Choose decking for an environmentally sustainable landscape
Natural decking has the lowest embodied energy of any mainstream building material and is a managed material to deliver a more sustainable product. The ethos of grow, use, recycle, grow is a clear demonstration of the environmental benefits of using natural material. The more trees that are planted as a result of the product you specify the more carbon will be absorbed will enhance the environmental credentials of the project. All Marley Anti Slip Timber Decking uses Northern European Redwood, pressure treated to enhance the life span. In Northern Europe the annual growth is more than the annual felling and growing trees absorb more carbon.
Carbon, and especially CO2 emissions, are recognised as a key factor in climate change. Timber can contribute significantly towards the drive to Zero Carbon by 2016 with the carbon sink effect of the forests, the carbon storage of the timber and as substitution for carbon intensive materials.
- Every 1m3 of timber absorbs 1 tonne of CO2.
- Timber energy is CO2 neutral (only the CO2 absorbed is returned back to the atmosphere
- There is little waste in manufacturing, as the by-products can be used for energy generation in bio-mass power plants, which can be used to generate power for the site or the grid.
Marley has full chain of custody. This ensures that the timber for our decking is purchased from both legal and sustainable sources. These schemes trace the timber from forest to end use. FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and PEFC (Programme for the endorsement of Forest Certification schemes) are internationally recognised organisations. PEFC also acts as an umbrella organisation, incorporating national schemes such as CSA (Canadian Standards Authority) and SFi (Sustainable Forestry initiative).