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    Question Plant trees to offset your carbon footprint - it really makes a difference!

    There are plenty of websites offering to plant trees for you to offset your carbon footprint. Here is a comparison of the main ones I found.

    Website Country Price per tree Price per ton of CO2e offset More information
    CarbonFootprint UK/Global not mentioned 8.4€ to 16.3€
    (9.95$ to 19.2$)
    Facebook
    CarbonFund.org USA 1$ per tree 10$ Charity Navigator, Facebook, Wikipedia
    Ecologi USA 1.1$ per tree 7.6$ Facebook, Trustpilot, Wikipedia
    International Tree Foundation UK/Global 1£ per tree not mentioned Wikipedia
    One Tree Planted USA/Global 1$ per tree 15$ Charity Navigator, Facebook, Wikipedia
    Saving Nature USA/Global 2$ per tree 5$ Facebook
    Tree-Nation EU/Global 0.1€ to 10€ per tree from 1.25€ (India/Nepal)
    to 66.6€ (Australia)
    Trustpilot
    Trillion Tree Campaign Global From 0.1€ to 16€ per tree not mentioned Wikipedia


    My favourite is Tree-Nation because they have dozens of projects around the world, they let you choose the type of tree to plant in each project, and they show the amount of CO2 offset by each species of tree. They have nice stats showing the trees you have planted over time. If you prefer a quick solution, you can simply register for their automatic carbon offset plans from 5€/month.

    Other ways to plant trees for free include:

    • Use Ecosia as your web browser (each search removes 1 kg of CO2)
    • Add the Click a Tree Tree-Planting Assistant extension for Chrome
    • Book your travel tickets and accommodation via B'n'Tree (including Booking.com, Expedia, Skyscanner, etc.). One tree will be planted for each booking.
    • Get a Tomorrow bank account (with Visa debit card) - if you live in Europe. Trees in the Amazon Forest are protected for every single euro spent.
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    I have classified and sorted all the trees available at present on Tree-Nation. My purpose was to see which trees are the most efficient at capturing CO2. Overall, the best deals in lifetime CO2 to € per tree are generally found in India, Nepal, and Bolivia. The worst are in Europe, which is to be expected as manpower is more expensive and the colder climate slows the grows of trees.

    Tree species Height Lifespan (years) Carbon sequestration (CO2/tree/year) Lifetime CO2 absorbed €/tree Cost efficiency (€/ton of CO2 offset) Country
    Bombax ceiba 25 - 35 m 40 40 800 1 1.25 Nepal
    Cryptomeria japonica 35 - 60 m 300 40 800 1 1.25 Nepal
    Terminalia arjuna 20 - 60 m 50 40 800 1 1.25 India
    Terminalia bellirica 35 - 45 m 100 40 800 1 1.25 India
    Choerospondias axillaris (hog plum) 15 - 20 m 45 11 220 0.3 1.36 Nepal
    Pinus roxburghii 30 - 50 m 100 35 700 1 1.43 Nepal
    Tectona grandis (teak) 25 - 35 m 60 30 600 1 1.67 Bolivia
    Tectona grandis (teak) 25 - 35 m 60 30 600 1 1.67 India
    Acacia catechu 6 - 10 m 40 12 240 0.5 2.08 Nepal
    Acacia auriculiformis 15 - 30 m 30 40 400 1 2.50 Bolivia
    Anadenanthera colubrina 10 - 25 m 50 40 800 2 2.50 Bolivia
    Artocarpus heterophyllus (jackfruit) 15 - 25 m 70 40 800 2 2.50 Bolivia
    Eucalyptus camaldulensis (red gum) 15 - 45 m 100 40 800 2 2.50 Bolivia
    Syzygium cumini (Java plum) 10 - 30 m 100 40 800 2 2.50 Bolivia
    Acacia auriculiformis 15 - 30 m 30 40 400 1 2.50 India
    Artocarpus heterophyllus (jackfruit) 15 - 25 m 70 40 800 2 2.50 India
    Madhuca longifolia 10 - 20 m 60 38 760 2 2.63 India
    Grevillea robusta 10 - 20 m 30 15 300 1 3.33 Tanzania
    Casuarina equisetifolia 15 - 25 m 50 18 270 1 3.70 Kenya
    Luehea divaricata 15 - 25 m 40 31 620 2.5 4.03 Brazil
    Azadirachta indica (Neem) 15 - 25 m 100 12 240 1 4.17 Kenya
    Albizia gummifera 6 - 20 m 30 6 120 0.5 4.17 Tanzania
    Newtonia buchananii 10 - 25 m 170 6 120 0.5 4.17 Tanzania
    Azadirachta indica (Neem) 15 - 20 m 100 22 440 2 4.55 Bolivia
    Pinus caribaea 30 - 40 m 20 30 600 3 5.00 Colombia
    Flemingia macrophylla 2 - 4 m 100 20 400 2 5.00 Peru
    Ceriops tagal 2 - 25 m 25 2 40 0.2 5.00 Madagascar
    Rhizophora mucronata 2 - 10 m 25 1 20 0.1 5.00 Madagascar
    Araucaria angustifolia 20 - 50 m 20 19 380 2 5.26 Brazil
    Pseudotsuga menziesii (Douglas fir) 60 - 75 m 500 16 310 2 6.45 France
    Eucalyptus cinerea 10 - 17 m 30 15 300 2 6.67 Kenya
    Tabebuia impetiginosa 8 - 12 m 34 15 300 2 6.67 Bolivia
    Croton megalocarpus 15 - 35 m 70 14 280 2 7.14 Kenya
    Markhamia lutea 30 - 40 m 80 7 140 1 7.14 Tanzania
    Careya arborea 12 - 20 m 50 7 140 1 7.14 India
    Bruguiera gymnorrhiza 8 - 25 m 25 2 40 0.3 7.50 Madagascar
    Swietenia humilis (mahogany) 25 - 35 m 30 45 900 7 7.78 Nicaragua
    Bridelia micrantha 5 - 20 m 30 12 240 2 8.33 Kenya
    Margaritaria discoidea 20 - 30 m 20 11 220 2 9.09 Kenya
    Pseudotsuga menziesii (Douglas fir) 60 - 75 m 70 8 160 1.5 9.38 USA
    Bombacopsis quinata 30 m 30 25 500 5 10.00 Nicaragua
    Copaifera pubiflora 25 - 30 m 150 20 400 4 10.00 Colombia
    Podocarpus latifolius 25 - 35 m 20 10 200 2 10.00 Tanzania
    Albizia saman 25 - 35 m 25 38 570 6 10.53 Nicaragua
    Swietenia macrophylla (mahogany) 25 - 28 m 100 11 275 3 10.91 Brazil
    Acosmium nitens 20 - 25 m 50 18 360 4 11.11 Colombia
    Simarouba amara 25 - 35 m 100 18 360 4 11.11 Colombia
    Vochysia obscura 25 - 30 m 50 22 440 5 11.36 Colombia
    Gmelina arborea 10 - 18 m 50 15 240 3 12.50 Kenya
    Heliocarpus popayanensis 6 - 12 m 30 10 200 2.5 12.50 Brazil
    Avicennia marina 1 - 10 m 25 2 40 0.5 12.50 Madagascar
    Carpinus betulus (hornbeam) 15 - 20 m 120 6 150 2 13.33 France
    Psidium guajava 150 2 13.33 Brazil
    Cornus sanguinea (dogwood) 2 - 5 m 150 2 13.33 France
    Acacia mangium 10 - 20 m 10 22 220 3 13.64 Colombia
    Moringa oleifera 8 - 10 m 25 7 70 1 14.29 Kenya
    Anacardium occidentale (cashew) 30 7 70 1 14.29 Bolivia
    Anacardium occidentale (cashew) 30 7 70 1 14.29 India
    Hevea brasiliensis (rubber tree) 20 - 30 m 95 14 274 4 14.60 Brazil
    Quercus Petraea 30 - 35 m 500 5 100 1.5 15.00 France
    Acer campestre (maple) 15 - 25 m 200 6 120 2 16.67 France
    Cecropia glaziovii 8 - 16 m 120 150 2.5 16.67 Brazil
    Anacardium occidentale (cashew) 12 - 15 m 70 22 550 10 18.18 Colombia
    Fagus sylvatica (beech) 35 - 40 m 70 9 230 4.5 19.57 UK
    Pyrus communis 12 - 20 m 150 3 20.00 France
    Croton lechleri 10 - 25 m 50 8 160 4 25.00 Peru
    Croton floribundus 6 - 10 m 30 5 100 2.5 25.00 Brazil
    Anacardium occidentale (cashew) 8 - 12 m 50 150 4 26.67 Kenya
    Quercus ilex 16 - 25 m 350 5 100 3 30.00 Spain
    Markhamia lutea 10 - 15 m 20 3 60 2 33.33 Kenya
    Olea africana 5 - 10 m 50 3 60 2 33.33 Kenya
    Aniba rosaedora 150 5 33.33 Peru
    Pinus halepensis 10 - 20 m 100 4 80 3 37.50 Spain
    Quercus petraea 20 - 40 m 80 4 120 4.5 37.50 UK
    Schinus terebinthifolia 5 - 10 m 30 5 75 3 40.00 Brazil
    Quercus rotundifolia 8 - 25 m 300 5 100 4 40.00 Spain
    Gliricidia sepium 6 - 15 m 16 6 48 2 41.67 Nicaragua
    Eugenia uniflora 6 - 12 m 30 4 60 3 50.00 Brazil
    Caesalpinia velutina 6 - 10 m 12 3 20 1 50.00 Nicaragua
    Citrus limon 3 - 6 m 35 1 20 1 50.00 Bolivia
    Citrus limon 3 - 6 m 35 1 20 1 50.00 India
    Carpinus betulus (hornbeam) 15 - 25 m 70 3 85 4.5 52.94 UK
    Syzygium cumini (Java plum) 10 - 30 m 20 24 48 3 62.50 India
    Juniperus oxycedrus 5 - 15 m 100 3 60 4 66.67 Spain
    Aniba williamsii 150 10 66.67 Peru
    Corylus avellana (hazel) 8 - 10 m 50 3 60 4.5 75.00 UK
    Crataegus monogyna (hawthorn) 5 - 14 m 60 3 60 4.5 75.00 UK
    Quercus coccifera 2 - 10 m 80 2 40 3 75.00 Spain
    Handroanthus chrysotrichus 5 - 10 m 30 5 75 6 80.00 Brazil
    Quercus cerroides 25 - 30 m 100 5 100 8 80.00 Spain
    Inga edulis 7 - 25 m 3 60 5 83.33 Colombia
    Pinus halepensis 15 - 20 m 70 2 40 4 100.00 Spain
    Theobroma cacao (cocoa) 4 - 7 m 20 2 40 5 125.00 Brazil
    Crataegus monogyna (hawthorn) 3 - 10 m 33 2 40 5 125.00 Spain
    Euterpe oleracea (açai) 11 - 12 m 25 3 30 4 133.33 Brazil
    Psidium cattleyanum 3 - 6 m 40 1 15 2 133.33 Brazil
    Bixa urucurana 5 - 7 m 50 1 20 3 150.00 Colombia
    Genista spartioides 3 - 5 m 50 1 20 3 150.00 Spain
    Retama sphaerocarpa 2 - 3 m 50 1 20 3 150.00 Spain
    Bactris gasipae 12 - 15 m 25 2 20 4 200.00 Brazil
    Oenocarpus bataua 10 - 25 m 2 40 8 200.00 Colombia
    Gliricidia sepium 10 - 15 m 60 1 20 4 200.00 Peru
    Retama sphaerocarpa 1 - 4 m 20 1 20 4 200.00 Spain
    Cornus sanguinea (dogwood) 1 - 8 m 45 1 20 5 250.00 Spain
    Rosa canina 1 - 3 m 50 1 10 3 300.00 France
    Quercus coccifera 1 - 6 m 75 1 20 10 500.00 Spain
    Quercus faginea 20 - 25 m 375 5 25 20 800.00 Spain
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    I have searched a lot of websites to try to find the most efficient species of tree to sequester carbon dioxide. It's surprisingly hard to find information on the subject.

    This site has a short list of the best trees to sequester CO2 in North America, Australia and Europe. I have converted the values in pound to kg.

    Tree species Carbon sequestration
    (CO2 per tree per year)
    Silver Maple 200 kg
    American Sweetgum 170 kg
    Yellow Poplar 62 kg
    European Beech 50 kg
    Eucalyptus 30 kg
    Laurel Oak 30 kg
    Red Mulberry 30 kg
    London Plane Tree 22.5 kg

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    This BBC article provides an important caveat.

    "Specifically, according to a 2007 study that has been repeatedly confirmed, the best place to plant new trees is the tropics, where trees grow fastest and thus trap the most CO2. In contrast, planting trees in snowy regions near the poles is likely to cause a net warming, while planting them in temperate climates – like that of the UK, much of Europe and parts of the US – may have no net effect on climate."


    Indeed this 2018 scientific study confirms that the same species of trees sequester far more CO2 in tropical regions than in temperate or boreal ones.


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