While political decision-makers often emphasize the urgency of addressing global warming, there’s a contradiction in their stance when it comes to wood burning. On one hand, they assert that we’re running out of time to combat climate change. Simultaneously, they argue that all wood burning is carbon-neutral due to the CO2 absorption process during tree growth, without acknowledging that this cycle takes 70 to 100 years to complete.
The reality, however, is quite different. Presently, burning wood or wooden pellets releases more CO2 into the atmosphere than burning coal does. Conversely, when raw materials like sawdust and recycled wood are used to produce products such as particleboard, carbon is effectively stored for decades.