Sustainable Wood Use to Feature Prominently at the Osaka 2025 World’s Fair

Shawn Lawlor

By: Shawn Lawlor

Managing Director, Canada Wood Japan/COFI Japan

Work is progressing well in preparation for the construction of the 2025 World Expo site on Osaka’s Yumeshima Island. The Expo will focus on promoting sustainable development goals (SDGs) and is expected to feature extensive use of green building technologies. The Osaka Federation of All Wood Industries, of which Canada Wood Japan is an active member, is working with Expo organizers to develop a massive wooden boardwalk ring which would surround the Yumeshima Expo site (Artists rendition above). The wooden ring would have a diameter of 700 meters and a circumference of 2.2 kilometres. The boardwalk would measure 30 meters in width and would be elevated up to 10 to 12 meters in some sections. Following the Expo, the proposal is to re-cycle and re-use the structural wooden members in public infrastructure projects and parks. Final construction plans for the Osaka 2025 Expo are expected to complete within this fiscal year.