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The Critical Decade: Tasmanian impacts and opportunities

DATE 24/02/2012

Forestry Tasmania would like to congratulate the Climate Commission for its professionalism and science based approach to its report The Critical decade: Tasmanian impacts and opportunities.

FT's Senior Research Officer: Forest Carbon Dr Martin Moroni led a group of around 90 forest professionals from around the country who contributed advice to the Climate Commission, and was integral in representing the forest industry on a national level. (download report here)

The report spells out the urgency Tasmanians have in making sure climate change risks are minimised now. The next decade is particularly critical and the decisions made between now and 2020 will shape our own and our children's future, particularly in terms of the opportunities for forests and the carbon cycle.

When considering how to help save the planet, the simple message is to reduce fossil fuel use and substitute greenhouse gas intensive building products such as steel and concrete, with wood products.

The report makes the comparison that in Australia, the emissions associated with using elevated timber floor are 13% lower than using concrete slabs, and using timber frames generates between 21 - 43% fewer emissions than using steel frames.

The report also touches on the benefit of using wood residues in place of fossil fuels to produce electricity, heat and liquid biofuels - something that FT is already exploring in the Innovation Plan.

The release of the report coincides with the return of the successful Wood. Naturally Better TV commercial that was released under Planet Ark's Environmental Edge brand. The commercial will begin airing again from March but you can watch it here.