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How much Carbon Dioxide will we capture ?

There is a lot of debate over how much CO² is captured by trees and the science is still developing to accurately determine the extent of the benefits.  

There are numerous Carbon Calculators available on line if you want to work out exactly how much CO² you produce and how many trees you need to plant to offset your emissions.

Reducing your carbon footprint

The figures provided here are simply a guide to the amount of CO² created when various activities are undertaken, and how much CO² (on average) our trees will capture.

  • One tree in our plantation will capture (on average) about ¼ tonne of CO² over its first 30 years of growth.

  • Driving your car (typical 4 or 6 cylinder) car for about 500 kms will produce ¼ tonne of CO²

  • Travelling on a plane for about 2000 kms will create about ¼ tonne of CO². 

  • The energy used in a  typical house  over a year generates about 4 tonnes of  CO².

Put simply, planting one tree and growing it for 30 years will offset a drive of about 500 kms, or a flight of about 2000 kms. Planting 16 trees and growing them for 30 years will offset the energy used in a typical house over one year.

Carboncatchers recognise that planting trees is only an interim step to assist with CO² reduction while technology solutions to global warming are found.

Reduction in energy consumption at home, in transport and through your consumption of goods and services is critically important in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and we do not promote tree planting as an alternative to reducing your  energy consumption.

We actively promote reduction in your carbon footprint as the primary action for everyone to take to reduce future CO² emissions, but Carboncatchers also recognise that not all emissions can be avoided and that there is a need to address the existing CO² levels in the atmosphere.

The natural carbon cycle, including the conversion of CO² into carbon in trees through photosynthesis, is currently the best answer we have for reducing existing greenhouse gas levels.