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Forestry Statistics 2017 - 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 annual and quarterly 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 242 projects were registered under the Woodland Carbon Code at 30 June 2017, covering an area of 16.2 thousand hectares of woodland and projected to sequester 6.0 million tonnes of carbon dioxide.

143 projects had been validated by end June 2017, covering an area of 5.0 thousand hectares and projected to sequester 2.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide.

Three projects were verified by the end of June 2017. These projects are projected to sequester 79 thousand tonnes of carbon dioxide.

Table 4.3a Woodland Carbon Code projects1 in the UK

  Validated Awaiting
validation
Verified Total

Number of projects

     December 2011

3

36

0

39

     December 2012

22

67

0

89

     December 2013

63

129

0

192

     December 2014

100

97

0

197

     December 2015

114

106

0

220

     December 2016

 138

102

3

 243

     March 2017 

140

107

3

250

     June 2017

143

96

3

 242

Area of woodland (hectares)

     December 2011

319

1 887

0

2 206

     December 2012

1 134

1 877

0

3 011

     December 2013

2 503

12 679

0

15 183

     December 2014

3 322

12 052

0

15 374

     December 2015

4 015

11 826

0

15 841

     December 2016

4 885

11 012

148

16 046

     March 2017

4 993

11 028

148

16 170

     June 2017

5 020

11 049

148

16 218

Projected carbon sequestration2

(thousand tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent)

     December 2011

137

791

0

928

     December 2012

500

895

0

1 395

     December 2013

1 156

4 460

0

5 617

     December 2014

1 588

4 083

0

5 671

     December 2015

1 956

3 855

0

5 811

     December 2016

2 323

3 475

79

5 876

     March 2017

2 385

3 476

79

5 940

     June 2017

2 417

3 457

79

5 952

Source: Forestry Commission

Notes:
1. Projects can be validated/ verified individually or come together as part of a group. The statistics presented here show the number of projects validated or verified whether they were put through the process individually or as part of a group.
2. 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.
 
Awaiting validation: is when a project or group is undergoing assessment by a certification body.
 
Validated: is the initial evaluation of a project or group against the requirements of the Woodland Carbon Code. Upon completion a project/group will receive a 'Validation Opinion Statement'. The project/group will then be certified for a period of up to 5 years.
  
Verified: Verification is the evaluation of a project as it progresses to confirm the amount of CO2 sequestered to date as well as that it continues to meet the requirements of the Code.

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics


Most of the projects registered under the Woodland Carbon Code at 30 June 2017 were in England (119) and Scotland (101), 21 were in Wales and one in Northern Ireland (Table 4.3b).

Table 4.3b Woodland Carbon Code projects1 at 30 June 2017

 

England

Wales

Scotland

Northern
Ireland

         UK  

Number of projects

     Awaiting validation

53

11

32

0

96

     Validated 

66

10

66

1

143

     Verified

0

0

3

0

3

     Total

119

21

101

1

242

Area of woodland (hectares)

     Awaiting validation

642

32

10 375

0

11 049

     Validated

1 614

275

3 123

9

5 020

     Verified

0

0

148

0

148

     Total

2 256

307

13 647

9

16 218

Projected carbon sequestration2
(thousand tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent)

     Awaiting validation

359

14

3 084

0

3 457

     Validated

903

143

1 368

3

2 417

     Verified

0

0

79

0

79

     Total

1 262

157

4 531

3

5 952

Source: Forestry Commission

Notes:
1. Projects can be validated/ verified individually or come together as part of a group. The statistics presented here show the number of projects validated or verified whether they were put through the process individually or as part of a group.
2. 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.
 
Awaiting validation: is when a project or group is undergoing assessment by a certification body.
 
Validated: is the initial evaluation of a project or group against the requirements of the Woodland Carbon Code. Upon completion a project/group will receive a 'Validation Opinion Statement'. The project/group will then be certified for a period of up to 5 years.
  
Verified: Verification is the evaluation of a project as it progresses to confirm the amount of CO2 sequestered to date as well as that it continues to meet the requirements of the Code.

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

Figure 4.3 Projected carbon sequestration of Woodland Carbon Code projects in the UK1,2

Figure 4.3 Projected carbon sequestration of WCC projects in the UK

Source: Forestry Commission

Notes:
1. Projects can be validated/ verified individually or come together as part of a group.  The statistics presented here show the number of projects validated or verified whether they were put through the process individually or as part of a group.
2. 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.
 
Awaiting validation: is when a project or group is undergoing assessment by a certification body.
 
Validated: is the initial evaluation of a project or group against the requirements of the Woodland Carbon Code. Upon completion a project/group will receive a 'Validation Opinion Statement'. The project/group will then be certified for a period of up to 5 years.
  
Verified: Verification is the evaluation of a project as it progresses to confirm the amount of CO2 sequestered to date as well as that it continues to meet the requirements of the Code.

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

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