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Sustainability

A more sustainable future in the built environment

Timber, as a fully renewable resource with important carbon capture properties and low embodied energy, is already one of the most sustainable building materials. Russwood, however, is fully committed to further minimising our environmental impact as we believe that we have a responsibility to our customers, employees and other company stakeholders, to operate as sustainably as possible.

Timber as a Material

CO2 emissions are one of the most significant contributors to global warming, therefore a key factor in addressing the issue is to find new ways to capture CO2 from the atmosphere. Timber products play a vital role here, since trees capture CO2 from the atmosphere as they grow which is then locked in and stored in the timber indefinitely. Timber also has the lowest embodied energy of any building material, meaning it takes less energy to produce than other building materials.

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Continual Improvement

Russwood aims to continually improve environmental performance by focusing on the following objectives;

  • Avoid the wastage of materials, water and energy throughout the business
  • Use materials from renewable sources and recycled or recyclable materials where possible
  • Source and supply sustainable products
  • Promote the use of timber as a truly sustainable building material

Sustainable Sourcing

To meet our objective of sourcing and supplying sustainable products, we are compliant to a number of environmental standards, as follows;

Russwood is Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified (FSC certificate number TT-COC-004581) which guarantees responsible management of the forests from where our timber is sourced.

Russwood is PEFC™ certified (PEFC certificate number BMT-PEFC-1405) which ensures the chain of custody of our timber is controlled from the forest through to the final product use.

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Wood for Good

Russwood is a supporter of Wood for Good; the timber industry’s body to promote use of wood in design and construction. Wood for Good aims to promote the suitability and sustainability of wood as a building material to the construction and logistics sectors and associated professionals such as architects and design engineers. Their most recent campaign, Wood CO₂ts less, is an industry-wide campaign which aims to promote the use of all wood products as low carbon materials and illustrate how using wood can help reduce CO₂ in the atmosphere and contribute to slowing climate heating.