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2024-2029 Manifesto

The CEI-Bois and EOS manifesto for the 2024-2029 political term sets out clearly

  • the numerous benefits of responsibly sourced wood products

  • the actions that policy makers need to prioritise to achieve a green, cost-efficient, competitive and resilient EU economy

  • the ways in which wood can decarbonise the built environment

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Our manifesto identifies the following eight key actions that decision makers need to deliver to achieve a green, cost-efficient, competitive and resilient EU economy


Undertake a science-based impact climate and environmental assessment prior to developing any new legislation that directly, indirectly or potentially effects the availability of wood resources from the forest.


Strengthen, not weaken, the competitiveness of the European wood products manufacturing sector including traditional sectors, crafts and SMEs by promoting investment in Europe.


Promote a high ambition for European open strategic autonomy for renewable raw materials and their processing for strategic applications, hence to complement primary production it is important to boost the availability of secondary materials in Europe.


Design policies and regulations to ensure that all buildings – irrespective of what they are made from – are responsible for generating as little CO2 as possible during their construction and life span, and that the storage of carbon in buildings is recognised as a climate benefit. New buildings that would generate high levels of CO2 emissions during their construction and/or usage should be denied planning permission. Encourage the market adoption of low carbon materials by guiding efforts, in line with a WLC approach, to reduce embodied carbon i.e. the combined emissions from manufacturing, transportation, construction and renovation.


Ensure coherence across policy areas covering the environment and climate, energy, construction, waste management, digitalisation as well as education and skills improvement.


Recognise that, while pursuing the renovation agenda, there is still a need to support the important role played by the construction sector in dealing with the increasing need for affordable and sustainable newly built assets.


Enable the European Bioeconomy to step up its efforts in contributing to achieving a resilient and competitive net-zero European economy including decarbonising the built environment.


Harmonise building codes - with regards to the use of timber in construction - to make building with wood easier across multiple geographies at both a country and a European level.

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