American Wood Council welcomes climate assessment report by US Global Change Research Program, which includes recommending use of structural wood products for inherent carbon sequestration qualities

Audrey Dixon

Audrey Dixon

May 12, 2014 – American Wood Council

WASHINGTON , May 8, 2014 (press release) – American Wood Council President and CEO Robert Glowinski issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s recommended use of structural wood in its Third National Climate Assessment, which noted that “the carbon emissions offset from using wood rather than alternate materials for a range of applications can be two or more times the carbon content of the product” and that “[F]orest product-use strategies include the use of wood wherever possible as a structural substitute for steel and concrete, which require more carbon emissions to produce.”

“We’re pleased that wood products have again been recognized for their inherent carbon sequestration qualities. Wood products facilities use all parts of the raw material not only in the manufacture of carbon-sequestering products used in everyday life, but also do so using carbon-neutral biomass energy, offsetting any CO2 that would have otherwise been released to the atmosphere from more carbon intensive products produced using fossil fuels.

“Use of our products also creates an economic incentive for private landowners to replant trees – making an additional positive contribution to the carbon cycle – rather than result in conversion of land for development. Moreover, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture recently recognized wood products as ‘one of the most advanced’ building materials in the world. All told, we believe our products are part of the solution in mitigating for climate change.”


Editor’s note: A link to the report is available here.

About American Wood Council
The American Wood Council (AWC) is the voice of North American traditional and engineered wood products, representing over 75 percent of the industry. From a renewable resource that absorbs and sequesters carbon, the wood products industry makes products that are essential to everyday life and employs over one-third of a million men and women in well-paying jobs. AWC's engineers, technologists, scientists, and building code experts develop state-of-the-art engineering data, technology, and standards on structural wood products for use by design professionals, building officials, and wood products manufacturers to assure the safe and efficient design and use of wood structural components. AWC also provides technical, legal, and economic information on wood design, green building, and manufacturing environmental regulations advocating for balanced government policies that sustain the wood products industry. Visit AWC online at or follow us on Twitter @woodcouncil.

* All content is copyrighted by Industry Intelligence, or the original respective author or source. You may not recirculate, redistrubte or publish the analysis and presentation included in the service without Industry Intelligence's prior written consent. Please review our terms of use.


About Us

We deliver market news & information relevant to your business.

We monitor all your market drivers.

We aggregate, curate, filter and map your specific needs.

We deliver the right information to the right person at the right time.

Our Contacts

1990 S Bundy Dr. Suite #380,
Los Angeles, CA 90025 795

+1 (310) 558 0008
+1 (310) 558 0080 (FAX)

About Cookies On This Site

We collect data, including through use of cookies and similar technology ("cookies") that enchance the online experience. By clicking "I agree", you agree to our cookies, agree to bound by our Terms of Use, and acknowledge our Privacy Policy. For more information on our data practices and how to exercise your privacy rights, please see our Privacy Policy.