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Thailand moves forward towards PEFC membership

PEFC and the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) co-hosted a session within Asian Paper in Bangkok to focus on Thailand's application to PEFC for membership.

The event represented an opportunity to debate the Thai national forest certification system and the developments in sustainable trade and production of wood-based products.

“Now that the Thailand Forest Certification Council is officially registered within FTI we have completed all the requirements and look forward to becoming a member of PEFC,” announced Dr. Nihkom, Chair of the TFCC. “Joining PEFC’s international alliance will give Thailand prominence and recognition for all the work we are doing to advance sustainability within our country.”

“I would like to congratulate all the stakeholders who have worked so hard over the past years to achieve this significant step towards the PEFC endorsement of a Thai Forest Certification System,” said Mr. Gunneberg, as he made the announcement. “We look forward to welcoming Thailand as a National member once they have been voted in by our PEFC members.”


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Biomass power generation market to reach value of £34.72 billion by 2022

A new report by Transparency Market Research shows that biomass power generation market will expand massively by 2022 reaching an annual growth rate of 6.4% .

In details the total value of the sector will increase from US $28.68 (£19.71) bn in 2014 to US $50.52 (£34.72) bn by 2022.

In terms of power generation, the market is expected to rise to 738,350.3 million KWh in 2022 from 72,571.9 MW in 2013, showing a 6.8% CAGR (compound annual growth rate) over the period.

In relation to installed capacity, the market is expected to exhibit a 6.2% CAGR and rise to 122,331.6 MW by 2022 from 72,571.9 MW in 2013.

Woody biomass currently accounts for the largest share in the market in terms of utilization, followed by the segment of agriculture and forest residue. However, co-firing and combined heat and power (CHP) technologies are expected to be the prominent biogas power generation technologies over the report’s forecast period owing to their contribution in minimizing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Due to their encouraging regulatory framework and government support for the use and production of power from biomass, countries in Europe and North America are known to be highly lucrative markets for the biomass power generation. The favourable regulatory scenario, funding programs, incentives, and grants in these regions will provide healthy growth prospects for the biomass power generation market in the near future.

The complete report is purchasable here.


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BMF launches new App to bring company information to employees’ fingertips

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched a new mobile App specifically designed to create a regular communications stream between companies and their employees.

Developed by Corsby Associates and named BMF Employee Engage App, the App is ideal for multi-site builders merchants or building materials suppliers.

By making essential HR information visible at all times, including the company’s Employee Handbook, Policy & Procedures and the employee’s Contract, the App reduces the time HR staff spend on dealing with basic enquiries.

It can also be configured to push notifications through to each user, so important information is instantly available. With the App on their mobile device, employees can also quickly complete topic surveys when it suits them.

Other functions, such as the Employee of the Month, are designed to encourage and thank workers. Staff members can also interact with each other via the App.

Richard Ellithorne, BMF Membership Services Director, said: “We are extremely excited to offer a fresh approach to employee communications. Most of us use apps everyday for different functions at home so why not use one at work? Particularly one that makes it so simple to interact with directly with everyone in your business.”

John Porter, MD Crosby Associates, added: “The Employee Engage App provides a new way of thinking and working for many HR functions. Everyone who sees it, loves it, because it is not a one-size fits all approach.  he app can be customised to include the modules that suit the needs of different organisations, and the look and feel can also reflect the company brand. It is also simple to update and include new features and content at a later date.”

For more information, or to book a demonstration of the BMF Employee Engage App, contact [email protected].


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Grown in Britain refreshes its home-grown timber products index

Grown in Britain - the Campaign promoting products derived from UK woodlands and forests - has recently updated its index due to a strong increase in licence holders.

The new list - available here - is extremely useful for clients seeking to purchase assured UK timber and contains a wide range of products including furniture, woodfuel, flooring, charcoal and cladding.

"The buying public, retailers and the construction sector have whole-heartedly embraced Grown in Britain.  There’s a huge appetite within the sector to use more home-grown timber and support UK woods and forests. Access to products has historically been a barrier. Working together with the UK’s major contractors, retailers and our growing number of licence holders we’ve made huge headway and the publication of the list is another key milestone”, Grown in Britain CEO Dougal Driver commented.

“If we look at the construction sector alone, they are demanding an improvement in the availability of construction materials made from home-grown timber and they want to see Grown in Britain licensed material in as many projects as possible”, Mr Driver added.


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