How much carbon does your type of forest sequester?

February 2, 2021

By: The Working Forest Staff

THE INDEPENDENT (IRELAND) — New Teagasc online tool gives CO2 removal estimates based on tree species and soil types — and it shows how Sitka spruce is twice as effective as a traditional broadleaf woodland in the short term

COVID-19 is dominating our thoughts, but the challenge of dealing with climate change hasn’t gone away.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres recently said: “The decisions we make now will determine the course of the next 30 years and beyond: emissions must fall by half by 2030 and reach net-zero emissions no later than 2050 to reach the 1.5°C goal.

“If we fail to meet these goals, the disruption to economies, societies, and people caused by Covid-19 will pale in comparison to what the climate crisis holds in store.”

The EU has pledged to become the first carbon-neutral bloc by 2050. Nations around the world are (slowly) putting in place strategies to deal with the climate crisis.

Trees have an important role to play with their ability to remove CO2 from the atmosphere and sequester that carbon in soil and wood.  

The benefits include net carbon removals at the forest level, removals through wood products (eg construction timber and furniture), and substituting fossil fuels.

Teagasc has developed an online Forest Carbon Tool (www.teagasc.ie/forestcarbontool) to estimate how much carbon can be removed in various forest scenarios.

You can choose from various grant categories or specific tree species and combine these choices with a range of soil types.

The tool will then estimate for you annual and cumulative sequestration values, derived over two forest cycles.

Activities such as thinning and harvesting are taken into account as they give rise to emissions.

The tool provides general information on the capacity of forests to sequester carbon.

See more HERE.

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