Development of carbon storage and emission flow diagram for harvested wood products within British Columbia

The purpose of this project is to aid in the development of more complete carbon accounting within forestry carbon projects, by working towards a means of calculating long term carbon storage within harvested wood products in British Columbia (BC). The project will involve a literature review of harvested wood products manufacturing statistic in BC and product life-cycle information. Using the literature review, a diagram will be developed modeling the flow of carbon from initial forest harvesting to product disposal. This diagram will assist in the overall development of the conceptual carbon flow through the wood products life cycle, and will be used to develop technical descriptions of the input files for a product carbon storage simulation model. The research will improve full carbon stock accounting in Canadian forest carbon projects and increase the ability for forest carbon projects to proceed in Canada.

Garrett McLaughlin
Faculty Supervisor: 
Dr. Gary Bull
British Columbia