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Assessment of environmental emissions from sawmilling activity in Malaysia


Ramasamy, Geetha and Ratnasingam, Jegatheswaran and Bakar, Edi Suhaimi and Halis, Rasmina and Muttiah, Neelakandan (2015) Assessment of environmental emissions from sawmilling activity in Malaysia. BioResources, 10 (4). pp. 6643-6662. ISSN 1930-2126


The sawmilling sector is the backbone of the Malaysian wood-based industry. Sawn timber is used extensively for further manufacturing of secondary wood-based products. The conversion of saw-logs into sawn timber releases several gases into the atmosphere, and these may contribute to environmental burdens as well as environmental impacts. Thus, this study aims to determine the environmental performance from gate-to-gate in the sawmilling industry using the life cycle assessment technique. Data pertaining to the saw-logs and energy consumption was calculated, and the environmental performance was assessed. The study focused on two different size sawmills and two tropical hardwood species. The findings concluded that several types of gases namely, CO2, CH4, NOx, N2O, SO2, and CO were discharged to the environment as a result of sawmilling processes. The discharge of these gases impacted the environment in the form of global warming, acidification, human toxicity, eutrophication, and photo-oxidant formation potentials.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Forestry
Publisher: North Carolina State University
Keywords: Environmental burdens; Environmental impacts; Life cycle; Sawmilling; Meranti
Depositing User: Mohd Hafiz Che Mahasan
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2016 06:18
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2016 06:18
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/43854
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