- Often defined as a carbon pump, wood acts significantly in reducing the greenhouse effect.
- It represents a sustainable alternative to the use of fossil fuels.
- Its transformation and its valorization (except paper industry) require only little water. We speak of a dry sector.
- It prevents natural risks of erosion or landslides by stabilizing the soil.
- Most of the wood industry's waste is recycled into co-products that can be used to manufacture paper pulp or particleboard.
The wood industry in France
Forestry management: guaranteeing the sustainability of the wood industry
The wood industry in a few figures :
France is the fourth most forested country in Europe (31% of the territory) and has no less than 16.7 million hectares of forest in mainland France.
This is the added value of the wood industry, representing 1.1% of French GDP in 2018.
This is the share of wood harvested per year, of which 10.3 million is industrial wood, 20 million is timber and 8.5 million is energy wood.
This is the amount of carbon stored in French forests according to the National Forestry Office.
This is the number of direct and indirect jobs in the sector. This represents 1.4% of the active population.