Live Webinar

Live Webinar - Let’s Get Real about Wood’s Carbon Footprint


Wednesday, February 7 at 2:00pm Eastern (11:00am Pacific)

You’ve probably heard that wood products are carbon neutral. You might also have heard that timber harvesting causes immense carbon emissions.

Which is it?

Could it be both?

This webinar will investigate these questions and others, using a scientific lens to examine wood’s carbon footprint.

During this event, which is designed to be most helpful to design and construction professionals with advanced knowledge of embodied carbon, whole-building LCA, and related topics, our expert panelists will explore questions like:

  • Why is it so hard to measure the global warming potential of mass timber and other products made with renewable materials?

  • What can life-cycle assessment of wood products tell us?

  • What can't life-cycle assessment of wood products tell us?

  • What’s the justification for treating wood as “carbon neutral” in LCA, and should we keep doing that?

  • With our forests increasingly under threat from climate change, is now the right time to ramp up production of mass timber?

A brief Q&A will follow the panel discussion.

After this webinar, you should be able to:

  1. Apply multiple lenses when considering the climate impacts of mass timber and other wood products.

  2. Define “biogenic carbon” and understand its importance to assessing the sustainability of mass timber and other wood products. 

  3. Consider the assumptions behind carbon-neutrality claims made about wood products, including what “sustainably sourced” means in the context of those claims.

  4. Foster a holistic view of forestry product sustainability that includes the resilience of forests to climate change impacts.