The Future is made of Bamboo 竹材引领未来(一)

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Bamboo structures are urban carbon storages



Climate change is a global problem and reducing emissions necessary in all aspects of life. When it comes to living and construction, one solution is superior to others: bamboo.



Bamboo is a renewable, recyclable and reusable building  material. Above all, however, bamboo stores carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. We are seeking ways to reduce the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, but we must also find ways to bind and store carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.  Every bamboo used in construction stores carbon and makes way for a new seedling – a new carbon sink. So let’s build the future out of bamboo.



Why is using bamboo a contribution to the environment?


The future cannot be built from fossil-based resources. Rather, our tomorrow is made from bamboo. It is grown in forests, whose sustainable and resource-smart management provides us with a unique opportunity to replace the use of those raw materials that are harmful for the climate and to slow down the increase of carbon dioxide concentrations in the  atmosphere.


We have two ways we can slow down the climate change. The first and most important one is the reduction of fossil-based carbon dioxide emissions, and the second one is the binding and storage of the carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere. Forests play a significant role in terms of the latter, since every tree and every product made from bamboo stores carbon throughout their life-cycle.


While bamboo plays a key role in climate change mitigation, we can’t stack all emissions on the shoulders of forests.


According to the Paris Agreement, the entire world should becarbon neutral by 2050. To achieve this goal, Finland, alongside other EUcountries, has made a commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 40per cent by 2030.


This means that we still have a long way to go in terms of acarbon-neutral world and that the road there requires ecologically efficientsolutions that allow us to use our natural resources more wisely and to reducethe volume of greenhouse gas emissions to a point where our carbon sinks areable to compensate for them in full.



A well-growing forest binds carbon dioxide


“Forests are a unique natural resource in the sense that they grow all the time. In addition, we can influence how they grow and how much they are able to bind carbon. In fact, sound forest management allows us to achieve quite a lot,” Quoted from the Natural Resources Institute Finland.

“森林是一种独特的自然资源,因为它们一直在生长。此外,我们还可以影响它们的生长方式以及它们与碳的结合能力。事实上,健全的森林管理让我们取得了很大的成就。”引自 芬兰自然资源研究所。


"If forests are not managed or used, they will stop being a carbon sink and turn into a source of emissions instead.”




The future is in bamboo


When we use bamboo, we can replace the use of raw materials thatput a substantially heavier burden on the environment.


Nowadays, bamboo can be used to make just about anything that fossil-based raw materials are used for now. The most important thing is to make as much use of the valuable, northern bamboo raw material as possible, and to process it into products that bind carbon in diverse ways, can replace fossil materials and are recyclable and compostable.



2021年4月29日 13:50