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FSC UK to offer free consultation at Edie Live event on 17-18 May 2016

FSC UK will be offering free timber and/or paper specification and procurement surgeries at Edie Live, one of the largest energy, sustainability and resource efficiency events for business, taking place on 17-18 May at NEC Birmingham.

Interested companies can book the a '30-minute surgery' at [email protected]. Attach a copy of your existing policies to maximise your time on the day.

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Global biomass pellet market to rise strongly by 2020

The global biomass pellet market was valued at $6,976.3 million in 2014, and it is expected to grow with a CAGR of 11.1% by 2020, a study published by the US consultancy agency P&S Market Research claims.

According to research, the factors driving the growth of the global market include low GHG emission from biomass, increased government initiatives for renewable technologies, need for constant energy supply and massive untapped biomass potential. The rapid depletion of fossil fuels and global warming caused by their usage has shifted the global interest from conventional energy to green energy.

The different governments across the globe have initiated several schemes in the form of incentives, grants and subsidy to promote and encourage the generation of renewable energy. The new government policies are encouraging the development of renewable energy sources for power generation. This is expected to be one of the major growth drivers for biomass power generation during the forecast period. Moreover, preferential tariffs, CDM revenue, Renewable Purchase Obligations and Renewable Energy Certificates for biomass projects are an attractive investment option, which is expected to boost the growth of the market in the near future.

In 2014, the European market held the largest share in the global biomass pellet market, in terms of value and volume. The major reasons behind the growth of the biomass pellets market in the region are low GHG emission from biomass and increased government initiatives for adoption of renewable technologies.

The biomass pellets market in Europe is expected to maintain its growth rate, which is mainly driven by various subsidies and legislation. The incentives for biomass conversion in the U.K. are aimed at encouraging infrastructural development. The price of carbon is getting increased, thus making it very expensive to burn coal. As a result, the U.K. power producers are expected to continuously move towards biomass production. This is expected to support the growth of the European biomass pellets market.

In 2014, North America accounted for the second largest share in the global biomass pellet market, in terms of value and volume.

However, Asia biomass pellet market is expected to witness the fastest growth (21.6% CAGR) globally during 2015 - 2020. The major consumers of biomass pellets in Asia are China, Japan and South Korea. On January 1, 2006, Renewable Energy Law was enacted in China. As a result of this, the Chinese government put the adoption of biomass fuel development at top priority. Currently, biomass pellets are produced in large scale for replacing coal burning in China and is expected to grow steadily. This in turn, is expected to support the growth of the Asian biomass pellets market.

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Global exports of American Hardwoods top $3.3 billion in 2015

According to the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), in 2015 US hardwood products exported including timber, logs, veneers, flooring, hardwood plywood, chips and mouldings amounted to a value of over US $3.3 billion.

Worldwide exports of American hardwood timber alone in 2015 exceeded US $2 billion, with the top destination China accounting for 46.6% of the value of all timber shipments. Southeast Asia imported US $217 million – a further 10.5% placing the greater China and Southeast Asian markets at over 57% of global timber exports from the USA. The long-term trend for timber exports shows growth from under US $1billion in 2009 to over US $2billion in 2015.

The top five species in order of value of exports were Red Oak (25% by volume), White Oak (16%), Ash (10%), Tulipwood (15%) and Walnut (5%) amounting to a total of 71% by volume. Maples, Red Alder, Cherry, Hickory and Birch make up the balance.

Cherry has shown the greatest increase in value, up 15% and up 21% in volume, amounting to US $90.7million on 118,198 m3. 


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Energy Technology Institute seeks partners to explore the future of UK biomass logistics

The UK Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is seeking partners for a new bioenergy project aimed to improve understanding of the future of biomass logistics in the UK.

The project intends to identify key decision points and the actions that would need to be taken to support the sector’s development out to 2050. In particular the research will focus on those ‘scenario-resilient’ actions without which the infrastructure required would not keep pace with demand for bioenergy.

The deadline to notify the intention to submit a proposal for the project is 18th April 2016; submission of proposals will remain open until 29th April 2016.

According to ETI, bioenergy can play a significant and valuable role in a future long term low carbon UK energy system. However, delivering the greatest value from bioenergy depends on the UK’s ability to source and distribute sufficient biomass from sustainable sources, either domestic or imported.

Hannah Evans, ETI Bioenergy Strategy Analyst explains: “The bioenergy sector has seen significant growth in recent years, leading to increases in the quantity of both imported and domestically produced feedstock. ETI’s analysis shows that bioenergy can play a significant and valuable role in cost-effectively meeting the UK’s 2050 greenhouse gas (GHG) targets. While supply has been able to keep up with demand to date, as the bioenergy sector continues to grow further investment will need to be made to ensure sufficient quantities of biomass can be imported, stored, transported, processed and distributed to end users. In order to ensure the commercial viability of the biomass sector and to minimise the cost to the consumer, it is important that the infrastructure for biomass logistics is developed and used efficiently, learning lessons from other sectors where appropriate."

Ms Evans concludes: "While domestic sources offer the greatest energy security and sustainability benefits in the longer-term, the UK currently doesn’t have enough of its own biomass feedstock today to supply a commercially-viable large-scale bioenergy sector. Therefore, the most pragmatic approach is to develop the sector based on near-term increases in biomass imports derived from sustainable sources, such that the key actors in the supply chain can ‘learn by doing’ in terms of logistics, handling, designing and operating bioenergy conversion technologies. In parallel, support will also be needed to build up a strong and commercially-viable biomass feedstock supply chain in the UK to enable domestic biomass supplies to continue to play a significant role.”

Further information and the set of forms to join the project can be found on ETI website at:


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CEPI releases revised guidelines on Paper for Recycling quality control

The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) has issued new revised guidelines on Paper for Recycling quality control, including recommendations for Recycling suppliers and paper mills.

The publication - downloadable here - is designed to achieve greater harmonisation, promoting the implementation of the EN 643 Standard and facilitating commercial relationships between paper producers and recycling suppliers.

The guidelines describe in details inspection procedures for quality control at paper mills and give recommendations on the level of information for suppliers, documentation and staff education.


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