Industry News

PEFC International launches '2017 Experience Forests' photo contest

PEFC International has launched a photo contest, '2017 Experience Forests', aimed at promoting the importance of forests worldwide.

Photographers can enter a wide variety of pictures: from forest landscapes to close ups within the forest, also including people living, working or playing in woodlands.

The competition - open for entries until Monday 5th June 2017 and limited to 5 photos per person - can be joined on Instagram, Facebook or by accessing www.pefc.photo

The best photos from the contest will enter the international contest and compete for the 2017 PEFC Photographer of the Year Award!

The winner will receive a trip to Helsinki, Finland to attend the 2017 PEFC Forest Certification Week or a cash prize of 3000 CHF.

The top 12 photos will be publicly exhibited at the 2017 PEFC Forest Certification Week at the Scandic Park hotel in Helsinki, Finland in November 2017 and potentially in other places around the world throughout 2017/2018.

Moreover, the top 12 photos will be featured in the 2018 PEFC ‘Experience Forests, Experience PEFC’ photo calendar

For more info, click here. Follow the trend on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook at #PEFCUKIRE. 

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/pefc-international-launches-2017-experience-forests-photo-contest]

PEFC opens public consultation on Cameroonian national forest certification system

PEFC stakeholders around the world are invited to comment - through the Online Consultation Tool and by the 9th July 2017 - on the Cameroonian national forest certification system.

This is the first time Cameroon submits its national forest certification system to PEFC, joining Gabon as the second African country to seek PEFC endorsement.

The public consultation is also open for Canada and Uruguay national forest certification schemes with a deadline set for 3 July 2017. This is the third and second time, respectively, that these countries have applied for endorsement by PEFC. 

The global public consultation is a vital part of the PEFC endorsement process. All comments received during the 60 day consultation will be provided to the independent organization carrying out the assessment. This valuable information will help determine whether the national system is in compliance with PEFC international requirements.

To ensure that the national systems continue to meet best practices, scientific advances and society’s expectations, PEFC limits the validity of endorsements to five years. After this period, national systems can apply for re-endorsement to continue benefitting from PEFC recognition.

View the open PEFC stakeholders' consultations here.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/pefc-opens-public-consultation-cameroonian-national-forest-certification-system]

BWF launches new guide on design and specification of Timber Stairs

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) Stair Scheme has launched a new guide to assist stair designers, manufacturers and building professionals involved in the design and specification of common timber stairs for the UK market.

The new ‘Design Guide 2: Common Timber Stairs’ was launched at the ‘Stair Flair with Due Care’ CPD seminar on Wednesday 3 May 2017 in London.

It is estimated that there is a fall on stairs every 90 seconds in the UK, and a further estimated 250,000 non-fatal accidents which are serious enough to merit a trip to A&E. An understanding of tiny details and dimensional limitations within the design of the stair is critical to ensuring that it is safe for all users and compliant to relevant regulations.

Critically, the rules for the manufacture and installation of common stairs are different from stairs for private dwellings and take into account other factors such as fire safety, increased loadings and accessibility for all users. The new design guide provides comprehensive industry advice and covers the minimum requirements for the manufacture of safe and well-designed common timber stairs for the UK construction market.

The launch event at the Building Centre, London featured BWF Stair Scheme Manager Hannah Mansell and structural engineer Dr Luke Whale, Managing Director of C4Ci, presenting on the key findings of the new guide, covering regulatory compliance and the design of safe timber stairs for communal settings such as blocks of flats or non-domestic buildings.

‘Design Guide 2: Common Timber Stairs’ is available to download on the BWF Stair Scheme Website at: www.bwfstairscheme.org.uk/stair-design

[In the picture on the left: BWF Stair Scheme manager Hannah Mansell and structural engineer Dr Luke Whale, managing director of C4Ci]

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/bwf-launches-new-guide-design-and-specification-timber-stairs]

Royal Forestry Society opens tender for Forestry Skills Study 2017

The Royal Forestry Society (RFS) is inviting stakeholders and consultants to submit a proposal and quotation for a sector skills study that evaluates the current profile and status of the Forestry Industry in terms of skills gaps and shortages, training provision, and future needs.

This study is commissioned by the Royal Forestry Society, with support from Woodland Heritage, Forestry Commission England and Scottish Forestry Trust, working on behalf of the Forestry Skills Forum (FSF)

Interested parties can submit a proposal for the delivery of the study addressing the following items:

  • How would you approach the task?
  • What are your relevant skills and experience for the assignment?
  • Can you meet the requirements of the tender in terms of time, resources and other commitments?
  • Provide a quotation that includes a detailed pricing schedule and clearly states what is included or excluded.
  • Provide contact information for a minimum of two references.

The completed proposal (2500 words maximum), quotation and any enquires about this invitation should be sent by email to Ted Wilson, Education Manager, Royal Forestry Society - ted.wilson@rfs.org.uk - by Friday 19 May 2017, 5 pm.

All submissions will be evaluated objectively as detailed in the Evaluation Matrix.

A brief of the work is available here.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/royal-forestry-society-opens-tender-forestry-skills-study-2017]

BMF urges Government and Opposition to negotiate mutually-beneficial customs agreement with EU

“We want to negotiate to ensure there are no new customs burdens when the United Kingdom leaves the European Union in two years’ time” was the message from Sir Keir Starmer MP to the Builders Merchants’ Federation (BMF) yesterday.

The Shadow Brexit Secretary was answering a question from Brett Amphlett, who represented the BMF at a major Labour Party event in Westminster. Sir Keir gave a keynote televised speech to set out his Party’s approach to leaving the EU if Labour wins the forthcoming General Election.

The BMF wants politicians of all parties to understand that leaving the Customs Union without a comprehensive UK-EU free trade agreement will unsettle business confidence and planned investments - with severe consequences for the merchants and manufacturers it represents.

Sir Keir was asked whether the HMRC and port authorities have sufficient resources to deal with millions more customs’ declarations that will be necessary when the UK leaves the EU Customs’ Union. The BMF argues that if inspections at ports are not properly resourced, consignments will be stuck on quaysides urges Government and causing unnecessary backlogs and delays in fulfilling customer orders.

Sir Keir said that the country cannot have a situation where ‘no deal’ is better than a ‘bad deal’ and that there will have to be transitional arrangements to avoid uncertainty for affected businesses.

Yesterday’s speech took place at the Institute of Civil Engineers in front of an invited audience of businessmen and women and political editors from the national print & broadcast media.

Since the Prime Minister triggered the EU Article 50 clause, the BMF has been lobbying MPs to persuade the Government to negotiate a mutually-beneficial new customs agreement based on zero or low tariffs. More should be done to prepare for the possibility of no deal with the EU - and the unwanted extra bureaucratic and financial burdens that will arise from that, says the BMF.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/bmf-urges-government-and-opposition-negotiate-mutually-beneficial-customs-agreement-eu]

Pages