Harvested forests provide the greatest ongoing greenhouse gas benefits

Harvested forests provide the greatest ongoing greenhouse gas benefits

Australia is acting to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Whilst current initiatives are a positive development in addressing climate change concerns, the policy settings do not fully recognise the opportunity for multiple use production forests to contribute to low cost greenhouse gas (GHG) abatement. The case studies in this paper illustrate key aspects of GHG outcomes for managed multiple use production forests and conservation forest . Managed, multiple use production forests have the capacity to store carbon on site; produce wood products that continue to store carbon off site; provide substitutes for more GHG-intensive building products; minimise the need for GHG intensive imports; and produce residues that can be used to generate renewable energy, displacing fossil fuels. A long term, evidence-based, whole of life perspective is required to meet climate change objectives. These case studies show that converting production forests to conservation forests will not provide additional GHG benefit.

Published paper

Ximenes F.A., George B.H., Cowie A., Williams J., Kelly G. Greenhouse Gas Balance of Native Forests in New South Wales, Australia. Forests. 2012; 3(3):653-683.  

YouTube video

This YouTube video complements the research paper, Harvested forests provide the greatest ongoing greenhouse gas benefits which has also been published in Forests, a peer-reviewed journal.