Contrary to the widely held view, a recent study has demonstrated that old trees continue to sequester carbon at a greater rate than their younger counterparts.
An international team of scientists collated data on tree growth from 403 species across the world, including tropical, sub-tropical and temperate trees.
The team found that carbon accumulation does scale with size; the largest trees in the study were growing at a rate of over 600 kg per year! This happens because the increase in total leaf area, with increasing tree size, proves to be more important than the declining productivity of leaves as trees age.
United Bank of Carbon is a not-for-profit collaboration between businesses and environmental scientists, which protects and restores forests and other greenery, through environmentally and socially-responsible partnerships with local communities. We undertake research, support forest and woodland projects in the UK and the tropics that deliver CSR/PR benefits, provide carbon reduction consultancy, and arrange offsetting for unavoidable carbon emissions