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Forestry Statistics 2015 - 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. 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 204 projects were registered under the Woodland Carbon Code at 30 June 2015, covering an area of 15.4 thousand hectares of woodland and projected to sequester 5.7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide.

101 projects had been validated by end June 2015, covering an area of 3.3 thousand hectares and projected to sequester 1.6 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

     December 2012

22

67

89

     December 2013

63

129

192

     March 2014

67

135

202

     June 2014

 87

 114

 201

     September 2014

 89

 112

 201

     December 2014

100

97

197

     March 2015

100

99

199

     June 2015

101

103

204

Area of woodland (hectares)   

     December 2011

319

1 887

2 206

     December 2012

1 134

1 877

3 011

     December 2013

2 503

12 679

15 183

     March 2014

2 824

12 576

15 401

     June 2014

3 135

12 255

15 390

     September 2014

3 201

12 188

15 389

     December 2014

3 322

12 052

15 374

     March 2015

 3 322

 12 063

 15 385

     June 2015

 3 323

 12 080

 15 403

Projected carbon sequestration1

(thousand tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent)   

     December 2011

137

791

928

     December 2012

500

895

1 395

     December 2013

1 156

4 460

5 617

     March 2014

1 323

4 364

5 687

     June 2014

1 496

4 181

5 676

     September 2014

1 528

4 154

5 682

     December 2014

 1 588

 4 083

 5 671

     March 2015

1 588

4 091

5 679

     June 2015

 1 588

 4 108

 5 696

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 2015 were in England (112), 84 were in Scotland, seven in Wales and one in Northern Ireland (Table 4.3b).

Table 4.3b Woodland Carbon Code projects at 30 June 2015

 

 England 

    Wales  

 Scotland 

Northern
Ireland 

         UK  

Number of projects 

     Validated

 44

3

 53

1

101

     Awaiting validation 

 68

4

31

0

103

     Total

 112

7

84

1

204

Area of woodland (hectares) 

     Validated

895

52

 2 367

9

 3 323

     Awaiting validation

 1 099

179

 10 802

0

 12 080

     Total

 1 994

231

13 169

9

15 403

Projected carbon sequestration1
(thousand tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent)

     Validated

498

33

1 055

 3

1 588

     Awaiting validation

 741

84

3 283

 0

4 108

     Total

1 239

116

4 338

3

 5 696

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

Links to Forestry Statistics 2015