aerial photo of green trees
  • German forests contribute to climate protection by sequestering carbon
  • Private households and the economy emit 829.0 million tonnes of CO2
  • Forest ecosystems offset a net 6% of annual emissions in Germany

Wiesbaden, Germany — On the occasion of the International Day of Forests on March 21, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) Tuesday said German the country’s woodlands, with their entire ecosystem, absorbed approximately 14.3 million tonnes of carbon, equivalent to around 52.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).

This absorption plays a crucial role in mitigating climate change impacts.

In contrast, private households and various sectors of the economy, including industry, services, and agriculture, were responsible for emitting about 829.0 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).

Consequently, the net absorption by the forest ecosystem in 2021 amounted to 6% of Germany’s annual CO2 emissions.

This data underscores the vital role forests play in balancing environmental impacts and highlights the need for continued efforts to protect and manage these natural resources effectively.

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By Silvia Orfeo

Silvia Orfeo is a Sr. Politics and Economics Reporter at Nobot.News

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