Kyrill Storm 2007 (Europe map)
Storm Damage, Germany
Kyril Storm Damage, Germany
Climate change is one of the most prominent and important issues across multi-national forestry literature.
This is the case now and it will undoubtedly always be so. As such, it is a topic that features heavily within Tubex, as we consider our overall impact upon the environment. The changing climate and the environment are relevant for us for the following reasons;
- It is accepted that increased forest cover is a key element of the world’s defence against greenhouse gas emissions. Increasing forest cover is our primary business.
- The changing climate is set to change how forests are managed. This is multi-faceted with immediate impact being experienced across Europe through increased storm damage. Longer term impacts are anticipated through increasing temperatures and humidity and their effects upon forestry management issues such as tree species, wildlife, and forest pests and diseases.
- Everybody is and should be concerned about their own carbon footprint. This is a particularly interesting subject for Tubex as we use, process and transport polymer, and as such we emit carbon, but we also produce a product that has nurtured and protected more than ½ billion trees and vines across the world – absorbing and storing considerably more carbon.
Storm damage across Europe
Storm damage across Europe has been more frequent and more violent over the past 10 years, with examples such as Lothar (1999) and Kyrill (2007), both of which destroyed many thousands of hectares of forest across Central Europe. The effects of these storms have been many, but importantly have required both a substantial replanting programme, and a reassessment of the design of forests and their management for the future. In particular, mixed forests are becoming more highly favoured, as are continuous forestry cover operations (rather than clear felling vast areas).
Treeshelters help in these situations because they:
- Promote successful establishment of new trees in all environments
- Allow for the planting of smaller trees - which will establish better root systems, and which are cheaper and easier to source and plant.
- Enable efficient active planting required when a change of species is required (contrasting with natural regeneration).
Carbon footprint analysis
Tubex is continuously reviewing the Carbon Footprint of the manufacturing, distribution and use of treeshelters. This monitoring helps us in further reducing the emission of carbon.