When logs arrive at the sawmill, approximately 40-42% of the biomass is allocated for long-term carbon storage. This portion remains sequestered for extended periods, contributing significantly to carbon reduction efforts.
However, it’s crucial to acknowledge that the remaining biomass, while a valuable resource, does return carbon to the atmosphere relatively swiftly. This occurs despite the tree having acted as a carbon sink for nearly 80 years, absorbing and storing carbon dioxide. This underscores the importance of implementing sustainable forestry practices and finding ways to optimize biomass utilization to minimize its impact on the environment.
Continued efforts to develop technologies that enhance the carbon sequestration potential of both retained and released biomass, as well as exploring responsible and efficient biomass utilization methods, will play a crucial role in advancing the sustainability of sawmill operations