Carbon Sequestration and Paper: A Carbon Balance Assessment

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A carbon balance assessment estimates that growth of wood fiber and the production and use of paper from three integrated pulp and paper mills resulted in a net sequestration ratio of roughly 1.3 times as much carbon as is emitted to the atmosphere. The study shows the positive contribution of managed forests in mitigating emissions of carbon dioxide from paper manufacture, use, and disposal. The study treats emissions from biofuels and forest decay as equivalent to emissions from combustion of fossil fuels. Carbon emissions include those generated by sources of purchased electricity. As the analysis deliberately uses conservative assumptions, actual net sequestration rates for these mills using other carbon accounting rules may be higher.

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Environmental Technology, 2: Row Associates, Edgewood, Maryland 3: Bleached Board Business, International Paper, Cincinnati Technical Center, Loveland, OH, 45140 4: Environmental Business Services, International Paper, Cincinnati Technical Center, Loveland, OH, 45140 5: Global Forest Strategy, Forest Resources, International Paper, Savannah, Georgia

Publication date: September 1, 2000

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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