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Sustainability benefits of using forest products

Photo: Heikki Valve
Photo: Heikki Valve
Published by
Simon Matthis - 23 Oct 2012

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) recently released a report highlighting the key role forests and forest products play in finding sustainable solutions in a resource constrained world. The report “Facts and Trends: Forests, forest products, carbon & energy” underlines their necessity for a future low-carbon and bio-based economy, as they can help to reduce society’s greenhouse gas emissions.

To meet growing demand for forest fiber, sustainable forest management is a key strategy and development opportunity, accommodating and leveraging the ample economic, social and ecological benefits of forests and forest products.

“Facts and Trends: Forests, forest products, carbon & energy” aligns with the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which noted that over the long term sustainable forest management strategies that maintain or increase forest carbon stocks, while sustaining yield of timber, fiber or energy will generate the largest sustained mitigation benefit.

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development is a CEO-led organization of forward-thinking companies that galvanizes the global business community to create a sustainable future for business, society and the environment.