New manifesto calls for greater use of wood

Friday 5 Nov 2021

To avert the worst effects of climate change, global forest and timber industries are calling on politicians and policy makers to urgently support the scaling up of wood use in a new manifesto, CEO of the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA), Chair of the UN Advisory Committee of Sustainable Forest Based Industries (ACSFI) and Member of the global wood industry’s COP26 International Partners Advisory Body, Ross Hampton said.

The manifesto sets out the case for how the world can make greater use of sustainable wood to transform our built environment, which is currently responsible for approximately 40 per cent of global energy related CO2 emissions. Achieving net zero CO2 emissions by 2050 requires construction to rapidly decarbonise whilst still meeting the needs of a growing urban population, the increasing demand for new buildings, and the urgent requirement to renovate existing buildings,” Mr Hampton said.

As reported last week, the manifesto, was launched at 12:00pm UK time on 28 October, during the Royal Institute of British Architect’s Built Environment Summit to a global audience. Speaking at the launch of Time for Timber, Andrew Waugh of Waugh Thistleton Architects said, “Wood and wood-based materials offer solutions based on existing business models and proven technology. This is ‘carbon capture and storage’ in action now – with no further research or technological breakthroughs needed.

Paul Brannen, Director of Public Affairs for CEI-Bois and EOS added, “The primary purpose of the Time for Timber manifesto is to convey to those attending the COP26 in Glasgow that wood is the key material that can decarbonise the built environment both quickly and at scale. We will now be taking this manifesto to Glasgow with our international partners, which include the UK, Europe, Canada, the USA, New Zealand and Australia, to call on politicians to implement the recommendations and take action now.”

The five recommendations included in the report seek to rapidly scale up global forestry and timber industries and enhance the ability of the supply chain to minimise CO2 emissions across the lifecycle of any wood product:

1. Embed mandatory lifecycle assessments and embodied carbon thresholds within local and national building plans.

2. Increase the use of wood within new builds and renovations.

3. Drive the growth of the bio-based circular economy through sustainable public procurement.

4. Facilitate resource efficient use of wood and wood recycling, especially collection and sorting in municipalities, and develop measures to gain access to post-consumer wood, an invaluable secondary raw material resource.

5. Increase training to upskill workers and create new jobs to boost the development of a sustainable and circular bioeconomy.

Source: AFPA

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