Another 2.5 billion people are expected to live in cities by 2050. Thus, competition for space in cities will increase and create an enormous demand for construction of new buildings. Current studies show that wood construction can help to reduce emission increases caused by carbon intensive materials like steel and concrete, due to the CO2 storage capacity of wood. Increased building activity as a threat for the climate system can be transformed into an effective measure to fight climate change by using wood as construction material.
Kjell Bettgenhäuser, associate director at Guidehouse