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Forestry Statistics 2015 - UK Forests and Climate Change

Forest carbon stock

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The total carbon in UK forests is estimated to have increased between 1990 and 2015 (Table 4.1). The carbon in forest soils accounts for most (around 75%) of total forest carbon.

Table 4.1 Forest carbon stock

 

1990

2000

2005

2010

2015 

million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent

Carbon in above-ground biomass

360 471 527 583 639

Carbon in below-ground biomass

129 170 190 210 230

Carbon in dead wood

9

10 10 10 10

Carbon in litter

165 175 179 182 187

Soil carbon 1

2 366 2 533 2 594 2 629 2 715

Total forest carbon

3 029 3 359 3 500 3 614  3 781

Source: Forestry Commission

Notes

1.  Carbon in soil depth 0 to 100 cm.

2.  To convert tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) to tonnes carbon (C), multiply by 12/44.

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

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