Ductclean UK Limited, trading as DCUK FM, provide asbestos removal and re-instatement services to high profile and blue chip clients, nationwide. Established since 1998, DCUK FM operate in various industries including retail, mass infrastructure, local authority/government and education. As part of our ISO14001 standards, we are committed to continuous improvement and carbon reduction of our operations.
Our operational activities have an impact on the environment, which is reduced through lifecycle assessment of key aspects and impacts. Where we cannot reduce carbon emissions through initiatives and best practice, we invest in strategic offsetting programmes to minimise our overall impact as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) targets. In May 2020 we began partnering with Forest Carbon who lead the way in UK woodland creation for carbon capture; projects include:
Arnott's Loan: This is a native broadleaf project, south east of Dunbar. The project is the creation of new Oak (75%) woodland which will connect two areas of existing mature native (SSSI) Oak woodlands. In addition there are 15% Silver Birch and 10% woody shrubs. All are planted with feathered upper edges, to ensure sympathetic appearance in valley landscape and improve habitat for Black Grouse. The project will protect 1 mile of watercourse, improving water quality. Existing Gorse cover was cut to allow access, but otherwise retained to preserve worthwhile native habitat and cover. The long term aim of this woodland is to produce utilisable timber on a Continuous Cover basis, with a 100 year rotation, meaning no clear-felling, with instead selective thinning and re-planting ultimately producing an all-age broadleaf woodland. (In mainland Europe this is called 'Close to Nature Forestry, and it has significant biodiversity and carbon benefits in addition to supplying sustainable timber to the UK).
Lowther Whale: This project, part of a larger group at Lowther, represents the conversion of arable and grazing land to sustainable forestry. The projects will all have considerable benefits for wildlife, water quality in local rivers, and downstream flood mitigation. This particular element of the overall project is adjacent to the M6 motorway and will also act as a filter for particulate emissions from vehicles. The projects will all be managed under Continuous Cover Forestry techniques - meaning gradual thinning and replacing of trees to produce an all-age natural forest, with significant biodiversity gain at ground level from doing this. There is no clear-felling, and in Europe this is known as 'Close to Nature Forestry'.