Ladies and Gentlemen,
Wood counts! Wood and timber play a key role in mitigating climate change, conserving finite resources and providing an alternative to materials with an unfavourable environmental footprint. Wood from sustainable forestry provides solutions for key current and future challenges. The “wood counts” in industry as well. In the European Union, more than 2.5 million workers generate revenue of more than EUR 400 billion with the renewable resource of wood. Wood and timber have great potential and provide opportunities that we must seize!
But we also know that climate change represents a serious risk for our forests and constitutes an enormous challenge for the forestry and timber industries all across Europe. All of us - the political sector, administration, the business community and society - must work together to counteract this threat.
I would like to invite interested stakeholders from businesses, associations, administration, science and civil society to attend this year’s “Charter for Wood 2.0 in Dialogue” event. The focus is on the exchange of experiences and viewpoints on current political programmes, initiatives and tools for sustainable wood use in Europe. You are invited to discuss the opportunities and challenges of sustainable wood use and the role of wood and timber in reinforcing climate change mitigation, the bioeconomy and the circular economy with a panel of distinguished experts; a particular focus will be on the ambitious goals of the European Commission’s “Green Deal”.
Two goals will become more important going forward: First, reducing our so-called carbon footprint, i.e. how to curb CO2 emissions in products and processes, and second, having resilient businesses and confident consumers that appreciate the upsides of sustainable and green products more than ever before. Wood and timber have great qualities for achieving these two goals!
Please join us on 10 June 2021. I look forward to seeing you!
With best wishes
Yours, Julia Klöckner
Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture