A carbon footprint is defined as the measurement of greenhouse gases produced from day-to-day living through burning fossil fuels for electricity, heating, transportation and product manufacturing. Measured in tons of carbon dioxide, it is a concern for those who believe greenhouse gases are a contributing source to global warming.
Hardwoods play an important role in reducing America’s overall carbon footprint.
- For every ton of wood in a young forest, one ton of oxygen is produced, while absorbing 1.4 tons of carbon dioxide.
- Trees actually sequester carbon into the wood, meaning it will not be released into the atmosphere.
- Carbon emissions associated with manufacturing wood products are less than the carbon stored within the wood during its growth cycle.