“Tree planting is a low-cost way to meet the UK Government’s carbon reduction targets, and now that the UK has signed the Paris Agreement, Confor believes that additional funding should be provided to support more new planting”, explained chief executive Stuart Goodall.
The letter proposes that the new forests contain a significant proportion of productive softwood trees. These fast growing trees sequester carbon more quickly and, when
harvested, they lock that carbon up in wood products, especially when used in construction. Carbon locked up in these “Harvested Wood Products” is also eligible to be accounted for in the UK’s greenhouse gas reporting when the wood produced comes from UK forests.