The future is made of wood

Did you know that wooden structures store carbon dioxide? Watch the video to see how construction can help combat climate change.

Wooden structures are urban carbon storages

Climate change is a global problem, and reducing emissions necessary in all aspects of life. When it comes to living and construction, one solution is superior to others: wood.

Wood is a renewable, recyclable and reusable building material. Above all, however, wood stores carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. We are seeking ways to reduce the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, but we must also find ways to bind and store carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.  Every tree used in construction stores carbon and makes way for a new seedling – a new carbon sink. So let’s build the future out of wood.

 

Why is using wood a contribution to the environment?

How is sustainable Finnish forest management making forests increasingly effective carbon sinks? How much would the use of fossil based natural resources decrease if we built more from northern wood? Read the articles below for more information about the properties of wood that help us combat climate change.

     
See how much carbon wood stores
Wooden stool
Avarage 140 m2 wooden single-family home
Avarage 1400 m2 wooden apartment building
Mainly wooden residential area with 2000 residents
CO2 stored in wood
​C​​O​​​2​
8.64 kg
Equal CO2 amount released into the atmosphere
 
Long-distance flight / person
76 km
 
Driving a passenger car
55 km
 
Heating a single-family home (140 m2) with oil
1 day
A wooden stool stores over 8 kg of carbon
Even small wooden items store carbon from the atmosphere. The wood used in the manufacture of a kitchen stool has stored several kilos of carbon from the atmosphere when growing. The impact of an individual stool is minor, but when stools are mass-produced, the amount of carbon stored becomes immense.

"Wood has reached the position it deserves in climate discussions"

Matti Mikkola, Managing director of Puutuoteteollisuus ry, explains why it is important to pay attention to environmental impacts in construction and what kind of tools there are to do so. You will also hear how the emission of two identical apartment houses, one constructed out of wood and the other out of concrete, differ from one another.