New timber policy report launched in House of Lords

APPG Report Launch

The APPG for the Timber Industries launched its latest report – Timber Construction: Barriers and Solutions – to a packed out reception in the House of Lords last month.

The new report investigates where barriers exist to expanding timber use in the UK, and what policy solutions are available to Government to address them.

The report was launched at an afternoon tea reception in the Attlee Room, named after Clement Attlee, the Labour Prime Minister from 1945 to 1951.

Present at the launch were Government ministers, Labour shadow ministers and MPs from across the House. Key members of the timber industry were also present, alongside representatives from some of the UK’s biggest housebuilders, such as Taylor Wimpey plc, Vistry Group and Barratt Homes.

The reception began with a speech from APPG Chair Baroness Hayman of Ullock, who outlined the environmental benefits of timber and its importance in tackling construction emissions.

She stated that by “sustainably harvesting trees and building with wood, we turn our cities into centres of carbon capture and storage”. She added that for this reason, “timber has been recognised as crucial to tackling our built environment emissions by key political bodies such as the Environmental Audit Committee and the Climate Change Committee”.

This was followed by Baroness Scott of Bybrook, a Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Minister in the House of Lords, who gave a short speech on where timber can assist in achieving the government’s net-zero objectives.

She noted that the Government is committed by law to net zero in 2050, and timber has a potentially huge role to play in decarbonising future house construction in the UK.

CTI directors David Hopkins and Andrew Carpenter concluded proceedings, summarising the exciting progress being made in the government’s Timber in Construction Working Group, which looks to outline a roadmap to increase timber use in construction by the end of this year.

Overall, the report launch was a huge success, with MPs, peers and ministers showing increasing interest in the benefits of timber construction and the policies required to expand this exciting low-carbon industry.

The report also received significant media attention following the event, gaining coverage in major trade publications such as Construction News and PBC Today.

We look forward to seeing how the recommendations of the report progress in the coming months.

Read the full report via our website here and check out some of the photos from our launch below.