Wood Products and Greenhouse Gas Impacts Research Report

Wood’s role in reducing climate change

A review of top international scientific studies concludes that using wood products from sustainably managed forests rather than non-wood building products, such as cement, plastics or metals, means fewer emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG).

Reducing these gases is a key factor in stabilizing and eventually reducing climate change.

This review and summary report, which was carried out by scientists specializing in GHG emissions, wood products and sustainable building systems, focuses on peer-reviewed scientific articles, the majority of which present original data and analysis on the GHG impact of wood products.

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Wood Products Greenhouse Gas Impacts Report

To assess the net life cycle GHG footprint of wood construction, a review of 66 international scientific studies was conducted by FPInnovations.