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Forestry Commission Scotland issues 'Sustainable Construction Timber' report

The Forestry Commission Scotland has published a new report - 'Sustainable Construction Timber' - by Ivor Davies.

The report - available here - explains why local sourcing of timber is important, reviews the range of timber species and products currently obtainable in the UK and explores the ways in which local sourcing can be achieved within a construction project.

'Sustainable construction timber' has been written to help designers and contractors wanting to source and specify UK grown timber products, people considering using their own timber on a construction project and those involved in building refurbishment or conservation.

"Timber is a versatile and high performance construction material. Timber is also renewable. This means that – uniquely among mainstream construction materials – it can be produced in most parts of the UK", writes the author Ivor Davies.

 

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PEFC International publishes its Annual Review 2015

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) has released its 2015 Annual Review ‘Seeing the Bigger Picture’.

The report - downloadable here - contains a summary of the most relevant activities developed by PEFC throughout 2015 along with interesting figures and facts.

In details, the Annual Review shows that: - At the end of 2015 272 million hectares of forests worldwide were PEFC certified; - North America and Asia achieved the biggest increase in PEFC-certified forest area, growing by over 7 million and 6 million hectares; - China alone gained 5.6 million certified hectares; - 750,000 forest owners were PEFC-certified; - France, Germany and the UK were the top countries in terms of Chain of Custody certificates issued; - Over 17,700 companies in the world benefited from PEFC's Chain of Custody certification; - 20 countries were developing a PEFC system or preparing to apply for endorsement.

“For me, the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the 193 countries of the UN General Assembly was one of the most remarkable achievements of 2015, next to the Paris Agreement,” said Ben Gunneberg, CEO of PEFC International, commenting on one of the key events of last year.

“The SDGs capture the most pressing issues of our times, the most challenging targets towards a sustainable future, in 17 aspirational, easy to communicate goals,” Mr. Gunneberg continued.

"For us at PEFC, the SDGs help us to better communicate the holistic nature of our work. They recognize the positive contributions of forests rather than treating them merely as a threatened natural resource that requires conservation."

 

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New Green Building’s LEED Credit promotes sustainable forestry, PEFC claims

As reported by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), the range of responsibly-sourced timber and forest products eligible for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) has been expanded.

Indeed, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has recently issued an Alternative Compliance Path (ACP) that rewards building projects using wood products from certified sources such as PEFC’s.

The ACP will apply to all LEED v4 rating systems including Homes v4 and to all LEED 2009 rating systems.

With LEED now including PEFC-certified timber, construction projects can in the future obtain both LEED and PEFC Project Chain of Custody certification. This will substantially help the Green Building movement - from architects and builders to specifiers and planners - develop innovative and environmentally friendly design.

Using timber from certified sources helps achieve Excellent and Outstanding BREEAM ratings and helps meet Passivhaus performance levels. It also plays a pivotal role in satisfying the requirements of Part L and Part E of the Building Regulations. 

“Sustainable, PEFC-certified timber provides architects and the construction industry with great opportunities,” said Ben Gunneberg, CEO of PEFC International. “The possibilities are rather exciting in helping to address challenges such as climate change, growing populations and urbanisation, especially as wood offers innovative building solutions with a minimal environmental footprint.”

“The construction industry is one of the largest buyers of timber products – this means the sector is very influential in determining which type of timber is in demand,” added Mr Gunneberg. “With PEFC-certified timber offering the widest choice of sustainable timber available to architects, specifiers and designers, we are poised to see an increase of wood used in construction globally.”

Find out more here.

Read the LEED factsheet here.

 

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European Paper Industry keeps reducing its carbon emissions, CEPI claims

The Confederation of Paper Industries (CEPI) has announced that carbon emissions across the European pulp and paper industry in 2015 fell by at least 1% compared to 2014.

The figures, based on the Verified Emissions and Compliance Data, also show a 27% reduction in absolute emissions throughout the decade 2005-2015.

According to CEPI, last year production levels remained substantially the same, while emission reductions were primarily driven by market consolidation, investments in bioenergy, and the push from international competition to improve efficiency in production processes.

"With energy being the second main component in the cost structure, reducing energy-related costs, such as CO2 emissions, is a priority to secure an internationally-competitive position", CEPI underlines.

"We have been early-movers in low-carbon investments and have further plans to grow our business in Europe, building synergies with Circular Economy as well as the Bioeconomy”, says Jori Ringman, CEPI Acting Director General.

“The EU ETS should support such efforts which are completely in line with its overarching scope of transforming the industries. Therefore the EU ETS should continue to improve the predictability of the regulatory framework, by promoting and rewarding investments in low-carbon technologies”, Mr Ringman adds.

The European Paper Industry currently receives 1.4% of the total allocations for manufacturing sectors, while employing over 6% of the manufacturing industries’ workforce and being responsible for over 5% share of investments in Europe.

The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) is a Brussels-based non-profit organisation regrouping the European pulp and paper industry and championing industry’s achievements and the benefits of its products. Through its 18 member countries (17 European Union members plus Norway) CEPI represents some 505 pulp, paper and board producing companies across Europe, ranging from small and medium sized companies to multi-nationals, and 920 paper mills. Together they represent 23% of world production.

 

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PEFC - FSC: new guide explains differences and similarities

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), has recently published a new brochure, ‘Promoting Sustainable Forest Management around the World: PEFC & FSC’, which aims to answer some of the most  frequently asked questions about the differences and similarities between PEFC’s sustainable forest management certification system, and The Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC™) programme.

The new publication - available online here - explains the origins of both certification systems, how they came into being, and also helps to clearly explain each of the standards and their definitions.

At the same time the brochure also represents a useful resource tool for certified companies. Both global sustainable forest management certification systems share the same goals of ensuring that forests are managed in line with challenging environmental, social and economic requirements – balancing people, planet and profit.

Worldwide more than 260 million hectares of forests are PEFC certified. The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification supplies more than 16,000 Chain of Custody certified companies with responsibly sourced timber and wood products, such as those used in producing fibre-based paper products such as packaging.

Regarding FSC, in March 2016 the organisation reached the milestone of 30,000 certificates supplied across the timber supply chain. All over the world, around 50,000 independent companies and organizations are estimated to buy, manufacture, trade or sell FSC-certified material and products.

View other reports and guides on CTI Publication section.

 

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