Oil giant BP has been accused of “greenwashing” after stumping up £2m to expand Scotland’s native woodlands. Up to one million trees will be planted under a three-year pilot scheme that aims to encourage farmers to grow species such as Scots pine, oak and birch to help tackle the climate crisis. Future Woodlands Scotland, a charity managing the scheme, said the pilot had been made possible “through generous funding from BP” and could be rolled out if successful. The move has provoked criticism from opposition politicians and environmental campaigners. While BP has pledged to become a net-zero carbon company by 2050 or sooner, there are concerns about the impact of its oil and gas production. However, the company says it will increase investment in low-carbon measures and cut oil and gas production by 40% by 2030.
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