2.04 - How much CO2 can a tree capture?
On average we consider a tree to offset 200 kilograms of CO2 over its lifetime, or approximately 10 kilograms per year during a period of 20 years. However the CO2 captured by a tree varies greatly depending on the species, but also depending on the soil and climate conditions where the tree is planted.
Some regions, like the tropics will be ideal to store higher values of CO2 but also, importantly, to store it faster. Fast growing species will also be ideal candidates to influence the speed of capturing CO2.
With more than 300 species in Tree-Nation we register values going from a few kilograms of CO2 to more than a ton over the lifetime of a tree. Although a tree will capture carbon during most of its life, its initial growth period will register the highest rate of carbon absorption. To follow global established standards we only consider the first 20 years of the life of the tree, effectively capping it’s total CO2 offset value.
On Tree-Nation you can know the estimated CO2 capture value for each species in every project. For this browse the Species section of any project, for example this one at La Pedregoza to discover the CO2 capture values of each species (among its other characteristics).