The CTI's response highlights the benefits that the UK Timber Industry can bring to a new, long-lasting, low-carbon economy model.
In fact, Timber has an established supply chain with huge potential for rapid growth, helping the UK meet employment, economic and housing targets, whilst also delivering against low-carbon and climate change objectives:
- 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 response - freely downloadable here - is structured in 6 key areas providing useful data and insights on relevant themes such as timber in costruction, forestry, carbon storage, production processes and so on.
The BWF is one of the major trade associations drivers behind the Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) and has been working hard to raise the profile of the woodworking sector and highlight how our industry supports the construction economy and delivers maximum results with minimum environmental impact.
Through the CTI we have developed a manifesto for timber that focusses on key policy areas such as sustainability, jobs, skills and housing - this manifesto is an important documents to engaging with politicians and stakeholders. Here you can read the CTI response to the recent White Paper: Fixing our Broken Housing Market highlighting the vital role timber has in delivering sustainable and quality homes at the levels required to meet the housing shortfall in the UK.