In a bid to make France carbon-neutral by 2050, president Emmanuel Macron is pushing for a sustainability law that would require at least 50 per cent of any new public buildings to be built from timber or other bio-based materials such as hemp or straw.
The measure will be implemented by 2022 and affect all public buildings financed by the French state. The proposal aligns with France's Sustainable City plan launched in 2009, and also president Emmanuel Macron's drive for the country to be carbon-neutral by 2050.
The plan was motivated by the material's use in the design of the 2024 Paris Olympics complex, where all buildings above eight storeys will be made entirely from timber.
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