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FSC and WWF promote certified wood products in China

FSC China, WWF China and the Japanese retail group Aeon recently co-hosted an event to promote sustainable consumption to consumers in China.

Six FSC-certified companies, including Kimberly Clark, SIG Combibloc and Tetra Pak, presented their paper and packaging products at the event. One of these, Sun Paper, a major Chinese paper producer, showed their newly certified photocopying paper and tissue brands. 

The event also included an interactive education session designed to explain children the value of forests.

There are over 4,000 FSC chain of custody certificates in China. While these are mostly in the export sector, the continuous economic growth and ever-growing middle class mean that the domestic market for FSC-certified products is likely to expand in the future. China is also the largest producer and consumer of paper in the world, and demand is constantly rising.

In this context, the collaboration between FSC and China intends to encourage Chinese consumers to practice sustainable consumption in their daily lives starting from purchasing certified paper and wood products.

Jin Zhonghao, WWF’s Global Forest and Trade Network Program Director, commented: “We hope that consumers can recognize and accept sustainable forest products, so that we can transform the market and have the global forests responsibly managed.”


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EU Referendum: Timber traders back Remain vote, TTF survey shows

The results of the latest survey run by the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) among its members show a strong support for the UK to remain in the European Union.

According to the poll, 76 % of the respondents think the UK should stay in the EU, while 16% are in favour of leaving.

Considering the impact on the UK economy as a whole, 80% of the respondents believe the UK will benefit from remaining in the European Union, while 11% indicate ‘Brexit’ as the best solution.

In details, survey participants express concern about the uncertain economical and political scenario following a possible exit from the EU. Remarkably, comments stress how the replacement of European standards and regulations could affect UK trade over the coming years.

Respondents also highlight the necessity of a reformed EU where benefits and responsibilities are distributed more equally among member states.

“The TTF is not taking an official position on the referendum either way, but this survey gives an unequivocal view from the Members. It is perhaps unsurprising that uncertainty and lack of clarity from the Brexit camp about what leaving the EU would achieve does not impress a business sector for whom the EU is their biggest trading partner", says David Hopkins, Managing Director of the Timber Trade Federation. 

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Confor launches new website to better promote forestry and wood sector

The Confederation of Forest Industries (Confor) has launched its new website.

Along with member information and a library of key documentation, the website highlights the benefits that forestry and wood sector brings to the UK economy.

In this view, the new online platform features relevant media contents including four short videos, which look at the breadth of forestry and wood's contribution.

"This has been a very successful year for Confor so far and the website launch continues the positive momentum," said Confor's Chief Executive Stuart Goodall.

"We recognised some time ago that there was a clear need for simple visual materials to tell the forestry and timber story to a wider audience. We were delighted by Our Forests Our People and the positive reaction to it, and the animation has built on this. The new videos take things a step further by appealing to different audiences and building out from the core messages."

"To be a successful sector, we need to tackle outdated misperceptions and demonstrate the significant benefits we provide to society. This website, and our continuing efforts to promote forestry and timber through the media, are vital to achieving that goal.”

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Biomass-based electricity 74-85% cleaner than coal, new study finds

According to a study by the University of Illinois, USA, carbon emissions throughout biomass process are 74-85% lower than coal-based electricity.

The paper - 'Carbon savings with transatlantic trade in pellets: accounting for market-driven effects' - examines the greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity of pellets exported from the US using either forest biomass only or forest and agricultural biomass combined.

Professor of Agriculture Madhu Khanna and her team analysed multiple scenarios considering variables like pellet demand fluctuations, greenhouse gas intensity, land use and milling residues.

"Across different scenarios of high and low pellet demand that can be met with either forest biomass only or with forest and agricultural biomass, we find that the GHG intensity of pellet based electricity is 74% to 85% lower than that of coal-based electricity. We also find that the GHG intensity of pellets produced using agricultural (i.e. miscanthus and switchgrass) and forest biomass is 28% to 34% lower than that of pellets produced using forest biomass only", said Professor Khanna. 

"Greenhouse gas (GHG) effects due to induced direct and indirect changes in forest carbon stock caused by changes in harvest rotations, changes in land use and in conventional wood production account for 11% to 26% of the overall GHG intensity of pellets produced from forest biomass only; these effects are negative with the use of forest and agricultural biomass."

"Our study demonstrates that low GHG-intensive supply-chain management practices for pellet production are possible by avoiding extended storage of biomass. It provides a framework for determining the effects of market-driven direct and ILUCs (Indirect Land Use Change) on GHG intensity of pellets in the US​", concluded Professor Khanna.


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IOM3 launches technology roadmap for the Packaging Industry

The Packaging Society (a division of IOM3 - The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining) has joined forces with the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) to develop a technology roadmap for the Packaging Industry.

The project - to be implemented over a three-to-ten year horizon - aims to "highlight the technological areas that could bring the greatest benefit to businesses developing materials for use in packaging, processes for manufacturing and filling packs and the creation of packs that best meet the needs of future consumers." 

The next stage of the roadmap is to bring together key stakeholders to inform the mapping process about the issues that the industry faces from a technological, economic, environmental, political and social perspective in the coming yeas.

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