FORESTS FOR CLIMATE
Forests have a unique role to play in combatting climate change. Well managed forests have a triple climate benefit by:
- acting as a carbon sink, removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as they grow and releasing pure oxygen
- creating a natural carbon store, storing the absorbed carbon in wood and woody products
- using wood and wood products as a substitute for carbon heavy products such as steel and concrete
Coillte recognises the important and unique role trees and Irish forests can play in helping to address climate change. We are working to manage our forests to better capture all their carbon benefits.
COILLTE'S FUTURE AMBITIONS AIM TO:
Enable the creation of 100,000 hectares of new forests, half of which will be native woodlands, that will potentially sink 18 million tonnes of CO2 by 2050
Manage the existing forest estate to increase the carbon store by 10 million tonnes of CO2 by 2050
Redesign 30,000 hectares of peatland forests for climate and ecological benefits by 2050
Enable the generation of an additional 1 Gigawatt of renewable wind energy to power 500,000 homes by 2030
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FOREST MANAGEMENT CAN HELP CLIMATE CHANGE
We aim to enable the creation of 100,000 hectares of new forests, half of which will be native woodlands, which will increase tree cover and absorb a potential 18 million tonnes of CO₂ equivalents by 2050
Faster Growing Trees Remove more CO2
Faster growing trees actively remove more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and convert it to wood while at the same time releasing pure oxygen
FORESTS PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN REDUCING CLIMATE CHANGE EFFECTS
Forests have a triple carbon benefit, capturing carbon as the trees grow, storing the carbon in their wood and using wood substitutes other carbon heavy products
WOOD AND WOOD PRODUCTS STORE CARBON
Choosing wood and wood products instead of non-renewable energy intensive products and fossil fuels helps reduce the effects of climate change
FORESTS FOR WOOD
Wood products from our sustainably managed forests have a significant role to play in climate change mitigation.