Module: Environmental aspects of wood Unit: Introduction to decarbonisation

Date Published

16 August 2022

Document Type



There remains uncertainty as to how increasing levels of anthropogenic (man-made) greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will translate into higher global temperatures, as well as the impact of these on the natural environment and human communities in different regions of the world. However there is evidence of: lower atmosphere (troposphere) warming, ocean acidification, sea levels rising, glaciers retreating, a reduction in the increase of crop productivity.

Key Information

As trees grow, atmospheric CO2 is captured via photosynthesis and the carbon is sequestered within the wood.

The UK is part of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which aims to coordinate international activity to act on climate change (United Nations Climate Change).

Case studies

Reconfiguring and extending a studio flat at the rear of a converted Edwardian house, this project by Christian Brailey Architects is a celebration of the characteristics and craftsmanship of timber.

Arcadia Nursery was created to provide early-years education for children of university staff, students and the general public and caters for up to 113 children ranging in age from six weeks to five years.