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Table 2 Descriptions of the lifecycle processes and stages in BC-HWPv1

From: Forest carbon in North America: annual storage and emissions from British Columbia’s harvest, 1965–2065

Event name


Lumber mills (MLMB)

Transfer of C from whole logs primarily into solid wood products over 6 mm in thickness.

Chip mills (MC)

Transfer of whole logs primarily into chips for pulp and paper.

Plywood and veneer mills (MPLY)

Transfer of whole logs primarily into laminated veneer lumber, veneer and plywood.

Panel mills (MPNL)

Transfer of C that may come from whole logs for oriented strand board or as wood waste from other mills for use in particleboard or fibre board.

Lumber (PPLMB)

C in dimensional lumber.

Chips (PPCHP)

C in chips, predominantly softwood.

Plywood (PPPLY)

C in plywood with plys of 6 mm or less in thickness and veneer of 6 mm or less in thickness.

Panels (PPPNL)

C in oriented strand board, fiberboard, particleboard and panels.

Mechanical mills (MP M)

C in chips input to mechanical and semi-chemical pulping simulation

Chemical mills (MP C)

C in chips input to chemical pulping technologies simulation

Combustion fuel (B)

C as chips, solid wood, sawdust, black-liquor, waste wood or paper intended to be burned.

Retirement (R)

Loss of C from in-use pools into waste or recycled back into in-use pools.

Aerobic decay (Ae)

Decomposition in an oxygen-rich environment.

Anaerobic decay (Anae)

Decomposition without oxygen.

Potential CH4 released (pot CH4)

The amount of methane produced by the simulation of anaerobic decay.

Oxidation (O)

A molecular reaction where hydrogen is lost and oxygen is added.


Landfill gas collection and flaring