Carbon Stored in Wood and Paper Products
Trees remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and, via photosynthesis, convert this carbon dioxide into complex carbon-based substances that comprise wood and other parts of the tree. We refer to the carbon in these substances as forest carbon. Almost all of the sequestered carbon in the forest industry value chain is contained in three ‘pools’ – the forest (including above-ground and below-ground biomass), products-in-use, and products disposed of in landfills. These represent an important part of the climate profile of the forest products industry, and they should be considered in any analysis of the industry’s opportunities to mitigate societal emissions of greenhouse gases.
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