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.
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.