We’ve partnered with our friends Tāne’s Tree Trust, a non-profit charity who loves native trees as much as we do, to share access to their easy-to-use carbon calculator.
The Tāne’s Tree Trust National Carbon Calculator helps you work out how many native shrubs and trees you’ll need to plant to mitigate your carbon footprint from today as your trees or forest grows over time.
You can also work out how much carbon dioxide your planted trees would help remove from the atmosphere if they thrive for a minimum life span of 50 years.
The amount of CO2 your trees are capable of absorbing is based on a 50-year timeframe of continuous growth.
Remember, if you are calculating based on annual emissions, such as the use of your car or household activities, trees will need to be planted each year based on your annual carbon emissions — not just as a one-off.
How many planted native trees would have the potential to balance my CO2 emissions?
How much CO2 would my planted native trees remove after 50 years of growing?
The carbon calculator we provide access to is owned, developed and offered for use free-of-charge by not-for-profit charity, Tāne’s Tree Trust.
This carbon calculator is not for use to determine an official CO2 offset, nor to determine benefits or liabilities under the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme, or to make any claims of carbon neutrality. The calculations only show the potential of CO2 absorption based on a default setting of trees growing continuously for 50 years.
See more info about the CO2 calculator, and the calculations derived from it below.
Below are some common examples of the number of native trees you would need to plant to mitigate your CO2 emissions from today over 50 years.
A return flight from Auckland to Wellington
A return flight from Christchurch to Auckland
A return flight from Queenstown to Wellington
A return flight from Auckland to Sydney
A return flight from Auckland to London
Use of medium-sized car, 10,000 km
Household electricity use for 1 year (8,000 kWh)
Avg household of 2 adults & 2 children emissions per year
You can find more examples on the Tāne’s Tree Trust calculator.
Important info about using the carbon calculator, and how Trees That Count calculates CO2 throughout our website. For more information around the carbon calculator, and understanding your calculations, visit the Tāne’s Tree Trust website.
Native trees and shrubs have a powerful role to play in the fight against climate change. Mitigate your carbon footprint by supporting native tree planting through Trees That Count.
More native trees in the ground means greater biodiversity, cleaner waterways, thriving industries and stronger communities.