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Vice President of Auvergne–Rhône-Alpes emphasises the importance of the CaSCo project during the EUREXPO conference in Lyon

AURA-EE presented the project CaSCo at the inauguration of the Triplewood Stand at the Be Positive exposition, which took place on 13 February in Lyon, France. The Vice President of the Auvergne–Rhône-Alpes region, Philippe Meunier, emphasized the importance of EUSALP Action Group 2, Arpaf project TRIPLEWOOD and Interreg Alpine Space  CaSCo to the expansion of the wood sector in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region, a priority to the development of the region. Thanks to these collaborations, the federation of forestry municipalities developed the “Bois des Alpes” and “Bois des territoires du Massif central” certificates in Auvergne which are helping local wood to be implemented in public buildings.

Patrick Biard, from AURA-EE spoke of the importance of promoting local wood in public tendering. The project provides regional stakeholders with courses and a set of tools, such as information platforms and best practices examples made available through CaSCo. The agency and the region both work closely with EUSALP Action Group 2 to develop tools such as a wood flow diagram in order to have an integrated view of the Macro Region.

15 municipalities and organisations in the alpine region recognised at the EUSALP Annual Forum in Innsbruck

A total of 15 locally-sourced projects throughout the Alps received the Alpine Space Regional Timber Award in recognition of the climate-friendly, regional procurement practices. “From wooden buildings to wooden benches, boats and observation platforms, these outstanding projects show what is possible with regionally-sourced timber,” explains Christiane Kretschmer of Climate Alliance, the city network co-organising the award. Low carbon value chains from the harvesting of wood through to its use make a positive contribution to climate protection. Making use of resources locally can also help reinvigorate regional economies. The Alpine Space Regional Timber Award was open to both public and private institutions that procure or help construct wooden buildings or urban furniture. The award was launched within the framework of the EU-funded Carbon Smart Communities (CaSCo) project.

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First Low Carbon Timber certificate released in Italy

The first Italian Low Carbon Timber certificate was released on 25 October 2018 in the framework of the pilot actions foreseen by the CaSCo project in the region Piemonte (Italy). The certificate was issued for a supply of windows produced by Cobola Falegnameria, made with regional chestnut that will be installed at Monviso Institute in Ostana. The result was presented in the margin of a presentation of the CaSCo toolkit made by Environment Park at Sanfront (Cuneo).

CaSCo teams recently published guideline for local authorities

The recently published guide  "Contracts incorporating low Carbon. Recommendations and Key Stages" supports 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

Read more:

Contracts Incorporating Low Carbon Timber.pdf

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

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

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.

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

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