Costing the Earth
Tuesday 20th March 2018
Anything made from oil can now be made from trees, so is a new age of wood about to dawn? Tom Heap visits Finland which is pushing for a new industrial revolution based on trees and plants rather than oil and coal. He takes a glimpse into a future where cars, clothes, computers screens, and everything else we buy could begin its life in the forest. And he finds out how the UK is leading the way towards wooden skyscrapers.
BBC Radio 4 - Costing the Earth, Superwood
It's all about nanocelluloce:
Tom Heap also interviewed former Prime Minister Esko Aho of Finland and former Prime Minister Göran Persson of Sweden about a 'transformative' economy - and how to disrupt the dominance of oil without destroying the environment with monoculture plantations.
An example discussed was the alternative to plastic packaging materials - and that price differences are 'marginal':
Futures Forum: The alternatives to plastic (from June 2014)
Futures Forum: Big business commits to using only reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by 2025 (from February 2018)
Meanwhile, the UK is doing research into building with wood - with cross-laminated timber panels - creating 'plyscrapers':
Futures Forum: How sustainable is the construction industry? ... 'Concrete is responsible for 7-10% of CO2 emissions' ... 'The industry must shift its emphasis beyond recycling and towards reuse'
It's not just about the 'energy use' once the building is up - but how much carbon is needed to put it up in the first place:
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: saving energy costs - and challenging the justification to move