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Sustainability - Carbon Store

Sustainability - Carbon Store

Growing trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, emit oxygen and store carbon. About half the dry weight of a tree or wood product is carbon; one ton of carbon represents 3.67 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

Australia's native forests, timber plantations and wood products are all net absorbers of greenhouse gases. In 2005, they sequestered (or stored) 56.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, reducing Australia's overall greenhouse gas emissions by almost 10%. The combination of carbon sequestration in growing trees and the long term carbon storage in wood products represents a significant net sink and store of carbon for Australia.

Carbon remains locked in the wood for the life of the piece of timber. The Australian Greenhouse Office estimates that wood products in service in Australia (produced from 1944 onwards) are storing 95.6 million tons of carbon. Therefore forests and wood products help mitigate climate change.

   

A good source of information on anything wood is Woodsolutions   

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