Greenhouse impact of the Finnish forest sector including forest products and waste management

Kim Pingoud, Ilkka Savolainen, Heikki Seppälä

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)318-326
JournalAmbio
Volume25
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1996
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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