Sustainable Manufacturing

Climate Change & Carbon

Climate change science and public policy are evolving in ways that could have implications for the forest products industry. GHG limits on industrial sources are being implemented in some jurisdictions, raising technical concerns requiring continued NCASI attention in support of Member Companies. Also, benefits of using biomass fuels and products are still debated, as are the carbon impacts of forest management. In this context, NCASI’s objective in this focus area is to quantify and enable recognition of the GHG and biomass‐carbon‐related characteristics of forest‐based products and activities.

Climate Change & Carbon

Topics

Greenhouse Gas Emissions & Carbon Regulation

Most of the industry’s manufacturing facilities require fossil fuels and these fuels generate greenhouse gases when burned. The industry obtains much of its energy, however, from biomass fuels that, unlike fossil fuels, add no new carbon to the atmosphere.

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Forest Carbon

The forests that supply the industry’s raw material remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store the carbon – not only in trees, but also below ground in soils and root systems, and ultimately in forest products.

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Carbon in Forest Products

The forests that supply the industry’s raw material remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store the carbon – not only in trees, but also below ground in soils and root systems, and ultimately in forest products.

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Carbon Footprinting

A carbon footprint is a picture of the overall greenhouse gas emissions of a product over its lifecycle.

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Residuals & Forest Biomass for Energy

The life cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) implications of using various manufacturing and forest biomass residuals for energy production at pulp and paper mills and wood products manufacturing facilities depends on a variety of factors.

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