More than one-quarter of all timber processed in Australia is green, according to an international study released on Tuesday.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said the term green meant that the timber was harvested on a consistent basis and the quality of the product was considered.
The timber processing industry in Australia currently uses a standard that is defined by the Australian Institute of Timber Management (AITM) in the North East, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia.AITMs definition for green timber is: “An Australian product that is of high quality and has been processed under a consistent and transparent management plan and with an emphasis on sustainable and responsible management practices.
It has been determined to be of high value for the environment, biodiversity, and the economy and the timber processing community in Australia.”
Timber processing is an important industry for the region and has a long history in Australia, including in the mining industry, forestry, and timber processing.
It also has a significant impact on the region’s environment.
According to UNEP, “the value of timber processing to the environment is estimated to be worth around $US1.2 billion a year, including timber, timber products and materials such as stone, rock and cement.
The international study, released by the UN Environment Programme, found that green timber could be used to produce a range of products.
The study found that timber processing accounted for approximately 50 per cent of Australia’s total timber production.
The research showed that there were “significant and significant” environmental benefits for the timber industry in terms of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, water contamination and land degradation.”
A study by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) in 2012 showed that by 2030, the industry could significantly reduce greenhouse gas pollution by 70 per cent, as well as reducing soil erosion, by converting degraded forestland to green plantations,” the UNEP report said.
The findings of the UN study come after an increasing number of regional councils and state and territory governments, including Queensland, Western Australia and New South Wales, have pledged to develop green timber rules.”
Green timber means that timber is harvested on an consistent basis, meets environmental requirements, is processed on a sustainable and environmentally responsible management plan, and has quality and integrity that is high value to the community,” UNEP executive director Paul Branson said.”
These are good things.
They are also a way of meeting some of the environmental obligations that are in place in other jurisdictions around the world.
“The findings were based on a multi-year study by UNEP.
A study on the impact of forest degradation in the Northern Territory was published earlier this year.
The UNEP study found a potential $US150 million in direct benefits for local communities and businesses through the introduction of green timber production, including a 10 per cent increase in the number of jobs, a 50 per of annual income boost for rural communities, and a 30 per cent decrease in the amount of water lost to the atmosphere.
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