Dovetail Partners Says Carbon Credits Should be More Inclusive

04/28/2008

Carbon Storage and Low-Energy Intensity of Wood Products Need to Be Considered

 

 

Minneapolis, MN (4/28/08) - Carbon credits and carbon sequestration are in the news almost daily. Policymakers and the public continue to raise concerns about the need to address greenhouse gas emissions.

 

 

“Beyond even the global warming considerations, there is a basic need to look at air quality and take action to reduce impacts wherever possible,” says Kathryn Fernholz, Executive Director of Dovetail Partners, a nonprofit based in Minneapolis and providing authoritative information about the impacts and trade-offs of environmental decisions, including consumption choices, land use, and policy alternatives.

 

 

A Dovetail Report released today addresses the opportunities for consumer choices to result in additional carbon storage and reductions in fossil fuel use.

 

 

“At a time when mankind is searching for ways to capture the power of the sun, it turns out that one of society's principal construction materials – wood – is produced almost entirely from solar energy,” says Dr. Jim Bowyer, the lead author of the report and internationally recognized responsible materials researcher.

 

 

In current protocols for reducing carbon emissions and increasing carbon sequestration, the storage of carbon within wood products has been ignored. The low energy intensity (and even lower fossil fuel intensity) of wood products has also been left off the table.

 

 

“These omissions are significant since in the United States alone carbon stored within wood products is over one-third that being sequestered annually within the nation's forests,” says Bowyer.

 

 

The data on carbon storage in wood products and their low-energy intensity is increasingly well documented and readily available.

 

 

“Our research leads us to believe the time is right and strong opportunities exist for carbon protocols and markets for carbon credits to recognize the carbon storage benefits of wood products,” says Fernholz.