Tackling Climate Change with Wood
A natural part of our environment, wood is a renewable resource that provides wide-ranging benefits – from habitat, employment and recreational activities to tackling climate change – and by working in the industry you can make a positive contribution to our environment.
How wood tackles climate change
Forests and wood products can help reduce the impact of climate change in several ways. Growing trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store the carbon so efficiently that about half the dry weight of a tree is carbon. This carbon remains locked up in the wood even when we use it for building products, furniture or paper.
Using wood products instead of other materials can be an advantage too. The production of wood products uses less energy (usually sourced from finite fossil fuels) compared with most other building materials.
As a fuel, sustainably grown and harvested wood (and other biomass) can also provide a renewable alternative to finite fossil fuels.
A sustainably managed resource
Australia's forest management is among the best in the world in terms of conservation reserves and codes of practice for production forests. Only 6% of Australia’s 147 million hectares of native forests is public forest potentially available for timber harvesting. Timber is harvested from about 1% of these public native forests each year.
Regional Forest Agreements – protecting our heritage
The conservation and sustainable management of Australia's native forests are covered by 20 year plans known as Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs). Ten RFAs cover four States: Western Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales.
RFA’s are the result of years of scientific study, consultation and negotiation covering a wide range of interests.
You can find comprehensive information about RFA’s at the RFA website, co-hosted by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts
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