Ireland: Hedgerows could offset carbon emissions in future

22 July 2014

A new report for the Environmental Protection Agency has found that an expansion in hedgerow and non-forest woodlands in Ireland could make a significant contribution to reducing the amount of carbon in the atmosphere.

The report also showed how it is possible to measure that contribution using modern light detection and ranging technology.

Under the Kyoto Protocol, it would be possible in the future for Ireland to use the carbon sink activity of new hedgerows to offset carbon emissions elsewhere in the economy.

The report estimates that hedgerows and non-forest woodlands have the potential to take up to 3.3 tonnes of carbon dioxide per hectare out of Ireland's atmosphere each year.

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