Why wood is carbon neutral
Wood is classed as a sustainable, and renewable form of energy.
During their growth, trees absorb CO2 from the atmosphere, which is then converted to carbon. So when you burn a tree, you are only releasing the carbon the tree had stored up during its lifetime.
Wood waste (or slash), is produced during the forestry harvesting process. Often this waste is left to rot on the ground which can cause a fire risk, or be hazardous during heavy rain or flooding. Collecting this wood waste rather than leaving it to rot on the ground has an overall positive impact by preventing soil erosion and damage to waterways, and it allows for further planting of trees, continuing the carbon cycle.
It’s not just us that thinks so either – the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced the burning of forestry biomass would be classed as carbon neutral, joining the UK and European Union (EU).