Forestry Fact 4:
Timber contributes to reducing CO2 levels in the atmosphere in three ways:
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.
Over 70% of the UK-produced softwood goes to sawmills or wood-based panel manufacturers for use in long-life products like construction.