The UK has set itself a target of reducing all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. In order to achieve this, we must not only become more resource efficient and use renewable energy, but also capture the carbon dioxide we produce.
Trees help mitigate climate change by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere (carbon sequestration). Carbon Plantation's intention is to convert areas of previously intensively farmed agricultural land (such as the Euston Estate in Suffolk) into woodland pasture. One of our key objectives is to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere using woodland carbon, but also to improve soil health and increase biodiversity on the sites.
To achieve our goals and contribute to the UK Government's Net Zero Strategy, we have identified a fast-growing hardwood tree called Phoenix One®, a sterile (and therefore non-invasive) hybrid of Paulownia, which is strong yet unusually light and with attractive insulation properties.
The fast-growing nature of Phoenix One® makes it particularly effective at carbon sequestration, and also provides a regular supply of exceptional, locally grown timber with a wide range of uses. This makes such plantations commercially viable undertakings with many environmental benefits and in line with the UK Governments Net Zero goals.