Carbon Capture and Storage
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the most common of the greenhouse gases, which are changing the earth’s climate through atmospheric warming. Growing trees sequester (absorb, take out of the atmosphere) CO2 and use carbon atoms to form wood while emitting oxygen back into the atmosphere. The amounts of CO2 removed from the atmosphere by the growing trees are measurable and are defined as Woodland Carbon Units (WCUs).
The average person’s annual carbon footprint in the UK is around 7 tonnes of CO2. Just one hectare of new native woodland can lock up 6 to 8 tonnes of CO2 per year over the first 50 years of growth meaning a new woodland is the ideal way to lock up our carbon.
Woodland Carbon Code
The Woodland Carbon Code is a voluntary standard, initiated in July 2011, for woodland creation projects that make claims about the carbon they lock up. Independently validation and regular verification is required to provide assurance that the scheme is well managed and will capture the amount of carbon claimed by the owner.
Woodland Creation Scotland staff are experienced and have successfully taken woodland creation schemes through this process which gives confidence to the purchasers and a financial return to the owner.