There have not been many of my posts that have not praised the flexibility and beauty of timber. In the UK we have a very active promotion of timber through various trade associations including the Timber Trade Federation, but especially in the WOOD FOR GOOD campaign. We should be promoting the use of timber at every opportunity. Those of us in the timber industry truely have a product which is helping the world in its task of healing the global warming problem.
But are you aware of the benefits of the use of timber in helping to deal with climate change issues? Well, here are a few statistics:
- For every cubic metre of timber or wood products used in construction, approximately one tonne of carbon dioxide is saved.
- Wood products have some of the best thermal performance properties of any mainstream construction material. Wood insulates 15 times better than concrete, 400 times better than steel and 1,770 times better than aluminium.
- Europe’s stock of wood products stores an estimated 220 million tonnes of carbon.
- The timber industry employs nearly 200,000 people in the UK and is worth nearly £20 billion to the UK economy. As demand for wood grows, so will the industry, increasing the strength of the rural economy in the UK.
- Currently, European forests provide a carbon sink for around 150-200 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide, with an additional 500 million tonnes sequestered annually. These same forests also provide approximately 90% of European timber and wood products, which store an additional 220 million tonnes of carbon dioxide.
- Climate change experts have claimed that simply by increasing the UK’s forest cover from 12 to 16 per cent, the country could, by 2050, abate up to 10% of our national carbon dioxide emissions.
- At end-of-life, timber can either be recycled into panel boards and other products or used for renewable energy recovery.
- Between 12-30 tonnes of carbon can be stored in the fabric and content of an average timber house
- A ten per cent increase in the percentage of wooden houses in Europe would produce sufficient CO2 savings to account for about 25% of the reductions prescribed by the Kyoto Protocol.
Some impressive figures, I hope you will agree. Each and every time that we choose a timber product over another material in our lives, we also benefit in another way.
And………. as we have said so many times, timber is by far more the beautiful raw material.
AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY – USE WOOD!!