The Treeble Effect Explained by International Paper
For every tree that is logged in managed forests, three to four trees are replanted. And as young trees grow, they absorb CO2 from the atmosphere.
Common sense might tell you that the bigger and older the tree, the more carbon it absorbs. But you’d be largely wrong. In fact, young forests are much more efficient at absorbing carbon than old forests. Mature trees absorb carbon more slowly the older they get. In addition, as they get older trees start to naturally decompose, which releases carbon and other greenhouse gases back into the atmosphere.
So to maximize the carbon storage that trees can provide, we need young healthy forests where trees are regularly harvested and re-grown. But the benefit doesn’t stop there because, as a wood product, paper also continues to store carbon throughout its lifetime.