Welcome to The Green Offset
A brokerage system to match Offset Seekers with Offset Providers
For Offset Providers we offer a simple way to market land for provision of offset sites and other opportunities.
For Offset Seekers we offer a simple and low cost way to search for offset sites and other land requirements.
What is the Green Offset?
In response to the increasing demand for the identification of suitable sites for biodiversity net gain, The Green Offset, provided by Fisher German, offer a system that links offset providers with offset seekers.
Fisher German’s expertise and long standing relationships with clients ensures we can provide the best guidance throughout. We have a proven track record of success and the extensive knowledge within agriculture, property development and sustainable energy required to advise our clients so that they are in an optimum position to take advantage of opportunities as they emerge.
Biodiversity Net Gain is an approach to development that leaves biodiversity in a measurably better state than before the development took place. For example, if a woodland is destroyed to make way for a new road, losses would occur in terms of carbon sequestration, water filtration and recreational use, these losses can be mitigated or compensated for by Biodiversity Net Gain.
The introduction of Biodiversity Net Gain represents a major change to the way development is managed and potentially has far wider implications for the management of land in the UK.
Several local authorities are already making Biodiversity Net Gain a necessity for planning in their areas and many developers and organisations have embraced the concept of Biodiversity Net Gain ahead of Government legislation.
The Environment Bill, which is currently making its way through Parliament, proposes the introduction of a requirement for all new development to deliver a 10% Biodiversity Net Gain once the legislation is passed.
This means that, when bringing forward land, a developer will need to show not just how they will retain natural habitat, but also provide an overall increase in natural habitat and ecological features. The requirement to deliver a net gain will be introduced via the planning system and will be a condition of any planning consent.
Natural Capital is defined as ‘elements of nature that directly or indirectly produce value to people’, including ecosystems, species, freshwater, land, minerals, the air and oceans’.
Traditionally the benefits derived from these Natural Capital assets has not been given a financial value and therefore its use has not been accounted for. This has led to a situation where benefits derived from natural assets are over-exploited for short term gains rather than maintained for their long-term benefits, causing major implications for sustainability. Advocates argue that by assigning a value to the less obvious benefits of Natural Capital, they can be more easily incorporated into decision-making processes leading to better management of our natural assets.
How does it work for Offset Providers?
An Offset Provider is someone who has land available which could be suitable for the siting of an offset. There is no restriction on the type of land which can be registered; in fact, land which is not already designated for any environmental reason and is simply bare arable land is ideal in many cases. Learn more
How does it work for Offset Seekers?
An Offset Seeker can use the search area on the Green Offset homepage to view any registered land holdings in the area of interest. Each land area available will be detailed, showing the size of the holding and the type of offset schemes that an Offset Provider would be willing to see on the land. You will also see whether any environmental assessments have been completed on the land. Learn more