Project contact is Ben Amor at Université de Sherbrooke
The circular economy is an economic concept that fits into the framework of sustainable development and which is inspired by the notions of green economy and industrial ecology. Some industries have identified available stocks of their in-service materials, particularly steel and aluminum, and then identified uses for second rotation or possible recycling. Wood products have not been subject to such characterization. The objective of this project is to quantify the volumes of wood in use, to evaluate the amount of biogenic carbon they represent and to propose uses of second rotation to enhance this environmental asset. The material flow analysis (MFA) will be the main methodology to be put forward in this project. The use of the MFA would also allow us to have a time resolution (e.g. annual) and to better monitor the environmental performance of different circular scenarios.