Telling the whole story: The environmental life cycle of American hardwoods

All products have an impact on the environment and this impact can occur at any time during the manufacture, usage or at end of life. All these stages are collectively called a life-cycle. Products have impacts from: material extraction and transport; processing, manufacture, distribution and installation; maintenance and refurbishment; to eventual end of life and disposal.

Maximising carbon storage through sustainable forest management

This briefing draws on information from a range of recent studies to show how a policy of active forest management including sustainable timber production can offer significant carbon benefits compared to a strategy that relies only on forest preservation.

Introduction to U.S. forestry regulation

It is increasingly important for buyers and users of forest products to understand the regulatory framework governing forest management in the countries from where timber is sourced. Laws like the EU Timber Regulation and U.S. Lacey Act require that traders and manufacturers demonstrate this knowledge to regulators so they are assured of a negligible risk of illegal harvest.

Demonstrating the sustainability of U.S. hardwood products

AHEC’s strategy is to demonstrate sustainability against environmental attributes identified in scientific life cycle assessment (LCA) as relevant to U.S. hardwood.