Europe's largest supplier of wooden construction material and Europe's largest sustainable building network today entered into a partnership that is aimed at supporting the mainstreaming of sustainable building practices across the region.
WorldGBC's Europe Regional Network represents a community of 24 Green Building Councils (GBCs), seven Regional Partners and over 5,000 company members who cooperate closely to support the growth of the sustainable building movement in Europe.
James Drinkwater, Regional Director of WorldGBC's Europe Regional Network, said: "This year will be a big year for sustainable building in Europe. The summer will see the release of the EU's first policy aimed at moving towards a 'common language' for sustainable building assessment and shifting our sector towards a circular approach.
"We are therefore very happy to be welcoming Stora Enso to our Regional Partnership – their leadership and expertise will significantly strengthen our work to ensure Europe's building sector is moving towards lifecycle thinking and the circular economy."
Petri Perttula, Head of Building Solutions at Stora Enso, said: "We are convinced that our versatile solutions are key to the European Union's drive for circular economy. Our offering helps in reducing the carbon footprint of the building industry. This is one of the reasons why we have recently introduced a set of publicly available manuals and toolsets for project stakeholders to more easily consider massive wood based construction methods from the early stages of project definition."
Anna-Liisa Myllynen, SVP Sustainability for Stora Enso Wood Products, added: "We are proud to be partnering with the World Green Building Council. We are delighted by the prospect of working with the WorldGBC, their partner network and the national Green Building Councils in Europe to increase the uptake of sustainable building solutions."