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World wood views at Global Timber Forum Summit

23rd June 2015

World wood views at Global Timber Forum Summit

The Global Timber Forum (GTF) took a significant step in its development as an international timber trade communications hub at its Shanghai Summit in early June. The event also highlighted its potential as a medium for the sector to express its views to the wider market and policy makers, and evaluate solutions on key issues, reports Mike Jeffree of GTF Communications.

Global Timber Forum to move forward and establish legal status

16th June 2015

Global Timber Forum to move forward and establish legal status

The GTF advisory board agreed to set up a legal structure for the Global Timber Forum on occasion of last week’s GTF Summit in Shanghai. The not-for-profit company is to be UK-based and formal set-up is expected to be completed during the course of the summer.

Global Timber Forum Summit tackles key trade issues

3rd June 2015

Global Timber Forum Summit tackles key trade issues

The Global Timber Forum in Shanghai next week will cover a wide range of key international timber trade issues, with expert speakers drawn from around the world to address them.

Building in wood is more environmentally friendly – and cheaper

29th May 2015

Building in wood is more environmentally friendly – and cheaper

A new study funded by the German federal agency for renewable raw materials (Fachagentur für Nachwachsende Rohstoffe, FNR) and conducted by architect and software developer Holger König compares the construction costs and carbon footprint of five public and privately owned timber buildings with the costs and carbon footprint they would have created if realised in other building materials.

EU urged to crackdown on illegal tropical plantation products

29th May 2015

EU urged to crackdown on illegal tropical plantation products

Forestry environmental NGO FERN says that the EU’s consumption of plantation grown agricultural products is driving illegal land clearance and deforestation in tropical countries.

$250,000 for tall timber fire research

27th May 2015

$250,000 for tall timber fire research

In another boost for timber high rise in North America, the American Wood Council (AWC) has been awarded a $250,000 grant to research on fire performance of mass timber buildings.

University backs Finnish wood construction business

27th May 2015

University backs Finnish wood construction business

A professorship in timber building is being created at the University of Vaasa in Finland to help grow timber construction businesses. 

GTF Summit registration forms available to download

19th May 2015

GTF Summit registration forms available to download

Registration forms for the GTF Summoit are available for download from this website's events section.

American cherry structure the pick of the Milan Design Week

15th May 2015

 American cherry structure the pick of the Milan Design Week

An alliance between the US hardwood industry, Swedish design and British architectural furniture manufacture and joinery has highlighted the structural potential of American cherry at an Italian design exhibition.

Timber construction and design experts make GTF Summit a hot ticket

13th May 2015

Timber construction and design experts make GTF Summit a hot ticket

Two leading international voices on timber construction and design will be addressing the GTF Summit in Shanghai, which takes place from June 9-11.

 

FLEGT Review opens public consultation

7th May 2015

The European Commission (EC)  is inviting input from the timber industry and other stakeholders as part of its review and evaluation of the anti illegal timber Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade Action Plan (FLEGT).

FSC urges harmonised EUTR enforcement - and greater certification role

5th May 2015

The Forest Stewardship Council is urging greater recognition of certification as evidence of legality and illegality risk mitigation under the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR).  It also wants the approach of EUTR Competent Authorities in different EU countries to be harmonised and for countries to be fined if they don't implement the Regulation effectively.

Wood is more sustainable than steel or concrete

4th May 2015

Wood is more sustainable than steel or concrete

A new study titled „Building Material or Fuel? Growing competition for Wood“ and carried out by the Technical University of Munich finds wood to be a more sustainable building material than steel and concrete.

VPAs are „a tool for fixing gaps in governance“, says FERN

27th April 2015

VPAs are „a tool for fixing gaps in governance“, says FERN

The environmental NGO FERN has analysed the FLEGT VPA process in five African countries in terms of transparency and discovered a range of encouraging signs. Transparency gains achieved as a part of the VPA process have, according to FERN, contributed to halting forest loss and increased rights of communities and indigenous peoples. 

Tall timber is the future urban solution

24th April 2015

Tall timber is the future urban solution

Tall building and especially tall building are a potential solution for meeting growing future needs for high density, low environmental impact urban housing development. 

 

Global Timber Forum is now live on twitter

23rd April 2015

Global Timber Forum is now live on twitter

The Global Timber Forum has launched a twitter page - @GTFTimberForum.

US forest restoration project hits 300,000 acres

21st April 2015

US forest restoration project hits 300,000 acres

The USA's largest landscape-scale forest restoration project, the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) in the Coconino and Kaibab forests of Arizona, has now completed work across a 300,000 acre area.

Tropical forest challenges and opportunities in focus

20th April 2015

Tropical forest challenges and opportunities in focus

Key areas of action for improving environmental performance and impacts of the tropical forest sector, and its commercial outlook, form the focus of new reports from the International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO).

Organised crime profits from DRC illegal timber

17th April 2015

International organised crime is taking 98% of the profit from illegal trade in timber and other commodities in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

New Zealand deforestation dispute

16th April 2015

New Zealand's government and opposition Green Party are making conflicting statements on the country's deforestation rate.

Lumber Liquidators distributes 10,000 flooring air test kits

15th April 2015

It is reported that 10,000 people have now applied for free air safety test kits being distributed by US wood flooring retail giant Lumber Liquidators.

Stockholm’s decade of wood home development

15th April 2015

Stockholm’s decade of wood home development

A major timber-based construction programme is planned for Stockholm, which could see 6,000 dwellings built in a decade.

Stakeholders worldwide give their views on value of FLEGT

12th March 2015

Stakeholders worldwide give their views on value of FLEGT

Environmental NGO FERN has launched an online video giving stakeholders worldwide the opportunity to share their views on the value of the EU Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade Voluntary Partnership programme (FLEGT VPA).

WWF wants EU buying sustainable timber only by 2020

11th March 2015

WWF wants EU buying sustainable timber only by 2020
The WWF is looking to take its new UK Forests Campaign, urging strict EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) enforcement and companies to commit to sustainable timber sourcing,  Europe-wide.
Vienna's Hoho dwarfs existing timber buildings

10th March 2015

The 14-storey timber building currently under construction in Bergen, Norway will likely not hold the title of the world’s tallest timber building for very long: The Austrian real estate firm Kerbler Holding announced at the end of February that it will go ahead with plans to build an 84m, 24-storey wooden skyscraper in Vienna.

Study indicates Lacey is working

5th March 2015

Study indicates Lacey is working

New research supports claims that the US Lacey Act is successfully curbing access of illegal timber from South America and Asia to the American market.

Visualising wood’s carbon credentials

26th February 2015

The UK Wood for Good marketing campaign has commissioned a series of short films to broadcast the message of forestry and timber construction’s carbon credentials to a wider audience.

Europe’s tallest timber building nears completion

26th February 2015

Europe’s tallest timber building nears completion

A ten-storey hybrid timber and steel framed apartment building is on schedule to be complete in coming weeks.  It will become Europe’s tallest cross laminated timber-based (CLT) building and the joint tallest in the world, alongside Melbourne’s Forte Tower. 

Danes make timber a YouTube hit

23rd February 2015

Danes make timber a YouTube hit

A series of promotional  animations from The Danish Wood Initiative (DWI) have been downloaded more than 80,000 times on YouTube.

News

News

UK wood imports grow seventh quarter in a row

2nd July 2015

Growth in UK wood imports has slowed with +0.8% in the first three months of 2015 but the upward trend lasting since 2013 has still continued. The UK Timber Trade Federation (TTF) reports that imports totalled 2.34 million m3 between January and March, compared to 2.32 million m3 in the first three months of last year.

Brazil wants to reforest 12 million hectares

2nd July 2015

Brazil wants to reforest 12 million hectares

US and Brazil’s presidents Barack Obama and Dilma Rousseff put climate change at the top of the agenda at their bilateral meeting this week: the two countries agreed to obtain up to 20% of their electricity from renewable power by 2030. Moreover, Brazil committed to restoring and reforesting 12 million hectares of forest, in another attempt to reduce carbon emissions that causes climate change.

Ghana is carrying out test run of wood tracking system

1st July 2015

Ghana is carrying out test run of wood tracking system

The Ghana Forestry Commission (FC) is advancing in the implementation of a wood tracking system that will enable Ghana to issue the Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) licenses under the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) reached with the European Union. Itto reports that the FC is carrying out a test run on the system involving relevant government agencies and selected companies.

First industry-wide EPD registered for Australian softwood

30th June 2015

The sustainability case for timber will now be easier to quantify, with the Australian timber industry last week registering the first industry-wide Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for sawn softwood. The EPD was produced by the Timber Development Association and sustainability expert Thinkstep, in collaboration with Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA).

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