Our Environment

A Sustainable Resource

PNG Forest Products’ PEFC Chain of Custody certification demonstrates a commitment to sustainable forest management.  We work in conjunction with the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) to ensure that the highest standards and best environmental practice are maintained at all times. As part of our compliance with PEFC accreditation and certification, PNGFP’s environmental practices are audited annually and DEC conducts annual inspections as part of our operating permit conditions.

All of our timber is sourced from renewable pine plantations, restocked from the PNG Forest Authority’s extensive nursery and annual replanting programs in Bulolo and Wau.

Our sawmilling and manufacturing plants in Bulolo are powered by PNGFP’s own sustainable hydro power stations. The combination of renewable timber resources, processed with sustainable hydro power makes PNGFP’S Engineered Wood Products truly and uniquely 100% green.

Timber – The Ultimate Renewable Source

Timber is renewable, recyclable, waste efficient, biodegradable, non-toxic and it locks carbon away. With a lower net environmental impact than most other building materials, timber is a greenhouse positive product that contributes to the long term reduction of carbon emissions, thus positively addressing climate change.

Comparatively, the process of manufacturing steel, concrete, or aluminium uses substantially more fossil fuel energy per unit volume than timber; so timber has a very low carbon footprint compared to most other building materials. PNGFP’s hydro-powered manufacturing facilities mean that our Timber and Engineered Wood Products have an almost zero carbon footprint, helping to protect our environment for future generations.

“Substituting a cubic metre of wood for other construction materials (concrete, blocks or bricks) results in the significant average of 0.75 to 1 tonne of CO2 savings”.*

* Source: Using wood products to mitigate climate change: A review of evidence and key issues for sustainable development, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Management (ECCM).