The Scottish secretary for rural affairs and the environment, Richard Lochhead, is to work with ConFor on maximising the role that Scotland’s forestry and wood-using businesses can play in the transition to a low-carbon economy.

ConFor chairman Colin Mann said the Scottish government had been very supportive of forestry and wood-using businesses in the past, but there was a need for it to continue backing the industry as the climate change challenge increased and public policy developed.

A particular focus is encouraging the use of wood in its solid form.

ConFor said inclusion of harvested wood products’ carbon credentials at the upcoming Copenhagen climate change summit would provide additional reason for governments to support the use of wood.