Sustainable timber enriches the environment
Using verified sustainable tropical timber from sustainably managed forests has numerous, often interrelated benefits. These are also increasingly objectively proven and documented and below we give an overview of leading reports providing evidence of those positive impacts.
If sustainably sourced, timber is arguably one of the most renewable and environmentally beneficial manufacturing and construction materials we have. It scores highly in Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), the increasingly widely applied study of a materials’ cradle to grave carbon and broader environmental impacts. This examines every aspect of the market journey, from sourcing, through transport, processing and manufacture, to maintenance, recycling, repair and final disposal. Click here for the summary or complete report (Dutch only) of an LCA comparing performance of sustainably sourced tropical timber against other materials in the construction of cycle bridges, or here for the summary and infographic from an LCA study looking at tropical timber’s use in sheet piling.
Planet, people and profit – the beneficiaries of sustainable forest management
The more the outcomes of SFM are studied and understood, the greater and more varied the benefits are seen to be. Nowhere more so than in tropical forestry. The profits from SFM are environmental, social and commercial. A good source of reports proving the impacts is conservationeffectiveness.org. Below you find an overview the most important reports.
Reports on the impact of SFM
The VIA initiative (2018), communicating the impact of sustainability standards.