Life Cycle Assessment for SMEs in the wood product sector

GHG emissions management at the company level is spreading quickly from the regulated sectors to many actors of the economic life, in parallel with the development of product carbon footprints. In the forest products sector, few SMEs have experience in performing GHG emissions accounting or establishing the Carbon footprint of their products. With the carbon assets of the forest products activities, it can be very useful for the companies in this sector to implement approaches to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels, document these achievements with state-of-the art carbon accounting methods and demonstrate the benefits in their business communication. The efficient implementation in a wood sector SME of a GHG emissions accounting system requires a reliable way to consider biogenic carbon fluxes and stocks in the accounting.

Host description: FCBA is the private research institute of the whole French forest-wood chain with more than 340 collaborators. The institute is active in research and development, standardization, certification, technical assistance, consultancy, expertise, testing, training and information of public and private forest and furniture stakeholders. The research activity addresses tree genetics and breeding, forestry, biotechnology, forest resources modeling, forest harvesting, logistics and transportation, wood quality x process interactions, development of new materials, wood qualification, furniture and building design, wood preservation and processing, sustainable development, socio economic analysis of the forest wood chain.