Woodbox Opening at the 'Green Week' in Berlin

Timber - the ideal basis for climate protection and decarbonisation of the economy



Philipp Freiherr zu Guttenberg, President of the Working Group of the German Federation of Forest Owners (Arbeitsgemeinschaft der deutschen Waldbesitzerverbände), and Rudolf Maximilian Rosenstatter, Chairman of the Austrian Cooperation Platform Forest-Wood-Paper (Plattform Forst Holz Papier) opened the Woodbox at the international consumer fair 'Green Week' in Berlin on Friday, 15 January 2016. They specifically emphasised that the ecological raw material timber will play a central role in the up-coming decades, especially against the background of the Paris Agreement in December 2015. "Timber is a construction material which is resource efficient and stores carbon. No other construction material has a lower CO2 foot print", Rosenstatter emphasised. "Timber is the ideal basis for climate protection, we should use this raw material more offensive, which would then promote decarbonisation of our economy", zu Guttenberg added. The Austrian Minister of Agriculture and Environment, Andrä Rupprechter, as well as Elisabeth Köstinger, Austrian Member of the European Parliament were present at the opening. The Bavarian State Minister for the Environment, Ulrike Scharf also visited the Woodbox on the day of its opening.

German and Austrian associations for forest management and timber industry – represented by the Working Group of the German Federation of Forest Owners (Arbeitsgemeinschaft der deutschen Waldbesitzerverbände), as well as by proHolz organisations of Bavaria, Baden-Wuerttemberg and Austria - presented the Woodbox in Berlin together and thus set an example of Central-European cooperation in the field of forests and timber.  About 400,000 visitors are expected at the 'Green Week' who can see for themselves in the Woodbox, that timber as a construction material has a lot of ecological and architectural qualities. The fair is open until 24 January 2016.

After the 'Green Week', the Woodbox can be seen at the bautec, the international trade fair for building and construction technology from 16 to 19 February 2016 in Berlin.

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