Wood protection, a tool for climate change mitigation?

IRG/WP 08-50257

G Deroubaix

In the context of global warming and the search for possible strategies to mitigate climate change, forest and forest products have important advantages. Sustainable management makes forest a carbon sink, wood products have the potential to be a carbon sink as well, and their low carbon intensity is a potential for reducing CO2 emissions by substitution to competing materials. After describing these assets of wood products, this paper analyses how wood protection can reinforce them. This reinforcement effect is probably important, but still needs to be quantified.

Keywords: climate change, CO2, carbon sink, global warming potential, service life, substitution

Conference: 08-05-25/29, Istanbul, Turkey

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