Accounting for Carbon: Life Cycle of Carbon and the Forest Products Industry
As concerns heighten within the world community over mankind's influence on the global environment by the generation of greenhouse gases, the forest products and paper industry finds it-self at the focal point of this important issue. As the primary steward and refiner of vast amounts of carbonaceous material and as a major consumer of energy, the industry is drawn by both sides of this contentious debate. The positions taken by companies, and the decisions made by their leaders will effect public perception and viability of companies as the global market adapts to these environmental issues. This year's discussion forum will bring together distinguished individuals that offer various perspectives on the impact of carbon life cycle accounting on the forest products and paper industry.
- Program (PDF)
2:30 p.m. Welcome by the Director The significance of Material Lifecycle in the Globalization of the Forest Products Industry
William P. Tully, Provost and V.P. Academics SUNY-ESF
2:45 p.m. A Primer on Life Cycle Analysis
Susan E. Powers, Professor Dept. Civil & Environ. Egr. Clarkson University
3:30 p.m. Projections of Long Term Carbon Sequestration in Solid Wood Products
James Wilson, Professor and CORRIM Member Dept. Wood Sci. and Egr., Oregon State Univ.
4:00 p.m. Break
4:15 p.m. Managing Carbon Assets and Liabilities for the Paper Industry
Michael Scott, Principal Environ International Corporation
4:45 p.m. Carbon Trading from the Kyoto Perspective
Michael J. Walsh, Senior Vice President Chicago Climate Exchange
5:15 p.m. Concluding Remarks
William P. Tully
6:00 p.m. Reception and Joachim Banquet - University Sheraton
Joachim Center for Forest Industry, Economy and Environment
- The Joachim Center focuses on improving the understanding and resolution of environmental problems facing the pulp and paper and related forest industries. The ultimate objective is maintaining a high-quality natural environment and a profitable, vigorous, and competitive industry. The goals of the Center are achieved through four program areas:
- Objective intellectual inquiry into the key challenge-the contribution to a strong economy made by harvesting, processing, and manufacturing timber, a renewable natural resource, into industrial and consumer products and the maintenance of a high-quality living environment.
- Development and promotion of a research agenda that focuses on finding effective solutions to the most critical environmental issues facing the forest-based industries.
- Advancement of a better understanding by industry of the environmental issues facing the forest products industry, government, environmental organizations, and the public, with the objective of finding mutually acceptable solutions beneficial to society.
- Support for resident instruction, research, and public service at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry to address the complex management and policy issues that have an impact on profits, employment, economic growth, and the natural environment.