Norbord and other wood-using industries have joined forces with environmental charities to urge Government to limit support for subsidies.
Norbord’s Use Wood Wisely website – www.usewoodwisely.co.uk – is an educational resource for the responsible and sustainable use of wood.
Rather than burning virgin timber as fuel for energy generation – and thereby releasing tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere and contributing to climate change – Norbord argues for the ‘cascade of use’ philosophy. It is much more efficient to process virgin timber into added-value products, such as wood panels, that are used in the housing and construction industry. It is only when the wood products come to the end of their use, and can no longer be recycled or upcycled, that the timber element should be considered for burning for energy. By making useful and durable products the embedded carbon can be locked away, preventing it from being released into the atmosphere.
Common questions put to Use Wood Wisely –
What is a circular economy and cascade of use and why will it help?
A circular economy is a system designed to promote maximum use from resources whilst minimising waste and pollution.
To ensure woody biomass is part of a circular economy, a cascade of use is vital. A cascade of use gives priority to the most efficient and least wasteful use. It prioritises uses that optimise the material or resource over burning or landfill, and thus protects them from being wasted. In the UK, very little genuine ‘waste’ wood is available. There are many ways that the majority of woody materials such as forest thinnings, sawmill residues and post-consumer wood waste can be recycled, reused and repurposed, locking embedded carbon away for decades. Unfortunately, much of this wood gets burnt to generate energy, releasing this carbon in an instant.
A robust cascade of use would prevent this waste, whilst protecting the resource and the environment.
A cascade of use for wood can help to:
What are the five steps of a cascade of use:
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