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December 04, 2014

Wood: A raw material with many attributes

‘Multi-talented Wood’ presents trees as a raw material with many facets

Berlin, 4 December 2014 – For the ninth time visitors will be able to experience an industry with a varied and diverse display at the International Green Week Berlin 2015 (16 – 25 January). Using the slogan ‘Multi-Talented Wood’, forestry owners and foresters will be on hand in Hall 4.2 on a display area measuring over 2,500 square metres to present examples of sustainable woodland and forestry management. The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) will be explaining about the current state of Germany’s forests, and various companies will be providing details about efficient timber processing. During the trade show wood will be used to make modern construction elements at the Carpentry Workshop. Heating with wood helps to prevent climate change and reduces CO2 emissions, and the exhibitors of heating systems and materials will be demonstrating these benefits. Visitors to the Green Week will also be able to take part in various activities such as the climbing tree, as well as wood carving, sawing and turning, and there will be some surprises too.

The largest reserves of timber in the European Union

The ‘Forestry Industry in Germany’ stand has been redesigned and features the latest findings of the third National Forest Inventory in a particularly graphic way. This study, which has been coordinated by the BMEL, provides some welcome news: there has been no change in the area covered by forests in Germany, which occupy some 11.4 million hectares, and more timber is being grown than is currently being used. Over the past ten years the reserves of timber in Germany’s forests have even increased, by seven per cent, with the result that Germany has more trees than any other country in the European Union. Only one of these sources of raw materials, the spruce, has declined in numbers. Christian Schmidt, Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, has drawn attention to the importance of forests in protecting the climate. “As the National Forest Inventory shows, each year our forests remove 52 million tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere, which is more than is emitted annually by the cities of Hamburg and Berlin.”


Unnerstall Holzmarketing GmbH, Wilhelm Unnerstall, tel.: +49 (0) 3372 44 22 61, 0175-2645356,