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Carbon stocks and flows in native forests and harvested wood products in SE Australia

This research assessed the greenhouse gas (GHG) balance of native forests managed for multiple use (“production”) and conservation only in New South Wales and Victoria. It considered all the key elements of the carbon (C) cycle in forests and in harvested wood products (HWP), including carbon storage in HWPs in landfills and product substitution impacts (for HWP and use of biomass for bioenergy). When determining the climate impacts of any industry sector, it is important to adopt a true life cycle assessment approach, that takes into account all relevant emissions and C removals; i.e. what the atmosphere actually sees. The research introduced a new model (“ForestHWP”), a tool designed to capture all key elements of the C pools in forests and HWP, allowing immediate integration of parameters and running of simulations that allow for the inclusion of repeated disturbance events (e.g. harvest and fire). In addition to GHG implications, the study considered the socio-economic implications of native forest management, which are often ignored in greenhouse balance studies of native forestry. 

The key conclusion of the research is that the relative differences in the GHG balance of production and conservation scenarios do not warrant policies that aim to halt native forest management for wood production. When industry value-added benefits and carbon abatement benefits were added together, the production management scenarios generated much higher values than the conservation management scenarios. This result was independent of the carbon price (low, medium or high). 

There is considerable room however for improvement in the GHG outcomes of managing for production. These opportunities could be realised in the forest, in the processing of wood products and in diverting materials to different uses at the end of the life of wood products. The project demonstrated that one of the ways to enhance the GHG outcomes of production forestry is via the increased use of biomass for bioenergy. Currently the majority of forest harvest residues results are burnt or decay over time, with no GHG benefit. Increased use of forest and sawmill residues for renewable energy generation typically displaces the use of fossil fuels, resulting in a net GHG benefit.

Final Report:

Amended_Final_report_C_native_forests_PNC285-1112.pdf

Appendicies:

Appendices_Final_report_PNC285-1112.pdf

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On behalf of its members and stakeholders, FWPA supports and manages a wide range of activities through five strategic programs. Here you’ll find the latest news, updates and links to online resources.

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FWPA has launched the inaugural series of its new podcast, WoodChat. Each episode in the six-part pilot series will include an in-depth conversation with experts on a different industry-related news story, discovery or innovation.

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Our 5 Company Programs

Promoting the Advantages of Wood Products

Promoting the Advantages of Wood Products

Promoting the benefits and use of forest and wood products, in line with community attitudes, environmental awareness and market trends.

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Aligning Products to Market Needs

Aligning Products to Market Needs

Ensuring that the industry’s products and services are fit-for-purpose, appropriately aligned to market needs and their availability better communicated to key influencers.

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Assisting Value Chain Optimisation

Assisting Value Chain Optimisation

Increasing the value and volume recovery from existing resources to ensure that all wood fibre is utilised to its highest and best purpose.

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Increasing Resource Availability and Reducing Risk

Increasing Resource Availability and Reducing Risk

Increasing the availability of wood fibre to support an expanding market and associated manufacturing capacity.

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Impacting Decision Making and Industry Capability

Impacting Decision Making and Industry Capability

Ensuring that the industry has the skills and systems necessary to support improved decision making by all players across the value chain.

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Our acknowledgment

In the spirit of reconciliation, Forest & Wood Products Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia, and we acknowledge their connection to the land and their custodianship of Country and forests. We pay our respect to Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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