Delkia, a Cumbria based systems integrator held a tree planting ceremony back in March to kick of their carbon reduction plan. 

Along with many other businesses across the UK, Delkia are striving to achieve Net Zero by 2050. 

The tree planting ceremony took place at 10am on March 17, 2022, with the entire Egremont branch taking part in the planting. The team planted 90 trees in Feather Knott, in an area that spans 34 acres, joining 12,000 other trees planted on the site already. 

Ray Watson, the landowner of the site, holds a High Level Stewardship with Natural England requiring he undertakes environmental management schemes that offer benefits to high-priority areas.

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Kurt Canfield, managing director at Delkia said: "This ceremony marks Delkia’s commitment to its carbon reduction plan. We’re planting a native species, Alder, which will help offset our carbon footprint.

"Trees typically absorb between 20-25 kg of CO2 per year when fully grown, so in 20 years our trees could be absorbing over 1.8 tonnes of CO2."

Alder was the tree of choice for the business as it provides a natural habitat for more than 90 different types of insect and small bird species.

The species is also resilient and adaptable in harsh weather conditions because of its water-resistant wood and thick foliage, ensuring it will keep growing in Feather Knott for decades to come.

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In October 2021, following the UK Government’s announcement, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy published a policy paper on how businesses can build back greener.

Delkia’s first carbon reduction target is to reduce emissions by ten per cent over the next five years. This would reduce Delkia’s total emissions from 5,168.39 t to 4,651.55 t.

As well as the tree planting ceremony, Delkia is also planning to use the area in July to spread seeds in an effort to offset its carbon emissions further.

The SME is also currently working towards achieving ISO 14001, the Environmental Management System certification.

If you’re interested in learning more about Delkia’s carbon reduction plan and its sustainable environmental growth strategy, download the plan on its website at