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PÖYRY POINT OF VIEW REPORT / 8 Sep 2016

Unlocking the benefits of forest carbon

This Pöyry Point of View explores market based forest carbon solutions that are emerging to help mitigate climate change.

We outline how the Paris climate agreement has been a catalyst for companies to increase climate change mitigation and sustainability initiatives. New solutions are found in forest carbon by combining climate benefits with sustainable forest management and material solutions.

We argue that enhancements can be achieved in existing forests often with minimal changes and without the need for significant investment. The optimisation process relies on a variety of considerations such as the forest type, desired time frame, and carbon impact but all forest growers stand to make improvements in this area.  

Traditionally, climate change has not been a key criteria for decision making in the private sector, as companies have chosen to place a higher focus on consumer preferences, brand management, cost efficiency, performance, safety and regulations. However, climate benefits and sustainability are becoming integral parts of these aspects and the private sector is adapting to include them.

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Terttu-Leea Saarenpaa
Principal, Pöyry Management Consulting