Growing our low-carbon future: International Wood Manifesto to be launched prior to COP26

2nd November, 2021

An international wood manifesto making the case to politicians for a much greater use of wood in both construction and renovation will be launched in London on Thursday 28 October on the eve of the COP in Glasgow.

Aimed at helping to prevent climate breakdown, the manifesto is a collaboration between Wood for Good, CEI-Bois, TTF, the European wood industries and colleagues in Canada, the USA, New Zealand and Australia. The document outlines key policy recommendations for decision-makers, calling on them to recognise the significance of their timber and forest industries as part of the solution to a more climate-resilient economy.

Commenting on the manifesto, Sarah Virgo, campaign manager of Wood for Good, said:

“The evidence is clear that sustainable forestry practices and wood products help to reduce carbon emissions. From reducing the embodied carbon in the fabric of a building to the re-planting of more trees in a growing global forestry carbon sink, using wood is a vital part of the solution to decarbonising the built environment and construction. This manifesto is a global call to policymakers and leaders to ensure wood is part of the conversation around climate change.”

Sampsa Auvinen, chair of CEI-Bois, said:

“Wood is the only sustainable structural material that grows worldwide which can enable a substantial decarbonisation of the built environment based on existing business models and proven technology; providing vast carbon sinks in our rural areas and carbon stores in our cities”.

The Wood Manifesto launch will take place on 28 October 11:45am UK time at the Royal Institute for British Architecture as part of a broader Built Environment Summit involving Architects Declare. Internationally leading engineered timber architect Andrew Waugh will launch the Manifesto. You can sign up to attend virtually here.

The manifesto will also be available online after the launch on 28 October via

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