Published on 3 September 2020
As the timber industry comes together to raise awareness of wood’s many environmental and construction benefits, we are pleased to support the new Wood CO2ts less campaign.
The aim of the campaign is to promote the use of wood products as low carbon materials and illustrate how using wood can help reduce carbon in the atmosphere and slow down climate change. Wood for Good, Confor, Swedish Wood, Timber Trade Federation, Structural Timber Association and the Confederation of Timber Industries are all supporting this important UK campaign.
Alun Watkins, PEFC UK’s Executive Director said: “We are pleased to support this UK-wide campaign which aims to highlight the many strengths wood has across the built environment. Of course making sure the raw material is responsibly sourced from a legal and sustainable origin is hugely important. This campaign crucial as we all strive to reduce our carbon levels to meet the UK’s 2050 net zero carbon emissions commitment.”
One simple way to reach net zero carbon emissions is to substitute other materials for wood. Timber products can make a hugely positive difference in creating a more sustainable built environment in the following ways:
• Using wood from sustainably managed forests instead of other materials is one of the simplest ways to reduce the carbon emissions generated by the construction industry
• Wood captures and stores carbon for the life of the wood product
• Using wood instead of other materials saves CO2 emissions, both through the carbon captured and stored in the wood product and the avoidance of using alternative CO2-intensive materials
• Using wood in construction is a cost-effective solution to carbon capture.
More information about the campaign can be found on their website here