Paul Brannen MEP welcomes new forestry report

04 October 2017

While Brexit is fraught with dangers and difficulties it does present an opportunity to reconsider how we use land both in the countryside and the urban fringe.

I’m in favour of increasing forest cover for the reasons set out in the Confor report which I commend to you http://www.confor.org.uk/media/246687/common-countryside-policy.pdf

More arguments in support of increasing woodland were produced by the 2012 Independent Inquiry into Forestry https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/183095/Independent-Panel-on-Forestry-Final-Report1.pdf

Increase our forest cover will result in more timber which we can partly use to build high rise wooden buildings that will both sequestrate carbon and substitute for concrete and steel both major generators of CO2.  Hear in this short TED talk from the architect Michael Green who designs big in wood: https://www.ted.com/talks/michael_green_why_we_should_build_wooden_skyscrapers/up-next .

The world’s tallest wooden building at 24 storeys is to be found in Vancouver, Canada: https://archinect.com/news/article/149968916/world-s-tallest-wood-building-constructed-in-vancouver.

Timber is also a feedstock for the bio-economy where products formerly made from fossil fuels, think climate change, are instead made from renewable resources: http://www.bio-step.eu/fileadmin/BioSTEP/Bio_documents/BioSTEP_Bioeconomy-in-everyday-life_Glasgow_Exhibition-Guide.pdf.

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