Webinar: The Carbon Impact of Forest Products

  • 07/20/2011
  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Internet
Wood products from the eastern US hardwood forests have a number of potential ‘green’ advantages. Documenting and publicizing these merits will be important to the future competitiveness of the hardwood industry and the working forests on which it depends. Wood product manufacture requires fewer fossil fuel inputs than alternatives products made from concrete, metals or plastics. In addition, wood is composed of carbon that was recently removed from the atmosphere. These two effects – substitution and sequestration – are why the carbon impact of wood products is so favorable. Life cycle assessment (LCA) is the standard method for evaluating the environmental impacts of processes and products. Among other functions, LCA can be used to quantify the carbon impact of wood products. We have been analyzing existing LCA datasets to determine the carbon impacts of a range of wood products. Information about the LCA methodology and how it is used to determine environmental impacts of wood products, the how net carbon factors are determined, and how wood products influence forest carbon balances will be presented

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