Should you choose an artificial or real Christmas tree?

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    The first ISO-compliant, third-party peer reviewed Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) comparing the most common artificial Christmas tree to the most common real Christmas tree sold in the United States, found that the choice of either tree has a negligible impact on the environment.

    Susan Fredholm Murphy

    New Zealand Forestry Carbon Footprint

    This project assessed the global warming potential of one average cubic metre of Radiata pine produced in New Zealand using a Life Cycle Assessment methodology. The system boundary extended from the Radiata pine nursery (cradle) to cartage of the Radiata pine roundwood to the sawmill (gate). Harvesting and cartage dominated the overall global warming potential of the roundwood (50% and 42%, respectively). This report has been submitted to the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF).

    Prepared for MAF by Scion


    Tenon Mouldings Plant Carbon Footprint

    This project assessed the global warming potential of the product range manufactured at the Tenon mouldings plant in Taupo. Life Cycle Assessment was used for this assessment. The product range included: treated green lumber; kiln dried unsurfaced lumber; kiln dried surfaced lumber; clear boards; clear mouldings; and LIFESPAN LOSP treated fingerjointed product. The system boundaries extended from cradle (forestry) to gate (distribution to domestic and export markets). The report is confidential to Tenon.

    Prepared by Scion


    Advanced LCA Course

    This two-day life cycle assessment course is aimed at participants who already have some knowledge of LCA, and would like to know in detail how an LCA is conducted. The course also contains interactive exercises and provides information on current initiatives, further reading and useful contacts. The courses were presented in Auckland and Christchurch in October 2009, with more locations planned for the future.

    Prepared by Scion in association with the New Zealand Society for Sustainability Engineering and Science (2009)