Developing Europe’s first ‘Forest-to-City’ value chain for affordable housing in Berlin – an interview with Tena Petrovic

The first series of EIT Climate-KIC podcast How Could We?  focuses on land use, sustainable forestry and the dilemma of using trees for timber. 

In this third episode, we interviewed Tena Petrovic, an urban specialist working with EIT Climate-KIC as a Breakthrough Initiative Developer on the Climate Smart Forest Economy Programme. Tena introduces us to the Bauhuette 4.0 project, which aims to use home-grown timber from regional Brandenburg and Berlin forests to supply construction materials to create affordable housing from wood

Tena talked about the importance of bringing together different stakeholders on a project like this, the challenges of forest mismanagement and how long-term planning will lead to Bauhuette 4.0’s success – and eventual replication.

Listen to our first episode with Daniel Zimmer on the dilemma that comes with using wood to substitute fossil-based products and to the second episode with Syakaa William about the opportunities and challenges of building a sustainable mass timber market in East Africa.

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These episodes were produced by Bárbara Mendes-Jorge.