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How can Accoya be considered sustainable if it uses wood from New Zealand?

 A common measure of sustainability is the carbon footprint of a material. While it’s true that transport emissions can be an important contributing factor to a larger carbon footprint, they are only part of the equation. Studies that also take account the rapid carbon sequestration during the growth of the pine trees used for Accoya, and the carbon value of by-products (which are used by other industries and are therefore offset against carbon impacts in our process) show that the carbon footprint of Accoya wood is significantly less than those of other man-made materials such as uPVC, aluminum, concrete and steel.

Sourcing from New Zealand does mean a long total distance travelled for our timber. We do this using the lowest impact mode possible through bulk sea IMO 2000 compliant freight, with efficient vessels and slow steaming reducing transport emissions to a minimum. The service life of our products further reduces the relative impact of transport on lifetime carbon emissions.

The longer-lasting qualities of Accoya wood and the high-yielding nature of the softwood used to make it, add up to a product with low life-cycle carbon emissions, locking carbon up in the built environment like few other materials.

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