Blogs Archive

Archive of blogs from the global ttj industry

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October 2021

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Rising to the challenges of 2021 and beyond
18 October 2021 Sarah Virgo, campaign manager at Wood for Good, says the industry must make the most of the recent buzz around wood

September 2021

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Coming to the defence of FLEGT
30 September 2021 Recent comments from the EC arising from the ‘Fitness check’ on the EUTR and FLEGT have cast doubts on the latter’s future, but Republic of Congo minister of forest economy Rosalie Matondo says we must build on this ground-breaking timber trade initiative, not undermine it

Back the COP26 timber beacon
30 September 2021 The UK timber industry has an unparalleled opportunity at COP26 to persuade decision makers that using wood is key to combating the climate crisis. But, says Keith Fryer of Fort Builders Merchant, a project to make timber’s case to the climate conference needs funding

June 2021

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The Definition of Resilience
15 June 2021 It’s been challenging times for the US hardwood industry, but production is rising and optimism is in the air, reports AHEC executive director Mike Snow

Confident your timber is correctly fire-treated?
15 June 2021 Most specifiers rely on their supply chain to deliver products fi t for purpose. Fire-retardant timber is a case in point. You’re given the paperwork to tick the box. But is that enough? And do you know what to ask to ensure correct treatment? asks Mark Eggleston, managing director of WJ Group

Physical event planned for 25th anniversary TTJ Awards
15 June 2021 It’s heartening to see signs of normal life resuming once again. Meeting up with others following the easing of pandemic restrictions has been a welcome relief after what has seemed like a long winter and springtime. I don’t know about you but it seemed like I had exhausted my narrow list of Covid-safe things to do.

April 2021

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Not letting the FLEGT conversation flag
26 April 2021 The TTF has big ambitions for its campaign to communicate the FLEGT timber legality assurance initiative, with COP26 a key focus, says FLEGT communications executive Lucy Bedry

A clear case for treatment clarity
26 April 2021 The industry must get behind the TTF’s efforts to clear the fog around correct specification of treated softwood, says Keith Fryer of Fort Builders’ Merchant

Industry consolidation here to stay
26 April 2021 Consolidation in the UK timber sector has been gathering pace in recent years and as we officially enter spring, it seems to have gone up a notch.

March 2021

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Greenpeace certification report covets headlines not consensus
19 March 2021 It must be a burden being part of Greenpeace, being so ineffably right all the time, when everyone else is so unmitigatedly wrong.

February 2021

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Tech immerses customers in sustainable forestry
24 February 2021 More than ever, the timber sector needs to communicate the benefits of sustainable forest management – Södra is doing it in virtual 3D, writes sales director Nigel Buckley-Ryan

Time to state the carbon case
24 February 2021 As the European timber industry deals with the fallout from pandemic, it must continue to state wood’s case as a key material for decarbonising construction, writes European Woodworking Industries Confederation secretary-general Silvia Melegari

December 2020

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Working to boost African tropical forest certification
03 December 2020 It’s time for new impetus for certification of tropical forests, and PEFC – with a diverse coalition of stakeholders – is making great strides towards this goal, writes PEFC International chairman Peter Latham OBE

Strict protection the way forward?
03 December 2020 The FSC sees sustainable management as key for preserving tropical forests and aims to increase the area under its certification scheme from 18 million to 50 million ha, says director-general Kim Carstensen

A question of confidence
03 December 2020 As I write this, England was preparing once again to go into another lockdown, albeit a shorter one.

October 2020

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Teaching Timber: Building Better
27 October 2020 There’s growing realisation that construction has a key role to play in tackling the climate crisis and, within that context, of the need to teach building professionals about using timber, writes Tabitha Binding, university and regional engagement manager, TTF

Construction resilience in the era of Covid
27 October 2020 The construction industry’s talents will always be needed, says Philip Pointon sustainability director at Pasquill

August 2020

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Backing the low carbon campaign
26 August 2020 Timber products have such a great story to tell.

Choose Science Over Emotion
26 August 2020 A science first, fact-based approach to the Fire Safety Bill is required, says Jeremy English, Södra

June 2020

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Continued Communication on Carbon Is Key
30 June 2020 The industry must continue to communicate timber’s role in mitigating climate change, another crisis that could turn the world upside down, writes American Hardwood Export Council European director David Venables