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. Over the years, NCASI has undertaken a series of analyses evaluating these implications and has published a variety of studies addressing information gaps in this area. These resources have helped our Member Companies work with their stakeholders to identify opportunities for the forest sector to enhance the use of these residuals rather than sending them for disposal.
The range of traditional uses associated with wood-based products, such as home construction and papermaking, is being expanded to include new products and services such as electric power and heat, new chemical feedstocks, and alternative fuels for heating and transportation.
Forests are efficient solar collectors producing woody biomass that can be harnessed to provide electric power and heat, new chemical feedstocks, and alternative fuels for heating and transportation while also providing wood for traditional uses such as home construction and papermaking.