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Brexit or fixit? The EU Referendum debate is firmly under way. TTJ looks at how the timber sector views this important milestone.
FSC makes headway two decades on The FSC has made major headway in forest and chain of custody certifi cation since launching two decades ago, but is aiming higher. FSC UK communications manager Tallulah Chapman reports
New voices speak out on forestry, environment and FLEGT A technically aware, environmentally committed new generation in supplier countries is increasingly shaping the development of the EU Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade Voluntary Partnership Agreement (FLEGT VPA) initiative, and other forestry and timber sector legality and sustainability programmes worldwide. Mike Jeffree asked a range of them in VPA signatory countries worldwide about their views, outlook and aspirations. Here are the responses from Indonesia, Ghana and Honduras
Building bridges, making waves The UK’s EU Timber Regulation enforcer sees close, collaborative relations with the trade as key in implementing and policing it. Mike Jeffree reports
Compulsory E1 in Europe - a defence Clive Pinnington, the new, and first, managing director of the European Panel Federation, finds that not all publicity is good publicity – especially when it comes via a TV news programme that promoted alarmist views on emissions from wood products
Big Brands back EU Battle against Illegal Timber Some of Europe’s biggest consumer brands in timber products not only back the EU Timber Regulation and wider anti-illegal timber measures, they want them to be tougher and wider ranging. Mike Jeffree reports.
Protection Needs Profile A key focus of the Wood Protection Association annual conference was the need to raise awareness of the treatment sector’s potential to maximise timber’s market potential. Mike Jeffree reports.
Sector Focus: Panel Products, “The China Question” China has rapidly grown from being one of the world’s largest importers of plywood to one of the largest exporters and that shift has brought recognised sourcing problems for the timber industry, highlighted by recent issues on EUTR compliance. Keren Fallwell reports.
Face to Face: Dan Rogerson In a new series of face-to-face interviews with important decision makers, Stephen Powney talks to UK forestry minister Dan Rogerson
What’s a FLEGT VPA worth? A new market analysis initiative will assess the potential European tropical timber market value of licensing under the EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade scheme. Mike Jeffree reports.
Sustainability and sales are key Ensuring sustainable wood supplies and defending and developing their market are mutually dependent imperatives for the tropical timber trade, according to speakers at the ATIBT International Forum. Mike Jeffree reports.
Widening the scope WWF-UK’s Forest Campaign aims to influence the business community, the public and the government on sustainability issues – and to encourage a tightening up of the EUTR. Sally Spencer reports.
FLEGT forest power to the people The EU FLEGT VPA process is giving local communities real influence in the operation of their forest and timber sectors and they’re urging the EU timber trade to back it. Mike Jeffree reports.
Certification needs second look by EC The EC has committed a serious oversight in its Forest Strategy by overlooking the potential contribution environmental certification schemes can make to developing a rounded environmentally and commercially sound forestry sector, writes FSC managing director Kim Carstensen.
Making a mark BM TRADA technical manager Dr Hugh Mansfield Williams examines the impact of CE marking on the wood panel market
FLEGT – forging legality links The battle against illegal logging is being joined by timber consumer and producer countries worldwide, and taking interesting new directions. Mike Jeffree reports.
Toxic timber dust hazards Different wood species’ dust can carry a range of threats to woodworkers. Stephen Powney reports.
Fresh approaches to dust extraction New dust extraction technology helps timber companies improve productivity and reduce costs.
Wood dust: guidance to compliance The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) is helping members to comply with wood dust regulations.