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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13(11), 1132; doi:10.3390/ijerph13111132

Carbon Balance and Contribution of Harvested Wood Products in China Based on the Production Approach of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

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School of Business, Jiangnan University, 1800 Lihu Avenue, Wuxi 214122, China
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Research Institute of Forestry Policy and Information, China Academy of Forestry, Beijing 100091, China
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College of Economics and Management, Nanjing Forestry University, Nanjing 210037, China
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Center for the Yangtze River Delta’s Socioeconomic Development, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China
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Research Center for Economics and Trade in Forest Products of the State Forestry Administration, Nanjing 210037, China
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Academic Editor: Jason K. Levy
Received: 28 September 2016 / Revised: 9 November 2016 / Accepted: 9 November 2016 / Published: 12 November 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ecological Economics, Environmental Health Policy and Climate Change)
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Abstract

The carbon sequestration of harvested wood products (HWP) plays an important role in climate mitigation. Accounting the carbon contribution of national HWP carbon pools has been listed as one of the key topics for negotiation in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. On the basis of the revised Production Approach of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (2013) (IPCC), this study assessed the accounting of carbon stock and emissions from the HWP pool in China and then analyzed its balance and contribution to carbon mitigation from 1960 to 2014. Research results showed that the accumulated carbon stock in China’s HWP carbon pool increased from 130 Teragrams Carbon (TgC) in 1960 to 705.6 TgC in 2014. The annual increment in the carbon stock rose from 3.2 TgC in 1960 to 45.2 TgC in 2014. The category of solid wood products accounted for approximately 95% of the annual amount. The reduction in carbon emissions was approximately twelve times that of the emissions from the HWP producing and processing stage during the last decade. Furthermore, the amount of carbon stock and emission reduction increased from 23 TgC in 1960 to 76.1 TgC in 2014. The annual contribution of HWP could compensate for approximately 2.9% of the national carbon dioxide emissions in China. View Full-Text
Keywords: IPCC framework; harvested wood products; carbon substitution; carbon balance IPCC framework; harvested wood products; carbon substitution; carbon balance
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Ji, C.; Cao, W.; Chen, Y.; Yang, H. Carbon Balance and Contribution of Harvested Wood Products in China Based on the Production Approach of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13, 1132.

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