Study led by researcher Ana Claudia Dias from the Department of Environment and Planning and CESAM reveals that the cork industry helps mitigate climate change
Published in 3/2/2016
The use of cork products, in addition to being trendy and serve the national economy, contributes to remove atmospheric gases with greenhouse effect. The results of the study coordinated by the University of Aveiro (UA), the first in the country to quantify the carbon footprint of the cork industry, leaves no doubt as to the ecological powers of the cork oak and the ecosystem that surrounds it: for each cork ton produced, more than 73 tons of carbon dioxide are captured, equivalent to the emissions of that gas released to go about 450,000 kilometers by car.
"This work has given the cork sector information and tools that enable support decision-making with respect to practices that can optimize the carbon footprint of the sector and strengthen the role of industry as an important element in mitigating climate change," says Ana Cláudia Dias.
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