Forestry Fact 4:

Timber contributes to reducing CO2 levels in the atmosphere in three ways:

  • by carbon capture in the growing forest carbon sink
  • by carbon capture in the increasing wood product carbon store
  • and by substitution for CO2-intensive materials.
  • by carbon capture in the growing forest carbon sink
  • by carbon capture in the increasing wood product carbon store
  • and by substitution for CO2-intensive materials.

References

A research study in southern Scotland concluded that a modern productive forest locks up more carbon each year per hectare – 7.3 tonnes – than is emitted annually by the average person. A major element of this is from carbon locked up in wood products and used in place of less carbon-positive materials like steel, concrete and plastic.

Source: https://www.confor.org.uk/news/latest-news/eskdalemuir-carbon-report/

Over 70% of the UK-produced softwood goes to sawmills or wood-based panel manufacturers for use in long-life products like construction.

Source: https://www.forestresearch.gov.uk/tools-and-resources/statistics/forestry-statistics/forestry-statistics-2019/uk-grown-timber/