How green is bamboo?

You may ask yourself: “Just exactly how green is bamboo?”. Fortunately there are various independent scientific methodologies available to determine the exact environmental impact of a material from production to end-of-life. These methodologies such as the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) following ISO 14040/44 and Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) following EN 15804 include crucial environmental impact factors such as toxicity, depletion and greenhouse gas emissions (carbon footprint).

Bamboo Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

In cooperation with INBAR and Delft University of Technology, MOSO® presented a full LCA study on industrial bamboo products during the successful climate conference COP 21 in Paris, December 2015. The report concluded that manufacturing the MOSO® Bamboo Products in China, shipping to Europe and end-of-life disposal of the material by incineration for electricity generation in the Netherlands, had a net negative carbon footprint. This is due to the significant reforestation and afforestation bamboo projects in China, increasing the carbon stock in forest, as well as the substitution of fossil fuels in End of Life, based on relevant waste scenarios in the Netherlands.

Bamboo Carbon footprint LCA

Bamboo Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)

Besides the LCA report, in 2016 MOSO® was the first bamboo supplier to release official third party verified EPD’s (EN 15804). Based on new manufacturing data, in 2022, MOSO® updated the EPD’s for its product range. This kind of so-called Type III EPD merits credits for transparency in environmental reporting for leading green building schemes such as LEED, BREEAM but also national schemes such as DGNB (Germany), HQE (France) and Green Star (Australia). In the latest EPD’s, the calculation includes the Construction Stored Carbon (CSC) that is stored in MOSO® Bamboo Products and based on this most MOSO® Bamboo Products are CO2 neutral or better during the product lifespan.

EPD MOSO® Side Pressed & Plain Pressed

EPD MOSO® Bamboo X-treme®EPD MOSO® Bamboo High Density®

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Would you like to receive more information about the sustainability aspects of MOSO® Bamboo Products? Feel free to get in touch with us!

Dr. ir. Pablo van der Lugt
Sustainability Manager MOSO International B.V., the Netherlands

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