Build, burn or both? – looking to the future for British timber

Forestry Engineering Group (IAgrE) Autumn Symposium

8 September 2011

What was the event?

The Read Report (2009) states “Substitution of wood and wood products for other construction materials and for non-renewable energy sources offers a major opportunity for tackling climate change by storing carbon in our buildings and reducing fossil fuel consumption”.

This symposium looked to tease out the issues from various perspectives (carbon capture and offset, the investor, species options, fuel wood, construction, and policy) to provide delegates with both background and insight to help them when faced with the very important decisions and choices that lie ahead.

Symposium details including detailed programme (PDF-654K)

Professor Sir David Read, chair of the Steering Group responsible for the Read Report delivered the keynote address.

Robert Matthews from Forest Research gave a presentation entitled "Wood in construction or wood as fuel – which has the edge in terms of carbon benefits? Is it that easy to determine?".

Steve Penny (Forest Research, Research Liason Officer, Scotland), as Chair of the Forestry Engineering Group, chaired the morning session and developed and coordinated the programme.

Who was the event suitable for?

Forestry managers, policy makers, local authority planners, architects and engineers, all those with an interest in the use of wood for construction or fuelwood, and forestry contractors.

The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) and the UK Forest Products Association (UKFPA) gave support to the symposium. They endorsed the event and promoted it to their members. A full day of CPD hours were awarded. Delegates attending the Symposium were able to generate CPD points. It carried up to 7 hours CPD as appropriate for ICF Members.

Where did the event take place?

University of Cumbria
Newton Rigg Campus
Penrith CA10 0AH


For further information please contact:

Bruce Hamilton
Secretary, Forestry Engineering Group
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