Capture programme embraces all historic vehicles including categories for cars, motorcycles, buses, coaches, lorries, light commercials, military, agricultural and steam vehicles.
With this in mind the FBHVC has worked closely with Tree-V to tailor bespoke prices for Federation members, providing prices for all the vehicle categories in the FBHVC family, in bands that reflect each vehicle type's average usage. All thanks to the data from the recently published 2020/2021 National Historic Vehicle Survey.
As long as the trees that have done that capturing are never burned down then it will last forever! So all those old wooden buildings in medieval towns - they are still balancing carbon emissions from days gone by.
Tree-V works closely with their tree planting partner, Forest Carbon, who are assured by the UK government's Woodland Carbon Code and the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Peatland Co to ensure the correct number of trees are planted.
Before any forestry project begins Forest Carbon will undertake a survey to determine how much carbon will be captured during the project's lifecycle. This calculation takes into account a number of factors; tree species yield class (biomass), soil type and geolocation factors including rainfall. A 20% risk buffer is also planted as part of every project.
Tree-V then calculates, using the latest UK Government emissions conversion tables, how many tonnes each vehicle produces and therefore what percentage of the new project is required for each vehicle. This means you ensure the planting of exactly what is needed to balance the miles you drive.
All projects are subject to verification checks every five years to ensure capturing estimates are being met.
Tree-V are an automotive focused carbon offsetting company set up by a family of classic car enthusiasts. In fact they were inspired to set up Tree-V when buying Myrtle, the Morris Minor! They're passionate about the environment and driving in equal measure, and are determined to provide a way for their fellow enthusiasts to enjoy their hobby, while remaining conscious of the environment.
“Preserve the past, preserve the future” is the Tree-V motto and they believe that all our historic vehicles, regardless of their age, whether they have wheels or tracks, should continue to be turning their wheels and racking up the miles. But let's make those miles green by offsetting and capturing those emissions!
Whilst Tree-V provides the delivery of the scheme and an automotive lens to planting trees, the planting, validation and monitoring of the FBHVC's trees is delivered by Tree-V's tree planting partners, Forest Carbon.
Established in 2006, they've planted over 13 million trees and are certified by the Woodland Carbon Code - which is supported by the UK government and internationally recognised by ICROA (International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance). They make sure they plant the 'right tree in the right place' as required through adherence to the Forestry Commission standards. Think of Tree-V as the oily fingers and Forest Carbon as the green fingers.
Carbon capture is all about the future. Should you choose to carbon capture your emissions you will be investing in the development of new woodland here in the UK. So whilst your emissions from this year aren't immediately captured, they will be over the lifetime of your trees.
A carbon credit represents either the permanent removal of a tonne of CO2e from the atmosphere, or the avoidance of one tonne of CO2e being emitted in the first place, through changes in land use or energy generation.In order to generate carbon credits from emissions removals or avoidance, a project must be demonstrably additional to what would have otherwise occurred.
The beauty of carbon offsetting and capturing is how simple the science is. We all know humans like to breathe oxygen but plants are partial to a bit of carbon dioxide. Well, the more trees we have, the more carbon dioxide is 'breathed' (called sequestering) in and taken out of the atmosphere. On top of that, imagine a tree is like a sponge, over time that tree will soak up all of your vehicle's emissions and lock them in forever. This means that all those carbon dioxide particles your car or bike or lorry has produced are no longer floating around the atmosphere. As long as the trees that have done that offsetting are never burned down then it will be locked in forever!
Any tree you see is playing an important part in the carbon cycle and our tree planting partners use a wide variety. The top 3 species we plant in the UK are Birch, Sitka Spruce and Scots Pine. However, it's not just trees that are doing the heavy lifting on carbon offsetting and capture - peatlands are too!
Forests are also rich in fringe benefits, such as habitat for biodiversity, recreational space, flood mitigation, soil and water protection, and cleaner air. Carbon capture and offsetting begins to deliver some of its other benefits almost immediately (for example the simple act of fencing a new woodland off from grazing instantly improves biodiversity and flood reduction)
The beauty of this scheme is you don't need to work it out yourselves, the FBHVC and Tree-V have done it for you! All you need to do is select your vehicle type and typical mileage.
That's easy, just visit the shop and select the vehicle type you wish offset and select the band size i.e. milage amount from the drop down list and add it to the basket. You can then enter your contact details and shipping address and pay for your item(s). A sticker will be posted to you within 5-10 working days of payment.
Membership lasts for one year on a rolling subscription - so it's just like your car insurance or breakdown cover. We'll get in touch towards the end of your year and remind you to renew!
You'll receive your badge within 5-10 working days of payment.
Firstly, a vehicle is defined as historic when it is more than 30 years old. This scheme works with any vehicle however, a rough rule of thumb should be if the car is made in the 21st century then please purchase a 'modern vehicle' through the FBHVC's website but for anything older please use the historic category.
This is because the mpg of modern cars, and thus the calculations underpinning the amount of tonnes emitted, is significantly different to the mpg figures used for older vehicles.
The number of trees planted is about three per tonne of emissions, with the amount of tonnes captured varying based on vehicle categories and mileage bands as per the FBHVC scheme. Most vehicle categories/bands will require at least 2 or more trees to be planted.
The price charged by the Federation also covers the ongoing management of the trees including the regular cycle of capture verification visits, delivery of the service and sticker and updates provided to the customer throughout the year so there are too many variables to break it down as simply as price per tree.
Tree-V offers two ways to carbon balance - customers can either carbon capture which is the planting of new trees in the UK or carbon offset which is protecting established forestry overseas. Following extensive research looking at a wide range of solutions around the world, it was decided to offer a solution that historic vehicle enthusiasts could easily relate to, hence the planting of trees in the UK although over time other solutions may be offered.
Calculations for how much carbon a tree absorbs takes into account the fact it does this over its lifetime. Whilst a tree will absorb carbon throughout its life, the peak absorption and target is reached in the 15-30 years window, species and location dependent. Our tree planting partners test our projects every five years as part of the ongoing verification process to ensure your trees are on target!
The first planting site has been chosen in Yorkshire but the Federation is very much aware that it has members in all of the devolved nations of the UK. In coming years, we certainly plan to plant trees in all areas of the United Kingdom.
At this moment in time you will only get one sticker per item in your basket, however, you can add multiple items to your basket, which will be taken as one payment, but will get you multiple stickers.
Whilst the mpg of this vehicle will be slightly lower than the figure used for historic cars, by purchasing a mileage band higher than your normal miles (so in this case the 750 mileage band) you will still be capturing the same amount of tonnes. For example, 750 miles at 25mpg equates to 500 miles at 15mpg.
We have included an 'other' category to provide owners with alternative choices for capturing categories. We encourage owners of specialist vehicles to consider the categories offered and use their experience to judge the most appropriate category for their requirements.