It’s 2050. The petrol engine and gas heating boilers are curiosities in the Museum of Scotland, part of an exhibition about how society has adapted to a (very) low carbon economy and lifestyle. The Scottish Government has met its climate change mitigation targets by the slimmest of margins, performing better than the rest of the UK and much of the rest of the world. This success was largely thanks to the determination of successive political administrations to plant more trees. Lots more trees. This achievement was due to cross-party recognition in Holyrood in 2020 that planting trees and using more wood products was the most effective, most efficient and cheapest form of carbon capture and storage. A proven technology, unlike spending hundreds of millions of pounds pumping noxious gases under the seabed and crossing fingers in the hope that it won’t all leak back out again. Now, this is no fake news. It’s a ­realistic future if we face up to the fact that we won’t meet our greenhouse gas reduction targets without upping our collective commitment to planting more forests and using more wood. As well as stripping carbon out of the atmosphere, and locking it up in wood products, using more wood avoids emissions from energy hungry materials like steel, concrete and plastic whose manufacture produces huge volumes of carbon dioxide.

Scotsman 13th June 2018 read more »


Published: 13 June 2018