Forestry Statistics 2012 - UK Forests and Climate Change

Woodland Carbon Code

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The Woodland Carbon Code is a voluntary standard, initiated in July 2011, for woodland creation projects that make claims about the carbon they sequester (take out of the atmosphere).

All projects must be placed on the Register of UK Woodland Carbon Projects. Their claims about potential carbon sequestration are validated by an independent certification body. Validated projects are then verified on a regular basis to confirm the progress of carbon sequestration.

Further information on Woodland Carbon Code projects is provided in the Sources chapter and at www.forestry.gov.uk/carboncode

Table 4.3a provides quarterly data on projects registered under the Woodland Carbon Code since September 2011. The table provides information on the number of projects, area of woodland covered by the projects and the total projected carbon sequestration over the lifetime (up to 100 years) of the projects.

A total of 58 projects were registered under the Woodland Carbon Code at 30 June 2012, covering an area of 2.8 thousand hectares of woodland and projected to sequester 1.3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide.

17 projects had been validated by end June 2012, covering an area of 1.1 thousand hectares and projected to sequester 0.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide.

Table 4.3a  Woodland Carbon Code projects in the UK

   Validated    Awaiting
 validation 
     Total    

Number of projects   

     September 2011

2

25

27

     December 2011

3

36

39

     March 2012

11

46

57

     June 2012

17

41

58

Area of woodland (hectares)   

     September 2011

49

1 679

1 728

     December 2011

319

1 887

2 206

     March 2012

795

1 972

2 767

     June 2012

1 098

1 684

2 782

Projected carbon sequestration1

(thousand tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent)   

     September 2011

26

722

748

     December 2011

137

791

928

     March 2012

354

930

1 283

     June 2012

474

824

1 298

Source: Forestry Commission

Notes:

1. Figures for carbon sequestration indicate the total projected sequestration of the projects over their lifetime of up to 100 years, and include the amount claimable by a project plus the amount allocated to a shared "buffer" in case of unanticipated losses.

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics


Most of the projects registered under the Woodland Carbon Code at 30 June 2012 were in Scotland (37), 15 were in England, 4 in Wales and 1 in Northern Ireland (Table 4.3b).

Table 4.3b Woodland Carbon Code projects at 30 June 2012

 

 England 

    Wales  

 Scotland 

Northern
Ireland 

         UK  

Number of projects 

     Validated

 2

1

 14

0

 17

     Awaiting validation            

 13

4

 23

1

41

     Total

 15

5

 37

1

58

Area of woodland (hectares) 

     Validated

46

 29

 1 023

 0

 1 098

     Awaiting validation

 478

 181

 1 020

 5

 1 684

     Total

 524

210

 2 043

5

 2 782

Projected carbon sequestration1
(thousand tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent)

     Validated

 29

 18

 427

 0

 474

     Awaiting validation

 312

 86

 422

 4

 824

     Total

341

 104

849

 4

 1 298

Source: Forestry Commission

Notes:

1. Figures for carbon sequestration indicate the total projected sequestration of the projects over their lifetime of up to 100 years, and include the amount claimable by a project plus the amount allocated to a shared "buffer" in case of unanticipated losses.

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

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