The Eucalyptus citriodora tree is well-known for its ability to sequester a large amount of carbon. The trees are coppiced, meaning that just the younger leaves and small branches are cut back for production, and the trunk and larger branches continue to grow for many years, becoming self sustaining, using more carbon dioxide and producing more oxygen for the benefit of the wider environment.
Carbon Footprint UK (an independent organisation) calculated the carbon footprint of Citrefine, establishing carbon values for all business functions. These calculations were then extended to calculate the full product life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions for Citriodiol® using the British Standard Institute methodology PAS2050:2011 (this assessment specification is widely recognised in the UK and accords with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Product Standard methodology used by SCS Global Services in the US).
Comparing these calculations with most conservative EPA estimates for carbon sequestration for this species of tree, the production of Citriodiol® (right through to consumer purchase) absorbs more carbon than it emits.
These calculation and findings using the methodology above are suitable for independent verification and accreditation from organisations such as The Carbon Trust.
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