How does carbon offsetting through afforestation work in Germany?
With us you can plant climate resilient mixed forests in Germany. Doing so has many advantages. German forests are protected by the Federal Forest Act of 1975, which means that the forests you plant with ForTomorrow must be preserved. Continue reading to learn more about how you benefit from reforesting Germany with us.
We are ForTomorrow,a non-profit climate protection organization based in Berlin. Our goal is to achieve the greatest possible impact for your CO2 offsets. When selecting our reforestation areas, we look for FSC, Naturland or PEFC certification. It is also important to us that the areas are accessible to the public. In addition, each afforestation event is accompanied by experts.
How does carbon offsetting by planting trees works?
Trees absorb CO2 from the air. By planting more trees, we capture more CO2. Mixed forests are the most effective solution for storing CO2 in the long term. They promote biodiversity in the region and are climate resilient, providing good protection against droughts, storms and diseases.
Our community has already funded 42,108 trees. In 2021 and 2023, we planted 22,000 trees in Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein. In Saxony we worked together with the German Forest Protection Association and reforested a former mining site. We focus on planting mixed forests in Germany since the Federal Forest Act of 1975 provides strong legal protection. In addition, it allows us to offset CO2 in Europe — where our CO2 emissions are generated.
We are planning our next big planting event in the autumn of 2023 at the latest.
What are the benefits of afforestation in Germany?
No double counting
When you offset your CO2 emissions by supporting projects in the Global South, there is a risk that not only you, but also the country in which this project is located, claims this offset so that it is counted twice. Double counting thus makes it unclear how much CO2 we have already saved globally. By planting trees in Germany where carbon is emitted, there is no double counting.
The importance of additionality
Additionality ensures that a carbon offset actually serves climate protection. Only offsetting projects that are directly funded by your donations and complement existing climate protection are working. Example: If a hydropower plant is already self-financing, but still sells climate protection certificates that you can use to offset the carbon emissions, then this is not an additional benefit for climate protection. The power plant would run even without your donation. So it’s not extracting additional CO2 from the air.
To achieve maximum impact, we only do afforestation. This means that on the areas where we plant trees, completely new mixed forests are created. If it weren’t for your support, these new forests would never have grown.
For a positive climate impact, trees need to be able to grow long term.. Fresh after reforestation, the tree absorbs very little CO2. The bigger it gets, the more CO2 it takes out of the air. If you plant a tree and it falls victim to a forest fire after a few years it is cleared due to political decisions, the CO2 previously absorbed goes back into the air. That’s why we practice reforestation in Germany.