This paper discusses the greenhouse impact of the forest sector in Finland including the growing stock, forest industry, forest products in use, foreign trade and waste management. The biomass of the forest ecosystem and the amount of forest products in use are increasing and, thus, act as net carbon sinks from the atmosphere. The sink impact is to a large extent compensated by fossil emissions from the forest industry and its transportations and, from waste management by methane. The wastes of the forest sector are partly converted into methane in landfills. An important conclusion is that the waste-management practices are a major factor to be taken into account in the mitigation of the greenhouse impact of the forest sector.
|Publication status||Published - 1996|
|MoE publication type||A1 Journal article-refereed|