Carbon Sequestration through Application of Industrial Bamboo Materials

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Abstract

This study assesses the carbon sequestration potential through the increased use of industrial bamboo materials in the Western building industry, to better understand how engineered bamboo compares with commonly used building materials such as tropical hardwood. The first objective of this study is to measure the environmental impact of industrial bamboo products and its production process in terms of their CO2 equivalent (carbon footprint). The second objective of this paper is to clarify how carbon sequestration on a global scale, including in bamboo forests and plantations, can be defined and calculated for industrial bamboo products, and how they can be incorporated in the standard carbon footprint calculations. The study concludes that industrial bamboo products, if based on best-practice technology (production chain of MOSO International BV), even when used in Europe, can be CO2 negative over their full life cycle.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ASEAN Bamboo Symposium 2016
EditorsJ. Gisip
PublisherForest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM)
Pages3-14
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)978-967-0622-64-4
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventASEAN Bamboo Symposium 2016: Sustainability and Advancement in Bamboo Utilization - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Duration: 27 Sep 201629 Sep 2016

Conference

ConferenceASEAN Bamboo Symposium 2016
CountryMalaysia
CityKuala Lumpur
Period27/09/1629/09/16

Keywords

  • Carbon footprint
  • LCA
  • climate change mitigation
  • carbon sequestration
  • industrial bamboo products
  • Moso bamboo

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    van der Lugt, P. (2016). Carbon Sequestration through Application of Industrial Bamboo Materials. In J. Gisip (Ed.), Proceedings of the ASEAN Bamboo Symposium 2016 (pp. 3-14). Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM).