CASCO - Reducing the emissions of carbon dioxide

Considering sustainable public procurement as a lever for the promotion of local wood

The CaSCo project aims to encourage the sustainable use of wood resources, particularly for the construction and energy sectors, by making better use of local resources, while reducing emissions from operations and transport. To achieve this, it is necessary to develop low-carbon tools for decision-makers, particularly public decision-makers.
In Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, using wood for buildings is a common practice, both for cultural and environmental reasons. However, the used wood is not necessarily local wood, despite being an important resource of the region. The reasons for this are the following: constraints on the exit of logs from the forest, a very crumbled parcel of land and an insufficiently structured sector. Nevertheless, the forestry sector is key in the region, as it provides jobs and creates value.


Acting both on offer and demand

The actions of the CaSCo project are structured upon two axis:

  • on the demand side, through the production of guides related to the sustainable public procurement of wood resources and providing training for local authorities; also, the development of assessment tools for the identification, verification and supply of local and sustainable resources;
  • and on the supply side, in cooperation with business networks and organisations focused on the development of a sustainable and local wood production.

 As a partner in the project, AURA-EE works in collaboration with Fibois Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Cap Rural and the Regional Union of Forest Municipalities in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.

Focus on the CaSCo Award

On 20 November 2018, two architectural projects in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region were awarded the CaSCo Award (Alpine Space Regional Timber Award): the headquarters of the Association of Local Authorities of Oisans, designed by Aline Duverger of the Atelier des Vergers in Saint-Etienne, and the “Au fil du quartier” residential building in Grenoble, by Florian Golay. The award ceremony took place in Innsbruck (Austria), on the occasion of an inter-Alpine cooperation forum. The two winners had already received prizes from the regional competition organized by FIBOIS (regional wood sector).

The CaSCo Award aims to promote best practices in the use of low-carbon wood in public and private construction. In each region of the project partners, two projects were selected, one concerning public project management and the other concerning private project management. All the selected projects were subject to a carbon impact calculation, using the tool developed by the Holz von Hier partner.

The architectural project for the headquarters of the Association of Local Authorities of Oisans

The architectural project for the "Au Clair du Quartier" building in Grenoble

[Updated: July 2019]