Reducing the carbon emissions from our built environment is essential, as nearly half of the UK’s total carbon emissions within our borders can be attributed to the construction, operation and maintenance of our built environment (49%).
The UK Climate Change Committee (CCC), the independent advisor to Government on how to achieve net zero by 2050, has repeatedly advocated for growing the use of wood in construction to reduce emissions as a way to achieve this.
The CCC also recognises UK building stock as among the most energy inefficient in Europe. Even new builds are facing expensive retrofits, with efforts to make housing more efficient not set to be put in place until 2025 with the Future Homes Standard.
Timber is a £10bn supply chain in the UK. It provides economic prosperity in every region of the UK, green employment, thousands of healthy, safe, warm, and beautiful low-carbon homes, and is helping create a sustainable construction industry.
The timber industry is at the forefront of driving low-energy manufacturing, producing high-performance low-carbon goods, and helping achieve UK carbon reduction targets. Right now there is existing capacity to double timber frame manufacturing output to reach 100,000 per annum, with timber providing a cost-free solution to carbon capture.
Read the full policy brief from CTI Net Zero Now Campaign