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Title: Carbon storage in harvested wood products for Ireland 1961-2009

Author: Donlan, Jennifer; Skog, Kenneth; Byrne, Kenneth A.;

Date: 2012

Source: Biomass and Bioenergy, Volume 46, 2012; pp. 731-738.

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: Forests are significant stores of carbon (C). This has been recognised by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and forests are one of the sectors which are included in national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories. Some of this C pool remains in wood after harvest and can remain in use for long periods of time. Accounting for the C stored in harvested wood products (HWP) can potentially contribute to GHG mitigation. A model was developed for this research to estimate C stocks and flows in HWP in Ireland for the years 1961e2009. The change in carbon stocks in HWP were estimated on an annual basis and shown to increase between 1961 and 2009. This increase in annual net additions to C stocks is the result of an increase in domestic harvest (and the resulting inflow into HWP pool) and an increase in HWP going to end uses with longer half-lives. This model (using a Tier II method) is an improvement to previous national estimates (using the Tier I method). Uncertainty was reduced by utilizing national data. This work shows that HWP has considerable potential to support GHG mitigation in Ireland. Inclusion of HWP in Ireland’s National Inventory Report (NIR) would give a more comprehensive picture of how the Irish forest sector is mitigating GHG emissions. This model will be incorporated into CARBWARE (Black 2008), the model used to estimate C stored in each of the 5 forest pools, of current and future Irish forests.

Keywords: HWP, Harvested wood products, Carbon accounting, Stock-change approach, Production approach, Atmospheric-flow approach

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Donlan, Jennifer; Skog, Kenneth; Byrne, Kenneth A. 2012. Carbon storage in harvested wood products for Ireland 1961-2009. Biomass and Bioenergy 46: 731-738.


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