Dear <<First Name>>,
Welcome to our April 2020 newsletter. There is no getting away from mentioning coronavirus, it is already having a profound impact on all our lives and businesses. At Woodknowledge Wales we continue to work. In particular we are focusing on the radical changes that need to be made to our economy and supply chains going forward. When we eventually emerge from this health emergency we need to be ready with ideas for kick-starting the low carbon economy. This can be achieved in part through a massive shift to timber construction fed from high-value Welsh manufacturing using, when possible, timber from a rapidly expanding Welsh forest resource.
The government of France is set to require all new public buildings to be made of at least 50% wood or other sustainable materials from 2022 as it pushes for greater sustainability in urban development. Hopefully we will see similar positive initiatives in the future in Wales. But first we need to convince regulators that a simplistic focus on ‘combustibility’ is not the way to prevent another Grenfell Tragedy. But that's a subject for another day.
In this newsletter, we explore:
Finally, I would like to extend a warm welcome to new member Tai Tarian.
Chief Executive, Woodknowledge Wales Ltd