Timber industry – key contributor to low carbon economy say CTI

In Blog by Trevor

The UK Timber Industry can help bring about a stronger new, longer-lasting, low-carbon economy model for the future.

That’s what the Confederation of Timber Industries highlights in its recently produced brief response to the Clean Growth Strategy policy paper released by the UK Government.

The CTI’s response highlights the fact that Timber has an established supply chain with huge potential for rapid growth.

This is very much a situation, claim the CTI, that can help the UK meet employment, economic and housing targets, whilst also delivering against low-carbon and climate change objectives.

These key ‘deliverables’ are:-

Timber is one of the safest and cheapest forms of carbon capture and storage available.

The UK Timber Industry employs 150,000 people in the manufacturing and supply chain and an additional 200,000 UK construction jobs (and a third of construction apprenticeships) are in wood related trades.

The forestry and timber industry is a key part of our environmental and industrial heritage and a vital part of our low-carbon future.

Timber products have the lowest embodied carbon of any mainstream building material.

Timber product manufacturing has significant potential to reduce the Emissions Intensity Ratio (EIR).

The full detail of the response – freely downloadable here is structured in 6 key areas providing useful data and insights on relevant themes such as timber in construction, forestry, carbon storage, production processes and so on.

For any comments or suggestions, please send an email to info@cti-timber.org