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SVLK Sustainability Credentials Stressed
08 April, 2022
Indonesia’s development and rebrand of its timber legality assurance system is seen as potentially adding value to FLEGT, writes consultant editor Mike Jeffree
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The Bumpy Road to Net Zero
Friday, April 08, 2022 The UK panel industry is in the forefront of decarbonisation, but still faces challenges ahead, writes Wood Panel Industries Federation director-general Alastair Kerr
Global forests need global governance
Friday, December 10, 2021 Timber Trade Federation chief executive David Hopkins explains why legal governance of forests and forest supply chains must be a priority
Rising to the challenges of 2021 and beyond
Friday, December 10, 2021 Sarah Virgo, campaign manager at Wood for Good, says the industry must make the most of the recent buzz around wood
Carbon takes centre stage
Friday, December 10, 2021 The issue of carbon has been extremely prominent in the media these last few weeks.
Coming to the defence of FLEGT
Thursday, September 30, 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
Thursday, September 30, 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
Log exports threaten europe’s sawmills
Wednesday, July 21, 2021 Rising exports of logs from Europe are risking the future of sawmills across the continent says Nicolas Douzain, director of France’s National Timber Federation
Encourage waste segregation
Wednesday, July 21, 2021 Mark Hayton, director of EGGER Timberpak Ltd, shares his views on the waste wood hierarchy and the importance of segregation
The Definition of Resilience
Tuesday, June 15, 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?
Tuesday, June 15, 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
Not letting the FLEGT conversation flag
Monday, April 26, 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
Monday, April 26, 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
Tech immerses customers in sustainable forestry
Wednesday, February 24, 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
Wednesday, February 24, 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
Agility is key in the new norm
Wednesday, August 05, 2020 The ability to adapt rapidly to fast changing market conditions proved key for businesses at the height of the health crisis, and it will remain so in the post-pandemic new norm, writes Lathams Ltd managing director Andrew Wright
Choose Science Over Emotion
Wednesday, August 05, 2020 A science first, fact-based approach to the Fire Safety Bill is required, says Jeremy English, Södra
Due Diligence: Not Always an Exact Science
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 Due diligence is a continuous process, says Xiao Ma, sustainability manager at the Timber Trade Federation
Together we are stronger
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 Getting Brexit wrong has far reaching consequences but by working together the building products sector can rise to meet the challenges, writes John Newcomb, CEO of the Builders Merchants Federation
The business perils of uncertainty
Monday, July 29, 2019 The UK panels sector continues to grow and invest for the future, but like the rest of industry, above all else on Brexit, it wants clarity, writes Wood Panel Industries Federation director-general Alastair Kerr

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