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Climate friendliness and wood go hand in hand, according to Tischler Schreiner Deutschland. This was not only reflected in the focus topics at LIGNA.23 – topics such as the circular economy and building with wood will also determine the tenor of the event at LIGNA.25. As a sustainable raw material, wood and products made from wood form the basis of a climate-friendly future.
This makes the recently launched “Wood saves the climate” initiative by Tischler Schreiner Deutschland and 14 other trade associations under the umbrella of the German Timber Industry Council (DHWR) all the more fitting.
With around 70,000 companies, 650,000 employees and an annual turnover of 120 billion euros, the German timber industry is committed to increasing the use of this sustainable raw material and would like to use the “Wood saves the climate” initiative to draw the public’s attention to the fact that the availability and use of wood, among other things, are crucial to Germany achieving its climate targets.
“Trades such as carpentry and joinery, which have wood products in their DNA, are already making a major contribution to the fight against climate change” said Thomas Radermacher, TSD-President.
For climate scientist Prof. Dr. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, founding director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), wood is the “stuff the future is made of”.
In Schellnhuber’s view, the use of wood for sustainable building and living is essential for repairing the climate. This in turn is confirmed by the current winner of the German Environmental Award, Dagmar Fritz-Kramer: “Wood is the most environmentally friendly material of all. As a regional, renewable resource with short supply chains, wood consumes very little energy during its production and processing.”
Wood and wood products are cornerstones of a climate-friendly future. Or in short: “Wood saves the climate”. With this message, the German timber industry launched an initiative in Berlin today that advocates for increased use of the sustainable raw material.
At the high-profile launch event of the new initiative, Schellnhuber made it clear in his keynote speech: The use of wood for sustainable construction and living is indispensable for repairing the climate. The current winner of the German Environmental Prize, Dagmar Fritz-Kramer, can only confirm this: “Wood is the most environmentally friendly material of all. Because as a regional, renewable resource with short supply chains, wood uses very little energy during its production and processing,” argues Holzbau -entrepreneur. The German timber industry feels encouraged in its commitment by the encouragement of experts.
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