In addition, the amount of carbon stored in the ground increases every year. All together, this creates a yearly net carbon sequestration of 40 million tonnes in the forest. This can be compared to total net emissions from other social sectors in Sweden, which add up to about 50 million tonnes per year, the bulk of which comes from industry and domestic transport. Thanks to our forests, Sweden’s contribution to the increase in atmospheric CO2 is “only” 10 million tonnes per year.
We are starting now
Growing forests are unimaginably important carbon traps that are making a tangible contribution to mitigating global heating. Forests are a strategic resource for reducing human impacts on climate change. Growing forests mean more to the climate than all of the other actions we are taking combined. Obviously, we need to look at how we can further develop forests and forestry.
With that in mind, we are turning to entrepreneurs, innovators, financiers, consumers, researchers, politicians, decisionmakers and forest owners. Together we can develop forests as a strategic resource to fight climate change and create a sustainable social structure. And we are not waiting around for others to ponder the issue. We are starting now.