The UK Government has committed to the ambitious task of achieving ‘net zero’ greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. However, some emissions from farming, aviation and other activities are very difficult to eliminate. So to reach net zero the UK must also directly remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere amounting to the equivalent of 100 million tonnes of carbon dioxide/year.
NetZeroPlus will help build up the knowledge needed in the UK and beyond, to answer the surprisingly challenging questions of finding ‘the right tree in the right place’ and setting the UK on the path to delivering net zero emissions by 2050.
NetZeroPlus is working with world leading researchers on woodland science at Forest Research, the National Trust, Forestry England, Scottish Forestry and Natural Resources Wales. Project partners including Network Rail and the Ministry of Defence, as well as over 1400 private sector land owners, bring a wealth of woodland knowledge, provide direct access to a range of land holding sites, and are keen to use the tools and outputs from NetZeroPlus to inform over 74,000 hectares of self-funded planting. Working in partnership with this range of stakeholders, and being challenged to find solutions to ‘on the ground’ questions such as the specific narrow, rail side land holdings of Network Rail, ensures our research will provide answers long term and beyond our experimental sites for our UK partners and beyond.
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