How Much CO2
Do the Trees Offset?

 

Recognising the central role of forests in modulating climate, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has examined the potential for tree planting and improved forest management to sequester CO2.

Since every newly planted tree seedling in the tropics remove an average of 50 kilograms of CO2 from the atmosphere each year during its growth period of 20–50 years, offsetting a minimum of 1 ton, compared with 13 kilograms of CO2 per year for a tree in the temperate regions, much of the afforestation and reforestation opportunity is found in tropical countries.