Conference on Wooden construction for CO2 reduction in the building sector

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has looked into the advantages of modern industrial wooden construction at the request of the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The EESC adopted an exploratory opinion focusing on how EU proposals such as sustainable carbon cycles, the bioeconomy strategy and the New European Bauhaus can be used to drastically reduce the huge amounts of construction-related CO2 emissions, store CO2 and make construction more efficient.

The conference will present the main conclusions of the EESC’s exploratory opinion on Wooden construction for CO2 reduction in building sector and will further discuss the potential of timber construction in line with the EU’s goal of climate neutrality with local experts, representatives of the wooden construction sector and civil society organisations.

The conference is organised in the framework of the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the EU. It will take place from 09:30 to 13:00 on 9 June 2023 at the Europe House in Stockholm, with the participation of the following high-level speakers:

  • Annika Wäppling-Korzinek, Head of Representation of the European Commission in Sweden
  • Helene Holstein, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Rural Affairs and Infrastructure
  • Susanne Rudenstam, Director for Construction at Swedish Wood
  • Peter Holmgren, CEO of Future Vistas
  • Jesper Lindholm, Swedish Building Workers’ Trade Union (Sweden), Chair of the Europe Regional Committee