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PEFC calls on Consumers to make a difference on tackling deforestation

"By opting for PEFC‐labelled products consumers can all make our own small yet important contribution to avoid deforestation and support responsible forest management”, highlighted Mr William Street Jr., Chairman of PEFC International, at the Forest Certification Leaders' summit held yesterday in London.

“At a time when the world’s governments, businesses and civil society leaders are focusing on developing global commitments to combat climate change, to be agreed at the Climate Summit in Paris in December this year, consumers can already participate in making a difference”, Mr Street added.

According to a recent PEFC survey, more than 2/3 of consumers globally think that opting for a labeled certified product, from sustainably managed forests, can have a positive impact on the environment.

During the London summit, the panels also discussed the importance of well-managed woodlands, underlining targets and achievements of PEFC's approach. "Since PEFC started some 15 years ago, as a small European NGO, our movement has rapidly expanded to a worldwide phenomenon and now more than 260 million hectares of forests worldwide are verified as being sustainably managed. To put this in scale, that is an area equivalent to the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden and Finland combined", explained Ben Gunneberg, CEO of PEFC International.

“Nowadays, we see tremendous interest in our work especially in Asia, where we have seen China, Indonesia and Malaysia obtaining PEFC recognition in the past few years. This has been acting as a catalyst to inspire other countries in the region, such as India, Japan, Nepal, Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam, to follow their example of promoting sustainable forest management and PEFC certification. We are about to make great strides in Africa in the Congo Basin were we expect to see the first certifications shortly,” Mr Gunneberg concluded.

Wood in Architecture Award 2015 last call for entries

The World Architecture News (WAN) Wood in Architecture Award 2015 is closing for entries on the 30th of June. 

The award aims to honour the most daring, innovative and visually buildings that highlight the unique qualities of timber. The winner will be announced at the UK Construction Week on 8 October 2015.

This year’s jury includes: Ann Marie Aguilar, Associate Director at Arup Associates; James Greaves, Partner at Hopkins Architects; Dmitri Jajich, Associate Director at Skidmore Owings & Merrill; and Mikko Viljakainen, Director of Puuinfo.

For further information about the WAN awards and details on how to join the competition, click here.

New £100m biomass terminal announced for the port of Liverpool

Graham Construction will build a new £100m biomass terminal in the Port of Liverpool.

The facility will process up to 3m tonnes of wood pellets a year, shipped from North America to Liverpool, to be used as biomass fuel in the newly-decarbonised Drax power station in North Yorkshire. 

The new terminal is expected to generate 300 jobs in construction and across the supply chain, becoming fully operational in July 2016. 

“This project builds on the experience we have gained from building similar facilities on the east coast of England", said Leo Martin, executive director at Graham. “We will be designing and building a state of the art plant which will employ industry-leading technologies to ensure that the facility can be safely operated and maintained”, he added.

New timber industry joins Napier University scholarship network

MiTek Industries Ltd, firm specialised in the development of software solutions for structural timber engineering, has joined Edinburgh Napier University scholarship programme.

The firm, based in Dudley, joins 11 other timber industry organisations which have pledged to continue their backing for the scheme linked to Edinburgh Napier University’s MSc courses in Timber Engineering.

The scholarship scheme was set up to address the UK’s lack of knowledge, potential and expertise in timber-related matters for civil and structural engineers and is gathering momentum as demand grows within the construction industry for specialist engineers who understand the ‘Timber Proposition’ well.

Launched two years ago, it offers prospective students £3,750 towards course costs and, in some cases, a one-off payment to help cover living costs.

PEFC UK launches new online certification tool for small woodland owners

PEFC UK has launched a new certification system designed to enable small and medium-sized woodland owners to participate in forest certification.

The new tool aims to provide a simple and cost-effective solution to assist the UK’s small and medium-sized private forest owners to become PEFC-certified. It will also help to increase the UK’s certified forest area and boost the supply of certified material to the UK primary processing sector and its customers.

The online system, developed in conjunction with Dutch consultant Evan Buytendijk BV, was announced at a special Press Lunch in central London. The event gathered major figures from PEFC International, including PEFC Chair, William Street, PEFC Secretary General Ben Gunneberg alongside Peter Latham, PEFC Director and Chairman of James Latham PLC, to discuss key issues about global forestry, construction, sustainability, paper and packaging industries.