Sustainability and the carbon economy

Challenges

What are the problems faced by the industry in this area?
Understanding carbon metrics (e.g., life-cycle assessments, greenhouse gas emissions) is increasingly important to process and product development
Impact on greenhouse gas emission reduction of sequestering carbon in bio-sourced products is not consistently understood internationally
Lack of standard methods to monitor attributes of novel bio-sourced products

Actions

What does FPInnovations do to address the challenges?
Develop a carbon assessment framework for traditional and non-traditional forest sector products to support product development and provide a market advantage for these bio-sourced materials
Build a decision-making tool that can help governments, industry associations and other stakeholders evaluate climate change mitigation options offered by the forestry and forest products sector (BioGES - Quebec)
Guide development of national and ISO standards to ensure they are favourable to the trade of bio-sourced materials and chemicals

Goals & Impacts

What are the goals to reach and what are the impacts on members?
Widespread use of cellulose nanomaterials and other bio-sourced products from forests in consumer markets
Build an effective data-driven story for the sustainability and sequestration of carbon in commercial bio-sourced products
Create or update national and ISO standards for material characterization to support global trade
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