Timber gap is huge ‘conundrum’ for UK

October 27, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Stuart Goodall

The growing gap between the global supply and demand for timber is creating a “conundrum” for the UK, Stuart Goodall, Confor’s Chief Executive told the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC). He said the UK would need to use 78% more timber by 2050 if demand continues to rise at current rates. …fuelled by the need to use more wood in construction, to help decarbonise the UK’s construction industry and contribute to meeting net zero targets. Yet the supply of wood is forecast to decline, and the UK – particularly England – has planted almost no large forests targeted at wood production for the last 30 years.  …Mr Goodall said: “This is a very significant inquiry into sustainable timber and deforestation which is taking a serious look at future wood supply. It’s crucial to explain to policy-makers that the UK needs to plant far more productive forests”.

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