New Study: Wood Products & Greenhouse Gas Impacts

Posted by Rumin Mann
November 12th, 2010

In this review, existing scientific literature is examined to summarize consensus findings, or range of findings, addressing the net life cycle greenhouse gas footprint of wood construction products. Numerous international studies are reviewed for findings on fossil energy used in wood manufacturing compared to alternatives, the avoidance of industrial process carbon emissions as from cement manufacturing, the storage of carbon in forests and forest products, the use of wood by-products as a biofuel replacement for fossil fuels, and carbon storage and emission due to forest products in landfills. Interpretation of the various findings sought to clarify whether actively managing forests for wood products is better, worse or neutral for climate change versus leaving forests in their natural states.

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