Calculating the carbon footprint impact of trees

Posted by hjs23 at Jul 16, 2019 04:45 PM |

Researcher(s): BSc Mathematics, James Boyd, final year

When: 2018/19


  • To create a tool to calculate the total carbon absorption by trees on University sites
  • To investigate the impact that removing University trees would cause
  • Provide recommendations for how these negative effects could be mitigate


James completed this project as part of his Business Project module because he wanted to make a positive impact on the environment and the University where he has studied for the past 4 years. He worked with academics from the Mathematics and Geography department, the Social Impact Team, the Carbon & Energy Manager and the Gardens Manager to make sure his tool was accurate and useful.

James GGA19

After creating a tool on Excel, James calculated that around 1,327.5 tonnes of CO2 is sequestered by University owned trees annually. This figure is about 5.5% of the University's carbon footprint of 2015/16. He also provided recommendations on how the University can responsibly deal with a tree if removal is necessary, such as replacing the tree with two young trees. James won the Research with Impact (Student) Green Gown Award 2019 for this project.


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