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Multiple use of wood throughout the wood value chain - this is particularly beneficial both economically and ecologically, therefore most favourable for the greenhouse gas balance.
"During the project, it was calculated that the increased cascade use of wood is more favourable on the long term for the greenhouse gas balance than the increased immediate use of wood for energy generation. A long life cycle of wood products is particularly important in this respect"
(Dr. Peter Schwarzbauer, BOKU)
The press release concerning the study:
If renewable raw materials are used prior to energetic conversion, fossil resources are saved, greenhouse gas emissions are lower and the value creation increases.
As such, wood should enjoy a longer value chain, first as building material or for the wood-based materials industry, and then for example for furniture, and only afterwards as wooden pellet for energy generation.
This cascade use should be the focus of a long-term strategy for resource efficient and sustainable biomass utilisation.
Ecological innovation policy – More resource efficiency and climate protection through the sustainable material use of biomass Summary of the study: