American Wood Council Responds to Report Recommending Use of Structural Wood Products

May 05, 2014

WASHINGTON – American Wood Council President and CEO Robert Glowinski issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Global Change Research Program's recommended use of structural wood in its Third National Climate Assessment, which noted that "the carbon emissions offset from using wood rather than alternate materials for a range of applications can be two or more times the carbon content of the product" and that "[F]orest product-use strategies include the use of wood wherever possible as a structural substitute for steel and concrete, which require more carbon emissions to produce."

"We're pleased that wood products have again been recognized for their inherent carbon sequestration qualities. Wood products facilities use all parts of the raw material not only in the manufacture of carbon-sequestering products used in everyday life, but also do so using carbon-neutral biomass energy, offsetting any CO2 that would have otherwise been released to the atmosphere from more carbon intensive products produced using fossil fuels.

"Use of our products also creates an economic incentive for private landowners to replant trees – making an additional positive contribution to the carbon cycle – rather than result in conversion of land for development. Moreover, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture recently recognized wood products as 'one of the most advanced' building materials in the world. All told, we believe our products are part of the solution in mitigating for climate change."