Industry Events

"What wood can do?": Wood-based innovations on display at EU Parliament in Brussels

From 5 to 8 September, the Finnish “Uusi puu – New Wood” initiative is holding an exhibition entitled “What wood can do?” in the facilities of the EU Parliament in Brussels.

The event aims to show how wood-based innovations can help respond to the global challenges of everyday life. The exhibition displayed more than 50 wood-based solutions for the needs of packaging, hygiene, health care, construction, textile, chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

“The wood-based bio-economy is already offering products and solutions to mitigate climate change, among other things. The purpose of this exhibition is to highlight several solutions based on renewable raw material, which will help to adapt to global changes,” said MEP Henna Virkkunen [in the picture on the left] who is hosting the exhibition.

According to Ms Virkkunen, the initiative is designed to increase confidence in the diverse and resource efficient use of wood as a raw material particularly amongst European decision-makers. “It feels natural to tell about possibilities for the sustainable use of wood as part of the bio- and circular economies together with the New Wood initiative. The group represents a diverse range of actors from those engaged in R&D activity for wood processing to companies manufacturing global consumer products. We will also talk about the Finnish sustainable forest economy and possibilities to replace non-renewable materials,” Ms Virkkunen added.

On 5 September, the EU Commissioner Jyrki Katainen also gave a keynote speech at the opening of “New Wood” stressing the important contribution of the Forestry Industry to the development of a bio-based circular economy.

 

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“The Value of Wood" for European bioeconomy explained at Brussels International Forum

Over 100 participants, composed of European Timber Industry stakeholders, policy makers and key trade organisation leaders, gathered last 21 March 2017 in Brussels for the International Forum “The Value of Wood."

Hosted by the Honourable Member of the EU Parliament (MEP) Paul Brannen, the event showcased the contribution of wood-based innovation to the European bioeconomy.

Mr Sampsa Auvinen, president of the European Organisation of the Sawmill Industry (EOS) said: “Increasing the use of wood in construction and in everyday products plays an important role in tackling climate change, developing green jobs - particularly in rural areas - and boosting the bio-economy."

He also recalled that “Without doubt, wood is one of the most environmentally and sustainable friendly material. To address global challenges such as climate change, a growing population and resource scarcity, Europe must find pathways to produce goods, food and energy by using renewable organic materials more widely.  In this sense, the promotion of timber construction is anchored in the bio-economy concept."

"The European sawmill industry makes market products with a small carbon footprint, from raw material procured from sustainably managed forests. Companies process hardwood and softwood for a wide ranges of construction and furniture products. The sawmill industry is the backbone of the bio-economy. Residues from sawmill processes can be converted into a broad range of wood-based products including bio-composite materials, bio-plastics, textiles and carbon-neutral biofuels. Simultaneously, the production of saw-logs, and the correlated use of by products and residues, complies with the resource efficiency principle, guarantees the highest profitability for forest owners and provides the raw materials needed for developing the bio-economy.”

The Director for the environmental department of the French research centre FCBA, Gerard Deroubaix offered a technical explanation of the wood products as carbon store. He underlined how the carbon footprint of construction products made of wood is, in a very large majority of cases, significantly lower than the carbon footprint of the products made of competing materials. He recalled that a recent study commissioned by the EU Commission and entitled “Climwood2030” presented calculations at European level showing that “the material use of wood products instead of functionally equivalent alternative products leads to a decrease of fossil based GHG emissions over the whole life cycle of about 1.5 à 3.5 t CO2 per ton of wood product”.

The role of timber in Architecture was presented by Andrew Waugh, from Waugh Thistleton Architects, who explained the latest achievements of building with wood. He presented the Dalston Lane Project that is the world’s largest CLT building: the ten-storey, 121-unit development is made entirely of CLT, from the external, party and core walls, through to the floors and stairs, weighing a fifth of a concrete building of this size, and reducing the number of deliveries during construction by 80 per cent. The ten-storey, 121-unit development, is made entirely of CLT, from the external, party and core walls, through to the floors and stairs, weighing a fifth of a concrete building of this size, and reducing the number of deliveries during construction by 80 per cent. Another example of wood application is the Murray Grove, the first urban housing project to be constructed entirely from pre-fabricated solid timber, from the load bearing walls and floor slabs to the stair and lift cores.

Finally, Per-Olof Weding, President of European State Forest Association (EUSTAFOR) emphasised that European Forests are constantly growing both in size and in volume of wood. This extremely positive fact is due to an active and sustainable forest management system that ensures the production capacity and resilience of forest ecosystems as a whole. He stressed that a vibrant European forestry sector can make the bio-economy the next major economic development and can bring real benefits to mitigate climate change.

[Photo courtesy of International Union for Conservation of Nature and Revolve Media]

 

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Wood Awards 2017: Call for entries now open

The Wood Awards: Excellence in British Architecture and Product Design launched its 2017 call for entries yesterday with a drinks reception at the Building Centre in London.

Speakers included David Hopkins, Managing Director of the Timber Trade Federation, and Councillor Vincent Stops, chair of the planning committee at the London Borough of Hackney, home to one of the greatest concentrations of urban timber architecture in the UK.

Established in 1971, the Wood Awards recognises, encourages and promotes outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation using wood in projects throughout the UK. The Wood Awards’ elite independent judging panel not only judges all submitted entries but also visits the shortlisted projects in person, making the Wood Awards a uniquely rigorous competition.

With permission from the owner, anyone associated with a building or product completed in the last two years, can enter. Buildings must be located within the UK whilst furniture and other products must have been either designed or manufactured in the UK. The competition is free to enter and entrants may submit more than one project. There are no restrictions on the size or budget of a project.

The call for entries will close on Friday 26 May 2017. The Wood Awards shortlist will be announced in July and the winners will be announced at the Wood Awards ceremony on 21st November 2017 at Carpenters’ Hall in London. The shortlisted projects will be on display at the ceremony and during the London Design Festival in September.

For more information. email info@woodawards.com or francesca@friendsandco.co.uk

 

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Montreal Wood Convention in March 2016

The 4th edition of the Montreal Wood Convention will take place from 22 to 24 March 2016 at the Hotel Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth in Montréal, Canada. Registrations will open on 8 September 2015.

The convention is one of the leading North American Wood trade events and offers a great opportunity to make contacts within the North American market.

Last year’s edition of was a huge success as it welcomed over 650 international participants from the timber industry as well as over 80 exhibitors. 

For more information click here.

CPET woodfuel guidance webinar

The Central Point of Expertise on Timber (CPET) will be running a woodfuel guidance webinar on 30 July 2015.

The event, focused on Timber Standard, is open to producers and suppliers involved in the purchase and/or use of woodfuel in the UK.

Register for free at cpet@efeca.com.

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