Multiple use of wood throughout the wood value chain - which is particularly beneficial both economically and ecologically - is very favourable for sustaining the greenhouse gas balance.
"During the project, it was calculated that increased cascade use of wood is more favourable over 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: