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How Many Trees Would It Take To Absorb The UK's CO2 Emissions?

According to the Edgar database, The UK produced 379.15 Megatonnes of CO2 in 2017.

At an average CO2 absorbtion of 48lbs per annum per tree, it would take approximately 17.4 billion trees to absorb The UK's annual CO2 emissions from fossil fuels.

= 1 billion trees

Trees Per Individual In The UK

Per capita, each citizen of The UK produced an average of 5.7 tonnes of CO2 in 2017. It would take approximately 262 trees to absorb each individual's annual CO2 emissions from fossil fuels.

= 1 tree

Notes and references

  1. Annual emission figures for CO2 are based on the EDGAR database created by the European Commission and Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency and are for the year 2017. The figures only include carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels and cement manufacture, which means that actual emissions for each country are likely to be higher [see List of countries by carbon dioxide emissions].
  2. According to NC State University College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, a tree can absorb up to 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year. With 2,204.62 pounds in a metric tonne, it would take at least 45.93 trees to asborb one metric ton of carbon dioxide in a year. [see tree facts].
  3. 1 metric tonne = 2204.62 pounds
  4. 1 megatonne = 1 million metric tonnes.