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12 May 2021 Ecological Footprint Evaluation of Three Types of Wood Flooring in China Based on Their Production Data from 2000 to 2018
Li Jianquan, Yuan Yue, Luo Shuzheng
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To encourage the environmental responsibility of consumers and manufacturers for forest management, it is necessary to evaluate the environmental influences of forest products. Ecological footprint (EF) is an internationally recognized indicator for estimating the natural capital consumption and environmental influences of various forest products. In this study, we developed an accounting model for the EF evaluation of wood flooring, which is a tertiary forest product, by the method of transformation. Next, we used that model to evaluate the EF of three types of wood flooring in China according to their production data from 2000 to 2018. We collected the necessary data by visiting typical enterprises in China and referring to the relevant literature. According to our results, the average EFs of solid wood flooring, engineered solid wood flooring and laminate flooring between 2000 to 2018 were 3.13×106, 1.05×107 and 5.07×106 gha, respectively. The total EFs of solid wood flooring, engineered solid wood flooring and laminate flooring from 2000 to 2018 were 5.95×107, 1.99×108 and 9.64×107 gha, respectively. The coefficients of variation (CV) of the EFs for these three types of wood flooring were 0.45, 0.87 and 0.76, respectively. The average and total EFs of the engineered solid wood flooring were the largest among the three types of wood flooring. The per capita EF and unit EF for the engineered solid wood flooring were also the highest among the three types of wood flooring. The EFs showed an upward trend with irregular fluctuations from 2000 to 2018 for all three types of wood flooring. It is necessary to reduce the EF of the engineered solid wood flooring and use more environmentally friendly products, such as solid wood flooring, for environmental protection.

Li Jianquan, Yuan Yue, and Luo Shuzheng "Ecological Footprint Evaluation of Three Types of Wood Flooring in China Based on Their Production Data from 2000 to 2018," Journal of Resources and Ecology 12(3), 430-436, (12 May 2021). https://doi.org/10.5814/j.issn.1674-764x.2021.03.012
Received: 27 July 2020; Accepted: 1 March 2021; Published: 12 May 2021
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accounting model
ecological footprint
environmental impact assessment
wood flooring
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