By adding nutrients to well managed young and middleage forests – which without our project would not have the measure – we increase the forests sequestration of carbon dioxide.
Roughly 69 % of Sweden’s total land area is covered by forests. The forest is like a gigantic solar panel which has an annual net sequestration of 40 000 000 tons of CO2.
On one hectar of forest land our measure can increase the sequstration with more than 20 tons of CO2 over eight years. Then the forest stands returns to its normal growth rate.
Sometimes in normal forestry practices fertilizers are added to older forest stands ten years before the harvest to increase the yield. In such cases it is a good investment for the landowner. We conduct the measure early in the rotation which means the sequstrated CO2 remains in the trees for a time of 50 + years above ground and much longer in the soil below ground.
To mitigate climate change we increase the sequestration of carefully selected parts of the swedish forests. Our goal is to annually increase sequestration by more than 2 000 000 tonnes of carbon dioxide until the year 2050.