There has been plenty of discourse around COP26 over the past two years, it’s hard to believe that the conference is now merely weeks away. The journey so far has been clouded in uncertainty. With a global pandemic, lockdown restrictions and constantly changing circumstances, it has been difficult to predict what kind of event we should expect.
At the time of writing, it is confirmed that COP26 will go ahead, but there is a lack of clarity around what areas may be open and whether the public and invited delegates will be encouraged to move freely around these spaces.
Despite this ambiguity, the timber and forestry sector have recognised the critical importance of having a presence at the conference. There is an array of fantastic different exhibitions, projects and events being planned from the sector in the UK. We know that forestry and construction are on the agenda for the organisers of COP26. There are designated days in the presidency programme that focus on the Built Environment and Nature, areas where wood is certain to come up as a topic of conversation.
As the industry’s marketing promotional campaign, Wood for Good collaborates with others across the sector in all of our activities to ensure that we are representing the sector in the best way possible. Our approach to supporting the industry’s presence at COP26 is no different. We are working with a variety of partners across the UK to bring together all forestry and timber-related activities in one place. Wood for Good is known for its clear, uncomplicated communications, so one of the ways we are supporting COP26 is through the creation of a visual guide to all things timber and forestry at COP26.
The guide will show those attending COP26 - whether virtually or physically in Glasgow – where to find activities, events, projects, and exhibitions that are showcasing how timber and forestry are part of the solution to climate change. As part of this guide, we will also signpost to some of the fantastic timber structures that are within walking distance of the COP26 zone so that those attending in person can see existing examples of timber in construction within Glasgow. We are still collating all of the different activities and intend on publishing the finished guide in October.
We will be communicating and reporting from COP26 via Wood for Good’s social media channels and website, providing our audiences with insight, coverage of various events and a look inside some of the fantastic timber structures planned for the Conference. To ensure that you don’t miss out on any updates, make sure you’re engaging with us via one of our platforms.
Wood for Good and Confor are both part of a global alliance from the wood and forestry sector who have come together to promote the use of timber in construction in the context of the COP26. Part of this work includes launching a manifesto for the timber and forestry industry to policymakers later this month. This manifesto will outline to key policymakers how timber can play a central role in decarbonising the built environment and help deliver Net Zero.