We had submitted a voluntary paper to the 15th World Forestry Congress, which will be held on May 2.
It has been posted on the convention website."Possibility of local wood from a global perspective-The Environmental Performance
on Wooden Main Stadium of Tokyo 2020"
Following is the Abstract
|Possibility of local wood from a global perspective-The Environmental Performance on Wooden Main Stadium of Tokyo 2020
Timber is a renewable and sustainable material which potentially plays
a leading role in the development of a sustainable society. This is the
rationale behind Japan passing the Act for Promotion of Use of Wood in
Buildings, etc. to Contribute to the Realization of a Decarbonized Society
in 2021. To promote timber utilization, the forestry and timber business
sectors should cooperate with green consumers.
However, there are several challenges to address before such a cooperation can be achieved: illegal logging, vulnerable forest management, and related trade. FSC and PEFC have made substantial contributions by developing forest management schemes with supply chain certification. However, voluntary certification schemes have a cost bottleneck to become mainstream in the global timber supply chain.
The Woodmiles Forum, a Japanese private organization, argued that locality is an important factor in eliminating environmental risks. Firstly, it reduces the environmental impact of CO2 emissions from the transportation process, which accounts for half the carbon footprint. Secondly, it reduces the cost of transporting long-distance environmental information, such as forest and legality certification.
Taking advantage of this accumulation, the Forum evaluated the new national stadium, which was the main venue for Tokyo 2020. The stadium is built of regional local timber from all over Japan. We compared the results of this evaluation with the evaluation of the facilities in London 2012.
The environmental significance of regional timber is that the transparency of the supply chain can be easily ensured. Additionally, the environmental load of the timber transportation process is small, and this is the focus of this study.
Keywords: Local Wood, Woodmiles, Tokyo 2020, Circular Economy, Climate
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