Wood is an extraordinary material. Naturally renewable, it grows in ever-increasing abundance in Europe. It is beautiful, light and strong to build with, warm and welcoming to live with. And it offers a simple way to reduce the CO2 emissions that are the main cause of Climate Change, through: • the carbon sink effect of the forests; • the carbon storage effect of wood products; • substitution for carbon-intensive materials. The purpose of this book is to set out the environmental arguments for using wood as one way of reducing Climate Change, at the same time as putting the industry’s economic contribution in context.