Posted by MTV News on Monday, February 10, 2020 06:14:16When you think of lumber production, you probably think of the huge piles of timber that can be found around the world.
But now a new technique is helping the timber industry save more trees and improve the health of the planet.
Tasmania’s Timber Logging Industry Association says it’s a major victory for the environment.
“When we started looking at how we could improve the logging process in the timber business, we thought we would look at what the environment is like and how we can improve it,” TLAIA chairman John Anderson said.
“In the past, there was a huge focus on the timber supply chain, so we looked at what’s in there, what the health impacts are and what can be done to address that.”
The process, called Timber Process Improvement, involves using an electric saw to cut down trees in a controlled way, reducing the amount of CO2 that’s produced.
“We think it’s going to have a huge impact on the forest,” Mr Anderson said, adding the process also has the potential to save millions of dollars for the timber industries.
“The cost of wood is about $5 million per hectare, so that’s not cheap.”
The association’s goal is to have the process rolled out nationwide by 2020, and there are plans to extend it to other industries as well.
“That’s the biggest priority for us, to try and get it to as many of the major industries as we can,” Mr Campbell said.
For those who have lost trees due to climate change, Mr Anderson says it will be a difficult transition.
“This is a very important time for timber,” he said.
“We are losing trees and we want to have those trees to be productive for our industry.”
But we also want to get the cost of the timber down, so the industry can start to grow again.
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