Massive afforestation needed to meet net-zero carbon aspirations, says report

Meeting the National Farmers Union’s target of net-zero carbon emissions from land use by 2040 implies banning peat burning and planting 70,000 hectares of woodland per year, says the Green Alliance.

The area needed to be afforested is just larger than that of Derby, or about half that of Bristol, which the report released yesterday admits is an ambitious goal. However, the rate needed is only 40% greater than the peak rate of tree planting seen in the 1970s, it noted.

Thus far, the government’s decarbonisation policies have largely neglected land management and emissions from agriculture have not fallen since 2008, the Green Alliance observed.

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