Sustainability

Growing trees in managed plantations on suitable farmland helps to protect our environment while extracting carbon from the atmosphere.  The wood that is produced can be used as a safe and renewable source of energy.

All of our wood is fauna-friendly – sourced from tree plantations that have been planted for perpetual production and are managed to protect the environment and reduce carbon pollution.

Because we source our wood from local farms we also support local farmers who are using farm forestry to better manage their land, their biodiversity and their enterprise.

So if you use wood to heat your home or workplace this winter, you can do some good by clicking here to order quality, locally-grown firewood.

For independent guidance on sourcing sustainable firewood, check out the VNPA’s Sustainable Firewood Guide.

 

How can burning firewood reduce carbon emissions?

Each leaf in a tree’s canopy is quite literally a sophisticated solar panel that has evolved over 400 million years (or so) to efficiently harness the sun’s energy, extracting carbon from the atmosphere in exchange for oxygen. Because our wood has come from trees purposely planted on farmland, the carbon embodied in the wood is simply being re-released when burned ie it is a carbon-neutral process. Not only that, but when you use firewood you are not generating carbon emissions generated by fossil fuels.

In 2003 the CSIRO investigated greenhouse gas emissions from firewood production systems by conducting a life-cycle assessment of greenhouse gas emissions from domestic woodheating. The CSIRO compared emissions of greenhouse gas pollution for a range of energy sources such as coal and gas and rated plantation-grown firewood the best option. In fact, energy sourced from suitable plantations is better than carbon-neutral, because plantations remove carbon from the atmosphere, and the firewood that is produced reduces our consumption of dirty energy sources.