Sustainability and the environment

PEFC certified

Naturally we are PEFC-certified. We were the first Austrian timber manufacturer to be awarded this certificate. This provides our customers with additional assurance that the wood used for our products originates from sustained forest cultivation. 

 

A Country of Forests

There are 4 million hectares of forest in Austria - this corresponds to 48 % of the total surface area. 1.1 billion m³ of wood is available for use from the Austrian forest.

In addition, 31 million m³ of wood is regenerated every year, of which only two thirds are used.

 

 

Taking and Giving Back

Austria’s forestry sector has been governed by some of the world’s strictest forestry laws for 160 years. When maintaining and using the forests, it is important to ensure that their biodiversity, productivity, and capacity for regeneration are preserved, both now and for the future. Austria is the only EU country to require forest owners with a minimum forest area of 1000 hectares to employ full-time state-certified foresters.

 

Ever Increasing Sustainability

Wood is a renewable resource which is available in large quantities and offers the most varied types of application. 

Wood in forests grows at a rate of 1 cubic meter per second. Over a year, this equates to 30.4 million cubic meters or 4000 hectares of forest area – that’s almost 5500 soccer fields.

An average family house built using wood construction requires around 40 cubic meters of wood. This means that the wood required for 2160 houses can be grown in just one day.

 

Climate-friendly

Forests are not only important for recreational use and for the timber they produce but they make a significant contribution to climate protection.

Trees extract the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air as they grow. The carbon remains stored in the trees, while the oxygen is released back into the atmosphere.

If wood is not used, the decaying process in the forest sets the carbon free again. By using wooden products, this carbon remains stored in the wood over a period of many years and thereby contributes to the alleviation of the CO2 problem.

800 million tonnes of carbon (CO2) are stored in Austria’s forests.

That corresponds to approx. 3 billion tonnes of bound CO2 or 35 times the amount of CO2 that is emitted in Austria each year.

 

 

Construction with wood reduces the ecological footprint

Harvesting wood from the forest and using it as a building material increases the forest’s climate protection.

Every cubic meter of wood used for construction binds a tonne of CO2 for the long term.

At the same time, new trees are growing in the forest in place of the felled trees, and these again actively absorb CO2.

Over their entire life cycle, wooden buildings have a 50% lower CO2 footprint than buildings made of non-renewable materials.

Products made from wood use substantially less energy during their production than, for example, steel, plastic or concrete. Accordingly, these resources are conserved through the use of wood. 

 

Eco to the end

At the end of its life cycle, wood does not need costly disposal.

By recycling or upcycling, e.g. new furniture made from old roof trusses.

When raw materials can no longer be used, wood can be burnt & used to generate energy.

This means at the end, only as much CO2 is emitted as was bound at the start of photosynthesis.

 

 

Mosser – climate formula

Processed wood binds CO2, thereby reducing the impact on our climate. The quantity of wood we process each day binds a volume of CO2 that equates to the weight of 333 hippos.