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Figure 4.2 - Net annual change in carbon (CO2 equivalent) in UK woodlands

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Figure 4.2 shows estimated net annual changes in the amount of carbon in living biomass in UK woodlands, starting in 1990 and including projections up to 2050. Changes are expressed in million tonnes of carbon dioxide. The figure is in the form of a stacked area chart, showing annual changes for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The UK total fluctuates between 13 and 17 million tonnes CO2 over the early period, peaking in 2018.  This is followed by a steady decline to 6 million tonnes CO2 in 2043, before the level starts to increase again. Scotland shows most fluctuation over the time period, whilst England shows a steady increase to 2018 followed by a steady decline.  For other parts of the UK, figures are estimated to remain relatively stable over the entire period.