66°North and the Forestry of Iceland
66°North officially signed a contract with the Icelandic Forestry Association (IFA) for the next forty years to build a forest in the name of 66°North. The partnership was signed in Úlfljótsvatn on May 29, 2021 by Helgi Rúnar Óskarsson, the CEO of 66°North and Jónatan Garðarsson, the chairman of the IFA.
The partnership involves planting around 11,000 trees over the next five years. 66°North has carbon offset its emissions in 2019 and 2020 in collaboration with Kolviður (Iceland Carbon Fund) by investing in the planting of 2,741 trees and the collaboration with the IFA is in addition to that.
The first step towards the 66°North forest was taken May 29, 2021 where the staff of 66°North and their families planted 100 trees. The next tree planting took place in October 2021. The work is being done according to a certain plan so the end result will be a varied and beautiful forest.
Growing the 66°North forest, one tree at a time.
In early October, our team and their families got together at the 66°North forestry and planted over 2.000 trees. The effort is a part of a larger carbon offsetting initiative involving the planting of around 11,000 trees over the next five years.
At 66˚North we believe these offsets should be at a human scale. That means we will always ensure our need for offsets is so low that we can offset our annual carbon footprint in a single day, with trees planted by our own staff. If our need for carbon offsets has grown beyond that scale, we have become too big.