German Federal Government: No Bonus for Wood as a Building Material

According to the German Federal Government, wood as a building material still needs to tap into its own market potential in competition with other building materials. In its response (18/9322) to a minor interpellation launched by the German parliamentary group Alliance ’90/The Greens (18/9156), the government explains that it therefore does not plan to introduce a national wood strategy for Germany such as that used in Sweden. It goes on to state that although it is currently checking how the use of renewable raw materials can be advanced in order to contribute towards climate protection, it believes that building materials should also be able to tap into their own market potential without any financial support.

This statement pleased the manufacturers of plastic windows given that in the past, associations have increasingly called for subsidies for „wood as a particularly sustainable material“.