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Wood as raw material

Wood is an excellent material for producing pallets and other types of packaging, also from an environmental point of view. Using wood has many positive effects on the environment since it is a renewable resource.

Almost all human activity produces greenhouse gasses, either directly or indirectly: going to work, watching TV or having lunch. The most important greenhouse gas we humans produce is carbon dioxide. The so-called Carbon Footprint is a measure of how much greenhouse gas a certain activity, a group of activities or product produces. The main reason to calculate the carbon footprint is to understand how it is possible to reduce a company, service or product carbon footprint.

The term “carbon neutral” is used for something that has a carbon footprint of zero. Wood products from sustainable forestry have a negative carbon footprint. This means that they act as carbon stores. As trees grow they “bound” carbon oxides from the atmosphere through photosynthesis and stored as carbon in the organic material that makes out the trees. In a case study shows how the buildings carbon footprint can be reduced by increasing the use of sustainably produced wood raw material which acts as a long-term carbon storage. If you want to read more about the carbon footprint we recommend Swedish Forest Industries website.

Carbon footprint per pallet change annually due to energy consumption and transportation distances differ from one year to the next. An EUR-pallet (cradle to gate) has a carbon footprint of -31,63 kg CO2. Here you can see the carbon footprint for an EUR-pall 2014.

The following film offers more information on the positive environmental effects of using wooden pallets.