UK ‘green’ policies will accelerate global deforestation

Published:  30 June, 2017

Use Wood Wisely’s website tackles environmental issues affecting the UK and the wider world, debating the pressing need for sustainable and renewable energy sources.

The website highlights how UK’s ‘green’ policies could potentially lead to deforestation and harm the environment, as burning wood is not considered a renewable source. The site is hosted by Norbord.

The information about this environmental argument is easy to digest as it is a colourful, emotive site are links to further reading and reports that add depth to the reader’s understanding.

Norbord argues that all wood must be used sensibly and that a cascade of use should be adhered to. At the end of its first life, wood or a wood-based product should always be re-used or re-cycled to gain the greatest benefits from a longer period of carbon storage; only at the very end of its useful life should it be burnt as a source of energy.

Burning wood of any sort should be absolutely the last usage – if the only alternative option is landfill - because burning releases locked up CO2 earlier than is necessary and is an incredibly wasteful use of a precious resource.

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