Irish Timber Growers Association call for Carbon payments for landowners who plant trees

The Irish Timber Growers Association (ITGA) have called for a mechanism to facilitate Carbon payments for landowners who plant trees and are calling for a Forest Carbon Code to be established in Ireland supported by Government that will facilitate such a credible Voluntary Carbon Offsets scheme for tree planting.

The association have made the case that woodland creation and sustainable forest management should be a source of income for growers through their carbon storage capability. This possibility is a reality in the UK, through their Woodland Carbon Code which provides reassurance about the carbon savings that companies can achieve by being associated with woodland planting projects.

Donal Whelan of the Irish Timber Growers Association stated that, 'there is now a massive worldwide market for such Voluntary Carbon Offsets and Ireland will miss out on this opportunity if we don’t establish such a credible and verifiable Forest Carbon Code'.

For full details, see ITGA Press Release 'GROWERS AND CARBON PAYMENTS'.

For further information, contact:
Donal Whelan, Technical Director, Irish Timber Growers Association
Tel: 087 2209422


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