As a knowledge hub on the topic of Timber and Sustainability Investments, we document where the international discussion and debate currently stands. We focus on the topics “Timber as CDR”, “Timber Sustainability Investments” and “Timber Buildings”.

The list of current studies is not claiming to be absolute and will be updated regularly.

Cities as carbon sinks—classification of wooden buildings

 Ali Amiri et al 2020 Environ. Res. Lett. 15 094076
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“Although buildings produce a third of greenhouse gas emissions, it has been suggested that they might be one of the most cost-effective climate change mitigation solutions. Among building materials, wood not only produces fewer emissions according to life-cycle assessment but can also store carbon. This study aims to estimate the carbon storage potential of new European buildings between 2020 and 2040.” 

Building a way to net zero

Blackrock - Nigel Bolton - 08.2021
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“Sustainability is a key focus at BlackRock Fundamental Equities. Investment teams have integrated ESG (environmental, social and governance) considerations into investing frameworks – and are actively identifying opportunities arising out of the increased attention and demand in these areas. We look for sustainability trends that remain at an early stage and the companies that are set to play a major part in the process for years to come. One emerging trend – sustainable buildings. What do we see?” 

LETI Embodied Carbon Primer

LETI - 01.2020
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“The Embodied Carbon Primer offers supplementary guidance to the Climate Emergency Design Guide, for those interested in exploring embodied carbon in more detail. There is a current lack of knowledge in the built environment industry surrounding embodied carbon reduction strategies and calculations. Therefore, the London Energy Transformation Initiative has produced this document to support project teams to design buildings that deliver ambitious embodied carbon reductions.” 

Investing in Carbon Removal: Demystifying Existing Approaches

The Economist Intelligence Unit - 09.2020
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“We face a stark reality. We urgently need to slash greenhouse gas emissions to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, but this alone will not be enough to keep global temperatures in line with the Paris Agreement goals. To hold global temperatures below 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, the latest science shows we will need to reach net zero emissions globally by 2050 and net negative emissions after that.1 Achieving this will require accelerating emissions reduction efforts as well as removing carbon directly from the atmosphere.”

1IPCC 2018,

Investigations on the Sustainable Resource Use of Swiss Timber

Leyder, C.; Klippel, M.; Bartlomé, O.; Heeren, N.; Kissling, S.; Goto, Y.; Frangi, A. Investigations on the Sustainable Resource Use of Swiss Timber. Sustainability 2021
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“In Switzerland, the advantages of timber buildings for the climate are broadly discussed. In the following paper, a comparative sustainability assessment of four building alternatives is presented. Especially the contribution of implementing Swiss timber versus the implementation of imported timber is highlighted.”

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