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Forests 2017, 8(8), 273; doi:10.3390/f8080273

Contributions of China’s Wood-Based Panels to CO2 Emission and Removal Implied by the Energy Consumption Standards

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Department of Economics and Management, Nanjing Forestry University, No. 159, Longpan Road, Nanjing 210037, Jiangsu, China
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Research Center for Economics and Trade in Forest Products of the State Forestry Administration (SINO-RCETFOR), No. 159, Longpan Road, Nanjing 210037, Jiangsu, China
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Department of Economics and Management, Northwest A&F University, No. 3, Taicheng Road, Yangling 712100, Shanxi, China
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Business College, Jinling Institute of Technology, Nanjing 210037, Jiangsu, China
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Center for the Yangtze River Delta’s Socioeconomic Development, Nanjing University, No. 22, Hankou Road, Nanjing 210093, Jiangsu, China
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Received: 20 April 2017 / Revised: 19 July 2017 / Accepted: 27 July 2017 / Published: 29 July 2017
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Abstract

Life cycle analysis on wood-based panels in terms of CO2 flux can be used to quantitatively assess the climate change contributions of these materials. In this study, the annual CO2 flux between 1990 and 2015 was calculated through gate-to-gate life cycle analysis of wood-based panels. As implied by the energy consumption standards, China’s wood-based panels used to be carbon sources during the period 1990–2007, with the average contribution to CO2 emissions of 9.20 Mt/year. The implementation of new standards and the development of Cleaner production technologies in China, decreased the energy consumption per panel. China’s wood-based panels acted as a carbon sink between 2008 and 2015, with the average contribution to CO2 removal of 31.71 Mt/year. Plywood produced the largest contributions to the emission and removal of CO2, and was followed by fiberboard and particleboard. China’s wood-based panels, with good prospects and strong demands projected in the future, can potentially contribute to climate change mitigation. View Full-Text
Keywords: wood-based panels; climate change mitigation; energy consumption; production approach wood-based panels; climate change mitigation; energy consumption; production approach
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Wang, S.; Zhang, H.; Nie, Y.; Yang, H. Contributions of China’s Wood-Based Panels to CO2 Emission and Removal Implied by the Energy Consumption Standards. Forests 2017, 8, 273.

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