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Wood is at the top of the ranking among sustainable materials because, in addition to being a renewable raw material, it has the special ability to capture and “store” carbon dioxide within itself.

It absorbs CO2 naturally in the forest and stores it like a tank once it becomes a piece of furniture.

The issue of CO2 sequestration (Carbon Capture and Storage, CCS) contrasts energy-intensive, high-carbon industrial materials (eg metals and synthetic materials) with timber products that, on the contrary, subtract CO2 from the atmosphere from the beginning to the end of their life cycle.

The figures are impressive: every cubic metre of wood stores about 250 kg of carbon. This is as true for natural wood and for recycled wood, which has a double significance, further lengthening the life cycle of the product itself (Life Cycle Assessment). Compared to landfill disposal, increased recycling of wood (and paper) extends over time the ability to continue to act as a reservoir of carbon that the forests had absorbed.

The sensitivity to these issues, which originated in the United States, is quickly spreading around Europe: recently the European Commission identified in the entire wood production chain one of the most virtuous production cycles from an environmental point of view.

The Commission, in highlighting the contribution of the timber industry in the fight against climate change, recognises to wood products precisely the function of Carbon Storage that wood products, by their nature, carry out. Products such as furniture, components, construction timber.

The very high percentage of collected and recycled material, the policies of responsible forest management and finally the removal of CO2 from the atmosphere: these are the resources that wood offers for the protection of the climate and the environment.