Wales Climate Week zoom session, 11:15-12:15, 6 December
A thriving timber industry offers economic, environmental and social benefits to Wales. Opportunities exist all along the supply chain, from nurseries through forest management, harvesting, restocking, sawmilling, right through to the end-use of timber, for example in construction or furniture.
Join session chair, Huwel Manley, operations manager for Natural Resources Wales (NRW) as he hosts a remote panel discussion focused around how to make wood work for Wales. Panel members will include Woodknowledge Wales’ CEO, Gary Newman, Elaine Harrison, National Manager Wales at Confor: Confederation of Forest Industries (UK) and Steve Cranston, Project Lead for Welsh Government’s Delivering Net Zero.
This Wales Climate Week session will open by showcasing companies in Wales who use timber and who have chosen to put fairness at the heart of their operating models. The panel members will then discuss the actions needed to promote a healthy, growing timber industry in Wales.
- How can the use of timber accelerate decarbonisation of the natural and built environments?
- How can we deliver low-carbon housing in Wales through the use of Welsh grown timber?
- How can we encourage inclusive recruitment and retention in an industry with a huge range of jobs, skills and careers on offer?
Want to know more about the Welsh timber industry, carbon sequestration within timber products, timber training and careers?
This session will be of interest to anyone who:
- would like to know more about the environmental, economic and social benefits offered by the Welsh timber industry.
- are interested in reducing embodied carbon in construction, in taking a whole life-cycle approach which recognises carbon sequestration within timber products.
- are keen to learn about the breadth of different training, jobs and career paths across Wales and to explore inclusive approaches to employment.
- Elaine Harrison. National Manager for Wales. Confor (Confederation of Forest Industries).
- Gary Newman. Chief Executive. Woodknowledge Wales.
- Steve Cranston. Project Lead – Delivering Net Zero.
- Huwel Manley. Head of Operations South West Wales. Natural Resources Wales.
Full speakers bios can be found at the Wales Climate Week Virtual Conference Programme
Format of the session
|11:20-11:30||Watch newly filmed case study videos from:|
– timber contractors: Williams Homes,
– timber frame manufacturers: SO Modular, and
– award winning social enterprise: Down to Earth
|11:30 – 11:55||Q&A open panel discussion|
|12:10-12:15||Sum up and close|
Register now at Wales Climate Week (gov.wales) where you can also view the rest of the virtual conference agenda and other available resources.