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The Environmental Impact of Industrial Bamboo Products

Technical Reports
The Environmental Impact of Industrial Bamboo Products

Author:

P. van der Lugt; J.G. Vogtlander

Publisher:

INBAR

Year:

2015

Pages:

53

Keywords:

environment, bamboo, products, industry, impacts, sustainability

This report presents the results of a Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA) and carbon footprint analysis of a selection of industrial bamboo products that are manufactured by the company MOSO International. The analysis was done to determine the impact that their production and disposal have on the environment. Bamboo flooring, decking, panels and beams have been evaluated. This study shows that if production parameters are optimised, these industrial bamboo products can have a negative carbon footprint over their full life-cycle, from cradle to grave. This means that the credits gained through carbon sequestration, and from burning to produce electricity in a power plant at the end of each product’s life, outweigh the emissions caused by the production and transport
processes.

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