Timber industry campaign to reduce CO2 in construction

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Wood CO2ts less aims to increase awareness of timber’s environmental credentials and highlight how using wood from sustainable forests is one of the simplest ways to reduce carbon emissions

The timber industry has already taken its own steps to create more sustainable buildings through initiatives such as the Chartered Institute of Building’s (CIOB) Carbon Action 2050 toolkit.

The Wood CO2ts less campaign calls on the construction industry to continue this positive movement, through using more wood.

Members of the timber industry collaborating on the campaign include Wood for Good and industry bodies Swedish Wood, Confor, the Timber Trade Federation (TTF), Structural Timber Association (STA) and British Woodworking Federation (BWF)

Using timber solutions engineered offsite

Sarah Virgo, Wood for Good campaign manager, said: “The government set a target for the construction industry to achieve net-zero carbon by 2050 but it’s not feasible for all sectors of the economy to become carbon neutral.

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“To reach net-zero, we need to compensate for these emissions by finding ways of removing carbon from the atmosphere. The simplest way to contribute to this reduction is to consider wood first, instead of other materials.

“If we are to meet government targets and reduce climate change, we must act now. Everyone involved with the design and construction of a building, new or old, can play their part in tackling the climate emergency.”

Andrew Carpenter, STA chief executive, said: “The shortage of housing in the UK is an issue that has been acknowledged by successive governments; we must ensure that all new build homes are delivered in a high-quality and sustainable manner.

“Furthermore, to deliver the volume demanded with the urgency suggested, then this is also achievable by using engineered timber solutions that are predominately manufactured offsite – this also alleviates the acknowledged skill-shortage faced by the construction industry.”

Dave Hopkins, TTF chief executive, said: “As we move along construction’s roadmap to recovery, the industry needs to make better choices now.

“We have the skills and resources available to create a better-built environment and timber is at the heart of it all.”

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