Biodiversity, climate change, and timber

Biodiversity, climate change, and timber

BLOG · BY TTF CEO, DAVID HOPKINS · 01 October

Against this evolving landscape, it is more important than ever we emphasise the role of sustainable timber in construction in the UK for climate change, as well as in supporting biodiversity. Two major ways you can do this right now is by participating in the WoodCO2ts less campaign, and by sharing CONFOR’s recent Biodiversity Forestry Report.

World leaders gathered yesterday for the UN Biodiversity Summit in New York. The UN secretary general, António Guterres, Prince Charles and the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, opened the event. This is one of the few major environmental conferences to go ahead in 2020 following the delay of the Climate Change Conference COP26, which had been due to take place in Glasgow in November.

This comes just a few weeks after the World Wildlife Federation published their Living Planet Report which showed that on average, global populations of mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles plunged by 68% between 1970 and 2016.

Against this evolving landscape, it is more important than ever we emphasise the role of sustainable timber in construction in the UK for climate change, as well as in supporting biodiversity. Two major ways you can do this right now is by participating in the WoodCO2ts less campaign, and by sharing CONFOR’s recent Biodiversity Forestry Report.

Continually raising public and political awareness of the merits of timber, as well as the expertise of the UK industry, will be essential to our future growth as an industry. This becomes even more the case as UK Government spending and policies are compelled to consider their climate consequences, which can be seen with the addition of social value to central Government procurement.

Timber construction can deliver natural, social, and economic benefits. You will gain an advantage in the marketplace if you can showcase these to your clients – particularly when both national and local government continue to grow their role in housing delivery.

In the meantime, TTF projects such as the Conversations about Climate Change, due to open in the Building Centre in November, the launch of the TTF Due Diligence Toolkit, and our ongoing policy, campaign, marketing and communications programme all help position timber to succeed in this environment.

By working together, we ensure timber is the material of choice for sustainable construction.

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