FCWG Learning Exchange Series: Wood Utilization I: Carbon Storage at the Building Scale

Speaker Dr. Indroneil Ganguly presents "Wood Utilization I: Carbon Storage at the Building Scale".


Wood Utilization I: Carbon Storage at the Building Scale


Similar to standing trees in the forests, wood products play an important role in enhancing the global sequestered carbon pool, by retaining the atmospheric carbon in a sequestered form for the duration of the functional life of the wood products. Dr. Indroneil Ganguly will explain the how we have used temporal radiative forcing analysis along with the functional half-life of different wood products to evaluate the impacts of wood products on global warming, including carbon storage and life cycle greenhouse gas production/extraction emissions. He will also discuss how the model can be applied at a landscape level (WA State) and to innovative products like Cross Laminated Timber (CLT). 


  • Dr. Indroneil Ganguly is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington’s School of Environmental and Forest Sciences and Associate Director of the Center for International Trade in Forest Products (CINTRAFOR). Dr. Ganguly’s research focuses on wood products trade and environmental evaluation of traditional and innovative wood products. On the environmental assessment of wood products side, he has developed environmental assessments of a broad range of innovative wood products, ranging from ‘woody biomass-based bio-fuels’ to ‘Cross Laminated Timber’. On the international trade aspect, Dr. Ganguly’s research investigates the impacts of trade/legality regulations on global wood-products trade flows. Over the past 15 years, Dr. Ganguly has undertaken research in India, China, Vietnam, Japan and,Thailand, exploring trade and environmental policies in those countries. As of 2020, he has published over 30 peer-reviewed journals articles, numerous wood products related working papers and industry-oriented newsletter articles. Dr. Ganguly also teaches environmental economics, forestry and applied-biostatistics courses at the University of Washington

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