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Opponents secure further discussion on US Hardwood Checkoff

24th July 2015

Opponents secure further discussion on US Hardwood Checkoff

More time has been granted for discussions on the controversial US Hardwood Checkoff, which would impose a levy on companies to fund industry promotion and research.

FedEx flies on wood power

24th July 2015

Global logistics giant FedEx Express has underlined its commitment to increase use of renewable biofuel by signing a supply deal with US-based specialist producer Red Rock LLC, which is currently building a refinery to manufature the product from woody-biomass.

Indonesian FLEGT licensing on the horizon

23rd July 2015

Indonesian FLEGT licensing on the horizon

The strongest hint yet has been given that Indonesia is set to start issuing Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade initiative (FLEGT) licenses for timber exports in the the near future, likely in the New  Year.

Ebola delays, but doesn't stop Liberia VPA progress

23rd July 2015

The impact of the ebola epidemic on the development of Liberia's EU Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade Voluntary Partnership Agreement (FLEGT VPA) was among topics discussed at the latest meeting of the EU-Liberia VPA Joint Implementation Committee (JIC). 

GTF survey on due diligence finds SMEs to be performing well

22nd July 2015

GTF survey on due diligence finds SMEs to be performing well

Since the EU Timber Regulation was first adopted there has been much debate and some confusion as to the best approach to practicing due diligence. What does a good system look like? How much diligence should be practiced? How is risk assessed and suitably managed? In May and June GTF commissioned some analysis of a sample of European and producer-country small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) involved in the forest products trade. The detailed results of this research will soon be available for download from the GTF website, but some initial findings are ready to be shared now.

Wood Empire State highlights timber's urban building potential

21st July 2015

Wood Empire State highlights timber's urban building potential

The Empire State building is the latest iconic structure to come in for Metsä Wood's Plan B treatment and be remodelled in modern timber materials and systems. 

Egger and Göttingen University develop “USB” made of soft hardwoods

20th July 2015

Egger and Göttingen University develop “USB” made of soft hardwoods

Wood-based panels giant Egger and University of Göttingen jointly developed so-called unoriented-strand boards (USB) made of soft hardwoods such as silver birch, alder, poplar and willow. The project, which was funded by the German ministry of food and agriculture (BMEL), is to help making better material use of the fairly large, untapped German resources of soft hardwoods.

EUTR Guidance Document has been amended / Changes available for download from GTF website

8th July 2015

EUTR Guidance Document has been amended / Changes available for download from GTF website

The Guidance Document on the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR), which was issued by the EU Commission to help operators understanding the new law better, was amended this spring, according to information from BLE, the German EUTR competent authority. As a part of the amendment, additional clarification was added to Chapter 4 (Clarification of the requirement for documents indicating compliance of timber with applicable legislation). Moreover, three entirely new chapters on Monitoring Organisations, agents and CITES were added.

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).

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South Korea launches probe into Chinese plywood

27th July 2015

The South Korean trade commission will launch an official investigation into alleged price dumping of Chinese softwood plywood. The decision follows a four-month preliminary investigation, according to Yonhap news agency. 

STIA plea for log export ban rejected

24th July 2015

The Sabah Timber Industry Association (STIA) called upon the State Government to implement an export ban for logs derived from natural forests at the end of June, according to ITTO. The background to this is a shortage of raw materials facing the Sabah Timber industry. Wood processing companies in Sabah were forced to import logs in this context.

Opponents secure further discussion on US Hardwood Checkoff

24th July 2015

Opponents secure further discussion on US Hardwood Checkoff

More time has been granted for discussions on the controversial US Hardwood Checkoff, which would impose a levy on companies to fund industry promotion and research.

Australian Timber Design Awards record entries

24th July 2015

Australian Timber Design Awards record entries

The organisers of the 2015 Australian Timber Design Awards report an all time high number of entries for the competition for use of timber in construction, interiors and furniture design.

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