Industry News

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.

Consultation on EUTR open until 3 July 2015

Stakeholders can express their opinion on the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) until the 3rd of July. 

The consultation, open to Member States authorities, Non-governmental Organisations, Private Organisations, Industry Associations, SMEs, Consultancies, Operators and Traders, Monitoring Organisations and Citizens, aims to assess the functioning of the EUTR and its effectiveness in keeping illegally harvested timber or timber products out of the EU market.

The outcome will be taken in account by the European Commission to review the current EU regulation on timber products next December.

To join the consultation click here.

Grown in Britain campaign for homegrown wood gets Innovate UK support

A Grown in Britain campaign has received financial support from the UK's innovation agency, Innovate UK, to study how hardwood supply chain in the UK can be improved. 

The 12 months project will start in in October 2015, aiming to grow the market for hardwood timber coming from UK woodlands. 

That is a challenging target since, currently, more than 80% of all of the timber and timber products used in the UK are imported.

"There are more than 30 million tonnes of timber in unmanaged woodlands throughout the UK which the project will begin to unlock", explained Dougal Driver, Grown in Britain chief executive. "With the UK relying on high levels of imported timber, this campaign is vital to break down barriers within the supply chain for home-grown hardwood, making it much more accessible and readily available.”

For more details visit Edie.net website.

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