Submitted by: Martyn Eustace 12/03/2012
870 million tonnes of CO2 removed by European forests - every year!
Source: Between 2005 and 2010, about 870 million tonnes of CO 2 have been removed annually from the atmosphere by photosynthesis and tree biomass growth in the European countries. This corresponds to about 10 percent of the green house gas emissions in 2008 of these countries, as presented in the report “State of Europe’s Forests 2011. Further substantial amounts of carbon are stored in forest litter and soils, as well as in wood based products. Sustainable forest management produces environmental-friendly material. Forest biomass, wood processing residues and recovered wood represent important sources of renewable energy, which can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by replacing fossil fuels.
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