Frequently Asked Question's
What is The Ultimate Renewable™?
The Ultimate Renewable™ is a brand that aims to inform the public about the environmental advantages of choosing forest and wood products. Consumers are increasingly choosing alternatives to unsustainable materials and The Ultimate Renewable™ brand seeks to reframe forestry in the eyes of consumers, change dated and negative perceptions and misconceptions about forestry and reinforcing the association between wood and renewability.
How can I get involved?
The Ultimate Renewable™ offers a universal, positive communications message for the sector to share. There are many ways to get involved with The Ultimate Renewable™ campaign.
- You can sign up to be a Program Partner. The Ultimate Renewable™ Partner Program is an industry campaign to promote the sustainability and environmental advantages of Australia's forest and wood products industry. As environmental issues become increasingly important to Australian businesses and consumers, it is important that the forest and wood products industry unites behind a single, strong environmental brand - The Ultimate Renewable™. Chosen after an extensive research process involving both industry members and consumers, The Ultimate Renewable™ promotes the benefits the industry brings to the environment and how it is addressing climate change.
- Digital Packs – Promote The Ultimate Renewable™ message with our easy to download Digital Pack of pre-approved logos and social media assets.
- The Ultimate Renewable™ Store – You can purchase products that are made from wood at our store and take advantage of cobranding. Purchasing wood products means making a conscious effort to choose a sustainably resourced item.
How can using wood address climate change?
The use of wood sourced from responsibly managed forests and plantations offers a way to reduce the amount of atmospheric carbon, which helps to address climate change.
As trees grow, they take carbon out of the atmosphere, which remains stored by the wood after it is harvested and used in construction or the manufacture of wood products.
In responsibly managed forests and plantations, the harvested trees are replaced with new seedlings.
How do trees store carbon?
As trees grow, they take carbon out of the atmosphere through the process of photosynthesis. Approximately half the dry weight of wood is carbon.
The carbon remains stored in all wood products for the life of the product.
What are the environmental benefits of choosing wood over other materials?
Using wood over many other conventional materials helps to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Not only does it sequester carbon from the atmosphere, but timber production also has lower levels of embodied energy (or the amount of CO2 emitted during the manufacture, transport and construction of a material).
Are harvested trees replanted?
Forest management for wood production is a commercial activity. It is therefore in the interests of forest growers and their customers to replant harvested trees to ensure their business thrives.
In Australia, more than 70 million seedlings are planted each year by Australia’s plantation owners, while native forest managers renew their forests through natural or artificial reseeding.
What is independent certification and who manages the certifications?
Independent certification means that a third-party company has assessed the quality of the forest management and production against a set of agreed upon standards that ensure wood comes from legally harvested and well-managed forests and plantations. It also considers environmental, social and economic factors.
The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) are the internationally recognised forest certification networks. The PEFC is administered by Responsible Wood, in Australia.
How many of Australia’s forests are certified?
About 8.9 million hectares of native forests and plantations were certified for forest management under either the Responsible Wood Certification Scheme or the Forest Stewardship Council scheme at June 2018. Some forests and plantations were certified under both schemes.
How much of the wood used today in Australia is certified?
A very high proportion of the wood used in Australia comes from forests and plantations that have been independently certified by PEFC and/or FSC.
The Australian Government has enacted strong laws to ensure all wood in Australia has been legally sourced.
How do I know if the wood products I am purchasing come from certified forests?
Wood and wood-based products that are sourced from certified forests are tracked using chain-of-custody certification, which is labelled on consumer products.