Understanding bamboo’s climate change potential

Bamboo can be a durable alternative to many traditional materials. Credit: MOSO Bamboo Products by AWood.

Bamboo can be used for a number of durable products, including furniture, flooring, housing and pipes, and can replace emissions-intensive materials including timber, plastics, cement and metals. Interestingly, bamboo could also substitute high-carbon intensity energy, such as fossil fuel-based energy sources. For example, the report estimates that substituting electricity from the Chinese grid with electricity from bamboo gasification would reduce CO2 emissions by almost 7 tonnes of CO2 per year. Over 30 years, the CO2 emissions reduction would be 55 tonnes of carbon per hectare.