We reimagine a world where the full potential of forests and their forest products in the built environment is maximized as a major climate solution, thereby galvanizing a global transition.
A Climate Smart Future for forests and buildings
We are starting with CONSTRUCTION
Population growth and rapid urbanization are driving further growth of the global building stock, which is expected to double by 2050.
Business as usual is not an option for realizing this growth. Traditional construction is bad news for climate change mitigation and adaptation. Although efforts to decarbonize construction are ongoing, they are insufficient to meet the scale of this change.
To drive change in FORESTS
Forests are a lifeline to ecological health and wellbeing of communities around the world, but their ability to continue to provide these benefits is eroding. Growing populations, rapid urbanization, and high poverty levels are contributing to a rise in deforestation.
Sustainable markets can provide incentives for improved forest management and unlock more private capital for forest growth.
A vision worth chasing
There is a future in which forests can support cities and, in return, cities can support forests: a future of leafy city streets, vibrant forest communities, and beautifully designed buildings made from wood — which are designed to be lighter, stronger, and even fire and earthquake resistant. Realizing this vision is not only theoretically plausible but could also be one of the most immediately accessible ways of mitigating the worst impacts of climate change.
The challenge is achieving the right balance across the value chain, and ensuring that safeguards are in place to protect other forest values, beyond their value as a carbon sink.
This is where our collaboration comes in.