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About the Environment Bank

The Environment Bank is a private company working to broker biodiversity offsetting agreements for both developers and landowners.

As an impartial adviser, we calculate the environmental impact of development proposals using approved Government metrics. Our ecological experts can then match a developer’s offset requirements with sites put forward by landowners and conservationists who have conservation credits available to sell in exchange for creating or enhancing habitats to generate biodiversity gain on their land.

Please note that the Environment Bank is not a ‘habitat bank’, we are an offset broker – we do not own or manage land, our role is to register potential offset sites and to match them to the needs of developers and local planning authorities – the right type of site, of the right size, in the right place, at the right time, for the right cost.

And if we do not have a suitable site already registered, we can actively and efficiently search for land using our partners (such as AB Agri), or facilitate an offset arrangement on land already owned by a developer or even the planning authority.

Thereafter, our legal and fiscal systems assure planning authorities that such offsets have been arranged independently and delivery will be overseen and guaranteed in the long-term.

How biodiversity offsetting works

Like any business agreement that involves multiple parties and a financial exchange, independent brokers are the best way to remove conflicts of interest. International experience in biodiversity offsetting allows us to provide an objective service to landowners, developers and Local Planning Authorities when they come together to negotiate compensation for environmental impacts. We can:

1. Calculate impacts/offset requirements for developers using a government metric

2. Calculate the number of conservation credits available for sale at offset sites

3. Broker conservation credits via our online registry, the Environmental Markets Exchange

4. Facilitate conservation credit sales, backed by legal agreements

5. Monitor and ensure long-term delivery of biodiversity management plans.

We are also involved in the development of other eco-markets, so contact us if you’d like to talk about carbon or water credits.