“Forests are a stabilising force for the climate. They regulate ecosystems, protect biodiversity, play an integral part in the carbon cycle, support livelihoods, and supply goods and services that can drive sustainable growth.” Says the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). According to the experts at Forest Research, Great Britain’s principal organisation for forestry and tree-related research, woodlands have recently reduced the atmosphere by 20 million tons of CO2 annually in the UK. Around 213 million tonnes of carbon are bound in living trees in the UK.
In general, further global afforestation is considered one of the most effective means of climate protection. Researchers at ETH Zurich, one of the world’s leading institutes in science and technology, calculated that under current climatic conditions, the earth should ideally be covered with around 4.4 billion hectares of forest. That is 1.6 billion more than at present. Once fully-grown, these new forests could store up to 205 billion tonnes of carbon. That is about two-thirds of the 300 billion tonnes of carbon that have been released into the atmosphere since the Industrial Revolution as a result of industrialisation and human activity.
At Sasse Group, we aim to compensate harmful CO2 gasses through sustainable afforestation. For 20 years, we have been maintaining and developing an area of 157 hectares of forest in the UK. Our forest is home to 175,000 trees, which offset 45,000 tons of carbon dioxide each year.
As a family business, we are not only focused on the present, but also have future generations in mind. Therefore, we regard it as part of our social responsibility to protect the natural habitat of our forests and to do our bit to counteract climate change.