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With the forest against the climate crisis

 

Sustainably managed forests play an important role in tackling the climate crisis. The Austrian Biomass Association has addressed this issue in detail and presented it with scientific findings in an lavishly animated information film. Among other things, it explains in detail what CO2 is and why wood or biomass as an energy source are CO2-neutral. In this article we have summarized the most important points for you

A climate-friendly future with biomass

“With modern technology, bioenergy can even become CO₂-negative by capturing the carbon during energy production and storing it in the soil. This can even cool the climate after fossil energy phases out. If we combine all this, then the forest will develop a huge potential and together with (…) other renewable energies, this can really be a way out of the climate crisis, which we urgently need” , Andreas Jäger (climate expert).

 

Climate expert explains carbon dioxide cycle

What is CO₂ and what role do plants play in it?

Andreas Jäger, a meterologist and climate expert, explains in the infographic that CO₂ – or carbon dioxide – is a greenhouse gas that is responsible for warming our planet. Still CO₂  remains essential for life on earth, because all plants and other living things need this chemical compound of carbon and oxygen for their energy supply and growth. This is because plants convert CO₂ into biomass with the help of solar energy and water. Put simply, a plant grows by absorbing sunlight, water and CO₂, thus forming branches, leaves, fruits, seeds, and so on. The remaining carbon is released again through plant respiration. In the fall, the leaves and fruits rot and in the spring the cycle begins anew.

This process repeats itself over and over again in a vital plant. This means that for as long as a plant is alive, it absorbs CO₂ and accumulates carbon until the uptake gradually decreases and the tree eventually dies. Then all the carbon escapes back into the air. In the forest, however, young trees are constantly growing back, which also absorb CO₂ – so overall, a forest absorbs about as much CO₂ as it releases. This cycle is in balance, i.e. CO₂-neutral.