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Estimation of environmental emissions associated with U.S. production of lumber and wood panel products including harvesting, forest regeneration, transport and manufacturing
Snapshot: Life-cycle research on wood products plays a vital role in developing strategies for mitigating climate change. The main driving force behind climate change has been the release of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere. Unlike nonrenewable materials, renewable materials such as wood products burn woody biomass for energy thus helping offset the burning of fossil fuels during its manufacturing. In addition, wood products are made from trees that reabsorb CO2 emitted during manufacturing thus closing the carbon cycle. This project evaluated the extent of offsetting demand for fossil fuels by burning woody biomass for energy.