What is carbon sequestration?

Carbon dioxide is not just a gas – it´s much more. Carbon dioxide enables plants to photosynthesize and form oxygen necessary for life in plants. However, excessive free carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is harmful to the earth and to us. If emissions cannot be reduced, they must be compensated. The first step in carbon sequestration is the photosynthesis of trees and other plants. Their biomass contains approximately half the carbon in their dry mass. As trees grow, they absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and release oxygen – this is called photosynthesis.

 The tree stores carbon dioxide in its wood. Approximately 200 kg of carbon is bound in one cubic meter of wood. Carbon is also bound in the soil and especially in the peat layer in the swamp. Surface vegetation also binds carbon. Real actions for the environment When you buy our carbon sequestration services, you can be assured that we operate in a responsible manner. Sustainable operations are the foundation of our company, and we are constantly improving our services to ensure effective environmental actions.

Real impact on the environment

When you buy carbon sequestration services through us, you can be sure that you are making a real impact on the environment. 

The additional carbon stock gain and sequestration

We plant trees on areas that would not otherwise be forested or where afforestation would not be otherwise reasonable or economical. Seedlings are also planted 20% more than calculated to ensure that carbon sequestration will be achieved.


You will receive exact coordinates of your area. You can visit the site yourself or we can arrange a visit to the area.


We manage carbon sinks according to sustainable forest management principles. We replace damaged tree seedlings, and our forests are insured.


We value the fact that we own the land on where we plant trees. Only in this way we can be sure that the trees will be able to grow peacefully until the end of their life cycle.

Carbon storage

When carbon sequestration slows down, long-term carbon storage is ensured, for example by converting trees into biochar or building materials

Frequently asked questions about carbon sequestration

Trees, plants, forests and fields all act as carbon sinks. A carbon sink absorbs carbon dioxide from the air. When a forest binds more carbon dioxide than it releases, it is a carbon sink.

A carbon footprint is the climate burden caused by a product, activity or service, i.e. the amount of greenhouse gases emitted during the lifecycle of a product or activity. This is commonly referred to as carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and is expressed in mass (kg). Carbon offsetting is a payment for carbon dioxide emissions to sequester carbon dioxide. Wood Forest builds carbon sinks by afforesting peatlands and other wasteland that would otherwise not be afforested and therefore not sequester carbon.

There are several calculators to determine your carbon footprint. For example, try the Sitra Lifestyle Test.

Carbon offsetting is a financial compensation used to offset the negative climate impacts caused by your own emissions. Revenue from carbon offsetting is used to reduce emissions or increase carbon sinks.
The purpose of carbon offsets is to compensate for the emissions they cause and to slow down/prevent the progression of climate change. The main way is to reduce own emissions and offset the remaining obligatory emissions.
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dditional offsetting means that offsetting would not have taken place in any case. For example, a field does not become afforested by itself; instead, hay takes over the area from the trees. Additional carbon offsetting also allows afforestation in areas where it would otherwise not be sensible or economical to have a carbon sink.

Wood Forest offsets your personal or business carbon emissions by planting new, replenishing forests in peatlands that would not otherwise sequester carbon. Carbon sequestration is genuinely additional carbon sequestration that would not otherwise occur. Every tree planted in a forest needs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to grow. According to several sources, afforestation is the most effective way to remove CO2 emissions.

Compensation must be real, additional and permanent. We overcompensate all our projects by 20% so that we can be absolutely sure that the full compensation is achieved. This way we can be sure that small growth disturbances that can occur despite good management will not undermine the credibility of the carbon sink.

We are committed to ensuring that all our properties are insured, overcompensated and remain so throughout the contract period. If for some reason the entire carbon sink were destroyed, for example in a large forest fire, we would plant a new carbon sink in the area. We also fertilise forests to ensure that carbon sequestration remains as effective as possible throughout their life cycle.

All our carbon sequestration projects are analysed using the Natural Resources Institute Finland’s (Luke) Motti software. We only partner with the best experts in the field and put our heart and soul into our projects. Each compensation area can be located using coordinates.

The carbon is sequestered in trees that are planted in peatland where no forest has previously grown. 25 seedlings are planted on each are, and as they grow, they absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. If seedlings are damaged or die, more seedlings are added.

The carbon sequestration capacity of our area is based on the calculation established by the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke). In addition, 20% more seedlings than calculated will be planted to ensure that the carbon sequestration capacity will be reached.

Certainly! Every carbon sequestration service you buy sequesters CO2 emissions, which slows down global warming.

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Money provides the basis for a carbon sink and sequesters carbon. Peat bogs are restored to forestry suitability and seedlings will be planted there. The seedlings and the future forest are managed and replanted if necessary. The new forest is committed to being a carbon sink for the next 100 years and will not be used for final felling. Part of your investment is used for carbon sequestration, while the rest goes towards paying VAT, forestry work, accountancy costs, information and research.

Yes! You will receive a certificate showing that you have offset your carbon footprint. The certificate shows the coordinates of the carbon sequestration area. You can also buy the certificate as a gift for a friend or business partner. You’ll also get a badge that you can use freely, for example in social media or in your company’s marketing materials.

Yes. You’ll be given the exact coordinates of your area and you can visit the site yourself, or we can arrange a visit and possibly also camping and accommodation services.

The carbon sequestration service is available to everyone around the world. However, 100% of carbon sequestration is achieved through afforestation of Finnish peatlands.

The carbon sequestration capacity of a forest varies according to the growth and development stage of the forest. The most effective carbon sinks are thriving and dense growing forests. The best carbon sequestration capacity of a forest is between the ages of 20 and 50.

Double-counting in carbon sequestration means that two or, in the worst case, several parties are counting towards the same emission reduction. With our service, we ensure that the carbon sinks we set up are clearly allocated and labelled to our customers, and that the same carbon sinks are never sold to more than one party.

At the national level, the issue is currently controversial, as the newly-established carbon sinks are currently also counted in the national carbon sink balance. This could be solved by a register kept by the authorities, where private offsets would be recorded and deducted from the state’s carbon balance. Such a register is not yet in use in Finland, but in our view, that is no reason to stop Finnish carbon sequestration. Without the efforts of Wood Forest Finland and our customers, carbon sinks would not be created.

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