Wood is Good, Naturally
Renewable energy from wood has significant advantages. Not only is wood a strong, lightweight building material—abundantly easy to produce, use and manufacture—but wood is also an efficient and practical energy source, making it a viable alternative in helping reduce our dependence on imported fossil fuel.
Today, fossil fuels, like coal and natural gas, rank as the primary source of fuel, making North America the highest fossil-fuel, carbon dioxide-emitting region of the world. Yet, wood is more energy efficient, requiring 281% less energy to produce than steel and 250% less energy to produce than concrete.
Choosing wood over other products is a smarter choice for the environment.
Wood is a 100% renewable and recyclable resource. Wood used in construction and housing requires a much lower “carbon footprint” than structures built with steel, plastic, concrete or aluminum. Wood products continue to store carbon even after being manufactured in homes, furniture and other wood products.
Sustainable building design is linked to sustainable forest management practices. Sustainable building products, such as wood, have a reduced impact on the environment. A wood framed house is a carbon storage unit and wins out over homes built with steel which are net emitters in CO2 emission for a building’s life cycle.
Wood is naturally good.
Wood from responsibly managed forests can meet consumers' needs while presenting many environmental benefits:
- Wood products store carbon, reducing its presence in the atmosphere. In contrast, steel, concrete and plastic production consumes much more fossil fuel, which releases carbon into the atmosphere
- Wood and paper products are natural and can be recycled, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions
- Wood waste from trees harvested for wood products can be used to generate electricity, displacing fossil fuels that can then stay in-the-ground
Modern forest management policies make a difference. They cut greenhouse gases, create more oxygen and…
- Restore unhealthy forests.
- Regenerate habitat.
- Create climate-friendly products.
- Provide a bio-energy alternative.