Sustaining Forests, Sustaining People: The Role of Research vol:16 issue:5 pages:223-224
The International Forestry Review
XXIV IUFRO World Congress location:Salt Lake City, USA date:5–11 October 2014
This contribution will start with a state of affairs in the scientific debate on carbon neutrality of forest biomass, shortly introducing the terminology and the main issues (carbon neutrality, carbon debt, indirect land use change, substitution, cascading). Then time and space explicit Life Cycle Assessment (tispa-LCA) is introduced as the approach to address the issues, and to make accurate predictions of the greenhouse gas impact of wood products compared to their alternatives. The tispa-LCA will be illustrated with examples from tree-based biofuels in Africa and wood products in Europe. Recommendations will be formulated to make tispa-LCA operational.