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Forestry Statistics 2014 - 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 UK Woodland Carbon Registry. 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 biannual 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 201 projects were registered under the Woodland Carbon Code at 30 June 2014, covering an area of 15.4 thousand hectares of woodland and projected to sequester 5.7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide.

87 projects had been validated by end June 2014, covering an area of 3.1 thousand hectares and projected to sequester 1.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide.

Table 4.3a  Woodland Carbon Code projects in the UK

   Validated    Awaiting
 validation 
     Total    

Number of projects   

     December 2011

3

36

39

     June 2012

17

41

58

     December 2012

22

67

89

     June 2013

42

91

133

     December 2013

 63

 129

 192

     June 2014

 87

 114

 201

Area of woodland (hectares)   

     December 2011

319

1 887

2 206

     June 2012

1 098

1 684

2 782

     December 2012

1 134

1 877

3 011

     June 2013

2 063

12 105

14 168

     December 2013

 2 503

 12 679

 15 183

     June 2014

 3 135

 12 255

 15 390

Projected carbon sequestration1

(thousand tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent)   

     December 2011

137

791

928

     June 2012

474

824

1 298

     December 2012

500

895

1 395

     June 2013

951

4 204

5 154

     December 2013

 1 156

 4 460

 5 617

     June 2014

 1 496

 4 181

 5 676

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 2014 were in England (112), 81 were in Scotland, seven in Wales and one in Northern Ireland (Table 4.3b).

Table 4.3b Woodland Carbon Code projects at 30 June 2014

 

 England 

    Wales  

 Scotland 

Northern
Ireland 

         UK  

Number of projects 

     Validated

 38

3

 46

0

 87

     Awaiting validation 

 74

4

35

1

114

     Total

 112

7

81

1

201

Area of woodland (hectares) 

     Validated

861

52

 2 222

0

 3 135

     Awaiting validation

 1 210

179

 10 858

9

 12 255

     Total

 2 071

231

13 080

9

15 390

Projected carbon sequestration1
(thousand tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent)

     Validated

481

33

982

 0

1 496

     Awaiting validation

 801

84

3 292

 3

4 181

     Total

1 283

116

4 274

3

 5 676

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

Figure 4.3 Projected carbon sequestration of Woodland Carbon Code projects in the UK1

Figure 4.3 Projected carbon sequestration of WCC projects in the UK

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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