Session 11

RESEARCH, INNOVATION AND PERSPECTIVES IN THE FOREST-WOOD CHAIN.

Session Coordinators: Marco FIORAVANTI (Università di Firenze), Manuela ROMAGNOLI (Università della Tuscia), Roberto ZANUTTINI (Università di Torino)

The use of wood as a raw material and as a source of energy is the subject of renewed interest for the role that it can play in the fulfilment of sustainable development strategies. The renewability of the resource, the distinctly eco-sustainable character, the low process energy, the capacity to store CO2, makes wood suitable to contribute to the reduction of environmental impacts deriving from the production of manufactured goods, structures and energy. In this sense, the use of this material is a priority tool for the achievement of the bio-economy and circular economy strategies. In particular, in Italy, alongside the traditional market of furnishing products, the use for structural uses is strongly expanding, aimed at the construction of buildings entirely made of solid wood and / or its derivatives. Faced with these economic opportunities offered by the market, Italian timber still finds it difficult to establish itself, even when it has suitable technological characteristics. In this session we want to propose a discussion about the potentials of the supply chain in Italy, and what role can be played by research in supporting innovation processes, also through an increase in the ability to transfer knowledge and skills in a multidisciplinary optics.

Topics: Forestry practices and wood quality – Innovative processes and products – The integral and integrated use of the wood resource – LCA applied to wood industry – The role of wood in contrasting climate change – Wood mobility and traciability – Applications in Bio-building, Bio-architecture and Design – Strategies and technologies for the development of the supply chain.