Everything News Jobs Opportunities Events Products/Services
Go to Home
Sign Up Sign in

Forestry Commission

21 Mar 2012 01:03:12

Woodland Carbon Code is a million tonne winner

Woodland Carbon Code logo
Efforts to boost British forests' contribution to tackling climate change reached a key milestone this week. The amount of carbon dioxide predicted to be removed from the atmosphere by woodland planting projects registered under the new Woodland Carbon Code has passed 1 million tonnes.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the most common of the greenhouse gases causing the atmospheric warming that is changing the Earth’s climate. Growing trees sequester, or remove, carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and this has encouraged increasing numbers of people and organisations to seek opportunities to plant trees as a contribution to tackling climate change.

This demand has stimulated a commercial interest in promoting 'carbon forestry' projects, and the Woodland Carbon Code is a set of standards to ensure that such projects really do deliver the carbon benefits that their promoters claim. Projects can only be certified under the code if they meet its rigorous requirements for sound forest management, sustainability and carbon 'accounting'. It was launched in July 2011 by the Forestry Commission, and uses independent certification companies approved by the UK Accreditation Service to audit project proposals.

Welcoming the million-tonne milestone, Forestry Minister, Lord Taylor of Holbeach, said: "This is excellent news during Climate Week, when we are all focused on what we can do to tackle climate change. It demonstrates that we were right to establish the code. The few short months it has taken for it to reach a million tonnes registered demonstrates that there is an appetite for planting new woodland to reduce our carbon emissions and contribute to the new, ‘green’ economy that we are encouraging.

"I congratulate all those involved, from the landowners who are making land available for tree planting, to the people and organisations who are investing in the projects."

Pam Warhurst, chair of the Forestry Commission, also welcomed the news, adding, "Trees, woods and forests provide all of us with a huge range of benefits, and carbon sequestration is one of them. The Woodland Carbon Code is providing a boost to efforts to provide much-needed new woodland by giving confidence to investors that the project they invest in will 'do what it says on the tin'. It also gives confidence to project promoters, who can now approach investors with credible, independent verification of their projects’ claims."

Further information about the code is available by contacting us.

Discussion Thread  


Related Categories

Clicking a category below will direct you to a list of related information

Skip Navigation Links.

Forestry Commission Community

Linked Items From Forestry Commission

  1. Two new moves announced today are expected to attract significant new investment into UK tree...

    27 Jul 2011
  2. The Forestry Commission is about to test a new quality assurance scheme for tree planting...

    20 Aug 2010

Related Items From Everyone

  1. Following the success of last year's life cycle assessment (LCA) workshops, experts from NNFCC...

    05 Mar 2012
  2. Belgian tomato grower slices energy costs with Cummins Power Generation CHP...

  3. The scheme will reduce CO2 emissions by up 65%

    10 Aug 2009
  4. A series of local-level renewable energy and community power schemes have today (December 17th)...

    17 Dec 2007

Go To Home

Resource Links

We're social: View Available Feeds Find out more! Leave us your feedback


We appreciate all feedback. Please leave as much or as little as you like about any aspect of this website.

If your message requires a response, please leave your email address.