The project will focus on identifying the best methodology for assessing the carbon footprint of forestry activities and the wider wood supply chain, and providing a prototype footprint calculator.
Simon Miller, Best Foot Forward’s Consultancy Director, said, “Wood is one of the world’s key renewable resources. We’re delighted to be working with TRADA Technology, the Sylva Foundation and the Forestry Commission on developing a best practice approach to calculating GHG emissions in the wood supply chain.”
The project partners are keen to engage all sections of the wood supply chain in testing the methodological approach and the usability of the footprint toolkit. Forestry companies, saw mills, wood processors, timber merchants and energy from wood producers are invited to visit the project website www.woodfootprint.co.uk which has details of the research to date and how interested parties can make contributions.
As well as being published at the end of March 2011, the results of the work will be presented at the new showcase for innovation in timber, Timber Expo, being hosted by TRADA Technology at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena on 27th and 28th September 2011 (see http://www.timber-expo.co.uk/).