Facts & Trends: Forests, Forest Products, Carbon and Energy

Facts and Trends: Forests, forest products, carbon & energy was developed by WBCSD Forest Solutions Group members with extensive technical support from the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI), it supports the ongoing dialogue within the WBCSD membership and with other forest-focused stakeholders in government, civil society and business.

The emphasis of this document is on facts and trends driving the forest product industry today and in the near future. It underlines the importance of sustainable forest management and the forest-based industry in a resource-constrained world and its indispensability to a future low-carbon and bio-based economy.

This document uses existing data from the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, documents prepared by the World Resources Institute (WRI), and publically available resources from many other research organizations and scientists.

Executive summary

Facts and Trends: Forest, forest products, carbon and energy

  • Production and trade of forest products
  • The forest carbon cycle
  • Energy use
  • Greenhouse gas emissions
  • Emissions along the value chain
  • Understanding forests and forest carbon
  • The greenhouse gas and carbon attributes of industry products

Additional information

  • A large and persistent carbon sink in the world’s forests
  • Conversion factors
  • Forest Solutions Group Membership Principles and Responsibilities


The WBCSD Forest Solutions Group
The mission of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Forest Solutions Group is to provide business leadership in expanding sustainable forest-based solutions to meet the needs of people now and in the future. Thirty leading member companies, representing all stages of the forest product supply chain, are engaged driving a broad spectrum of sustainability initiatives using the WBCSD platform.

The group’s working scope intends to clarify misperceptions about the forest-based industry, address a range of sustainability challenges and opportunities, often based on open stakeholder dialogues, and emphasize the importance of the forest-based industry as a key part of a low-carbon and biobased economy.

The Council’s forest-related publications document successful experiences in sustainable forest management and demonstrate that the sustainable use of forest products are essential elements in climate change mitigation and adaptation policies.

Recent examples include:

  • Changing Pace – Public Policy options to scale and accelerate business action towards Vision 2050, Forests chapter (2012)
  • The Sustainable Forest Products Industry, Carbon and Climate Change: Key messages for policy-makers 3rd edition (2011)
  • Recommendations for Government Negotiators to Effectively Include Harvested Wood Products within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (2011).

Source: All information was taken from the Website & the Publication.





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