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Determination of carbon footprint of primary wood products

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
4.01.02  Biotechnical sciences  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Wood technology 

Code Science Field
T460  Technological sciences  Wood, pulp and paper technology 

Code Science Field
2.11  Engineering and Technology  Other engineering and technologies 
Keywords
Wood, carbon footprint, primary wood processing, LCA
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (9)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publications
1.  19106  PhD Miha Humar  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Principal Researcher  2011 - 2013  1,196 
2.  34177  Tina Jemec  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2011 - 2013  188 
3.  21136  Jaka Klun  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2011 - 2013  163 
4.  17034  PhD Nike Krajnc  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2011 - 2013  910 
5.  12796  PhD Janez Krč  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2011 - 2013  308 
6.  31274  PhD Andreja Kutnar  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2011 - 2013  378 
7.  19950  MSc Mitja Piškur  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2011 - 2013  368 
8.  05248  PhD Franc Pohleven  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2011 - 2013  1,191 
9.  19719  PhD Črtomir Tavzes  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2011 - 2013  184 
Organisations (2)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publications
1.  0404  Slovenian Forestry Institute  Ljubljana  5051673000  11,766 
2.  0481  University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty  Ljubljana  1626914  64,121 
Abstract
Forest-wood production chain is facing the consequences of the crisis, a fall in the volume of construction work, reducing the number of employees in the timber industry and the competition of international companies. Improvement of the environmental acceptability of wood products from the Slovenian forests would be an motivation for greater visibility and competitive advantages of wood products from domestic raw materials. Due to the smaller transport distances and low emission during wood production in Slovenia, the footprint of primary wood products should be lower than competing materials and wood products from imported markets with long transport distances. This potential competitive advantage of companies in the forest-wood production chain was overlooked in the past. Research, based on international methodology of LCA, of various wood products from of wood from Slovenian forests is rare. Detailed analysis of the environmental load arising from the processes in forestry, transport and primary processing, and their allocation will allow comparability between different types of processing of the most important timber assortments. The main objective of the project is to develop a methodology for determination of the carbon footprint of the primary wood products and demonstrate a direct link with environmental criteria within the green public procurement.
Significance for science
Theme of the project was transferred into the educational process at the University of Ljubljana, and the University of Primorska On the topic of the project is published several articles, papers and abstracts. On the topic of the project four bilateral projects took place . In line with the theme of the project, researchers become membres of project teams of the three international projects in frame of the Wood Wisdom net call. We have joined the project COST Performance of Biobased building materials, two project partners are involved in the core group.
Significance for the country
In Slovenia, the wood is locally available renewable resource, its processing does not require a lot of energy, but it can be easily reused or recycled after the expiry of the first life cycle. The calculation of the carbon footprint Slovenian sawn softwood, plywood and pellets and comparison with the carbon footprint of products specified in the database Ecoinvent (data obtained in Germany or in the European Union-wide), showed that the Slovenian wood predominately due to the specific in logging and production, harvesting and shorter transport distances,has lower carbon footprint. In addition, the Slovenian wood is in relative abundance. It is one of the few renewable natural materials that due to the formation process of photosynthesis form atmospheric CO2 sinks. Wood and wood products during their entire lifetime store CO2 and does not emit it into the atmosphere+ , but it is stored (CO2 sequestration). Acquisition and installation of wood is characterized by low energy consumption, wood products can be easily decomposed, with the possibility of re-use, or at least to generate energy from a renewable source. The results presented in the report calculations of the carbon footprint of sawn timber from Slovenian forests and other products Slovenian primary wood processing industry objectively indicate the advantage of using the Slovenian wood, which we use for making suggestions incentives and measures to promote the use of wood products from the Slovenian wood on the basis of objective criteria of environmental burdens.
Most important scientific results Annual report 2011, 2012, final report, complete report on dLib.si
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2011, 2012, final report, complete report on dLib.si
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