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CaSCo teams recently published guideline for local authorities

The recently published guide named "Contracts incorporating low Carbon. Recommendations and Key Stages" aims to support local authorities to include timber from short supply chains in their public tenders. The document explains every stage of the process and offers:

1. Recommendations regarding main challenges to include carbon from short supply chains at each stage of the renovation or construction project

2. Tips for writing your documents and tenders

3. Explainations how to use of the CaSCo's toolkit at various stages

Contracts Incorporating Low Carbon Timber.pdf

The campeign "EU Projekt, My Project" has opened its doors at Martjanci, Slovenia, on May 14, 2018

Within the framework of the campaign “EU project MY project", which promotes EU projects and EU funds, the CaSCo project has successfully been presented at the Smart house Martjanci, Slovenia, on May 14, 2018.

On this occasion the results and activities of the CaSCo projected were distributed to verious stakeholders. The incentive of using local wood in the regional area has given a great impetus to the consciousness of all listeners. The presentation of the project raised awareness among the target group (mayors, representatives of public institutions, the wider publis) on reducing emissions through sustainable supply chains in the timber sector. Furthermore the event was an ideal opportunity for the presentation of the Regional Timber Award (Buildings & urban furniture made from regional timber). Moreover the cooperation with municipalities, public institutions and the private sector could be strengthened. Local media was present, too, and has been reporting on the achievements.

Showcase projects from Austria: Building with regional timber

A main aim of the CaSCo project is to sensitise public and private building owners for the meaning of regional timber in the building sector. In the Vorarlber region in Austria there are already some ambitious municipalities who attach importance to that topic and thus have their public buildings realised by the usage of regional wood, processed by regional companies.
One of the CaSCo project partners, Regional Development Vorarlberg eGen, has now placed in the spotlight some of the most impressive good practice examples of their region by presenting them at the com:bau fair and furthermore publishing them in a brochure (available in German language).

Brochure: Good practice examples_Buildings made from regional timber_de.pdf
More information: Good Practice Website


27 March 2018, Turin: Workshop "Using low carbon timber in construction sector"

If you are engaged in the construction sector and mainly interested in wooden constructions you should not miss our workshop "Using low carbon timber in construction sector". Experts from the Environment Park S.p.A. will inform you about the opportunity to use regional available timber to strengthen the regional chain of value. Certifications which guarantee a certain quality and origin of wood will also be presented.

Italian workshop flyer: costruire-con-legno-sostenibile-e-da-filiera-corta.pdf

English workshop agenda: using-low-carbon-timber-in-construction-sector.pdf

Location: Environment Park S.p.A., Centro Congressi, Via Livorno 58/60, Torino

Date: 27 March 2018,  10.00 – 16.00

Public CaSCo event on 26 February 2018: Demonstration of a new labeling tool for the use of regional timber

The CaSCo team invites you to join our public event at Villeurbanne on 26 Feburary 2018. The event focuses on the demonstration of a new labeling tool for the use of regional timber. The presentation will be held in English language.

More information: invitation-to-public-casco-event_french.pdf

Place: Villeurbanne, 18 rue Gabriel Péri

Date: 26.02.2018, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Contact person: Valérie Borroni, Aura-EE

Greening Alpine economy through regional wood

Economy in the Alps should get greener! CaSCo project partner Regio-V discussed the contribution of regional timber companies with the participants of an international event on "Green Alpine Economy" which was held in Autumn 2017 in Immenstadt, Germany. The results of the event are available here.

Sprint Workshop

18. - 20. September 2017, Bezau / Vorarlberg, Austria

3 days of exchange in the mountains for people who:

  • want to broaden their horizons and be at the pulse of time,
  • like to interact and network, be creative and want to share ideas and develop common projects with colleagues from other nations,
  • want to design the future in the built environment sector locally, regionally, or transnationally.


More information - program and invitation are available here.

Initiative for more wood from here

In the timber construction sector in Vorarlberg imports and exports of timber are increasing. Thereby, regional value added and the advantage of climate friendliness are lost. On invitation by the Austrian CaSCo partner Regional Development Vorarlberg, stakeholders from the wood cluster met on 20th June 2017 in Dornbirn to discuss what could be done to counteract this situation.

The main advantages of using timber in the construction sector are the naturalness of this construction material and its capacity to store CO2. Therefore, timber is a comfortable and environmentally friendly construction material. Current surveys show that imports and exports of timber are steadily increasing. As a consequence, the climate advantage and regional value added are lost.

The question why this development has started is essential for finding solutions. The participants stated that one reason might be the fact that because of technological progress and the progressing rationalisation in the construction sector, more and more ready-to-process timber and timber components need to be available. In addition, the participants agreed that stakeholders need to develop a shared problem awareness. To realise this, a detailed fundamental analysis of the flows of goods with the participation of companies is needed.

The participants agreed to create a group which assembles representatives from three leading companies each of the sectors forestry, sawmills, timber processing and carpentries. In cooperation with the CaSCo partners, this group will analyse the situation and work out possible approaches for solutions. This includes a definition of the term “regional” in this context.

The eleven partners of the CaSCo project have committed themselves to strengthen the regional timber chains to reduce CO2 emissions and strengthen regional economy.

Picture: Retirement home at Dornbirn

Copy rights: Regionalentwicklung Voralberg

Kick off meeting

Kick off meeting  was held on 15. and 16. December 2016.

News on low carbon timber

New Criteria for green furniture procurement

The Commission has just published new voluntary EU GPP criteria for furniture, an area with a high annual spend by public authorities. A major change from the existing GPP criteria for furniture (published in 2008) is the introduction, in addition to classic furniture purchasing, of sections on the procurement of furniture refurbishment and of end-of-life services. Those new areas aim at prolonging the life span of furniture items, thus reflecting a reinforcement of circular economy aspects in EU GPP criteria.

The new criteria are available in English; the other official languages will follow soon.