The wooden Pavilion of Chile proves the important environmental achievement of this country, whose forest area is increasing, in contrast with the deforestation in other areas of the planet.
Chile takes part in the ‘Towards a Sustainable Expo’ programme with initiatives concerning all the categories:

1) sustainable architecture of Self-Built Pavilions and exhibition areas;
2) sustainability of the food provided by the food service and catering;
3) sustainability of the preparations, the packaging used, product merchandising and organization of any event outside the Exhibition Site;
4) other initiatives not classifiable in the abovementioned categories

Here the initiatives that Chile has undertaken for the categories 2, 3 and 4:

– calculation of the carbon footprint for the construction of the Pavilion.
The emissions have been compensated purchasing carbon credits produced by the afforestation project of the Chilean Foundation ‘Reforestamos Patagonia’ and by a project for the production of electricity from biomass;
– the selection of the products for sale in the Pavilion have been made preferring the ones from medium and small Chilean producers and the ones created by the Chilean cooperatives (eg. garlic pasta of the Cooperative ‘Punta Chilen’ or handpicked dried seaweed from the Cooperative ‘Los algueros de Navidad’).
In addition, over 50% of the products sold are made by smalll companies headed by women to encourage and promote local craft and to spread the traditional Chilean culture;
– Considerable attention in the choice of the materials used, in particular the Chilean wood from certified forests.

With regard to sustainable architecture, the solutions adopted have been:
– use of certified wood for the construction of the Pavilion;
– use of dry technology for the assembly of the wood;
– efficient solutions for the control of thermal dispersion;
– reduction of the area that requires the air-conditioning system;
technological solution to save water;
efficient solutions for efficient lighting system by using low energy consupmtion and LED lamps.

For the second life of the Pavilion, the structure will be dismantled and reused in Chile, with a function that is yet to be determined.