Referring to wood as an "under exploited" building material with considerable environmental benefits, the environment ministry hailed the charter as a first step towards promoting its use. A ministry official told ENDS Daily that it will be backed up by a forthcoming air quality law, which will require "labelling" of new buildings' according to their timber content. The ministry hopes this will "increase the value" of wood in the eyes of consumers and contribute to meeting the 25% target.
Signatories of the charter comprise France's environment, forestry and housing ministries and several industry associations. In addition to the timber trade, these include all major organisations representing the housing development and construction sectors. Commitment from these actors will greatly increase the charter's value, the ministry official said.
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