Industry News

BSW Timber Group achieves Grown in Britain license

Grown in Britain has granted its licence to BSW Timber Group. By achieving their Grown in Britain licence, it will allow BSW Timber group to use the Grown in Britain trademark which can now be applied to nearly 1 million tonnes of timber from the company. 

The certification scheme promotes the timber supply chain integrity assuring that the wood has been grown in the UK in accordance with the UK Government Timber Procurement Policy. It covers all types of wood – soft and hard – just as long as it was grown in the UK.

Commenting on BSW Timber’s commitment to sourcing locally supplied timber, Grown in Britain chief executive, Dougal Driver, said: “The leadership shown by BSW to secure a Grown in Britain licence is fantastic news for the homegrown sector and gives us a terrific boost as we aim to create a sustainable future for our wonderful woods and forests. Buyers can now look for the Grown in Britain logo in depots and stores and back British business and enhance our woods and forests at the same time.”

Wood for Good commended for its Build with Carbon campaign

Wood for Good, the timber industry sustainability and communications campaign, received the “Highly Commended” certificate at the 2degrees Champions Awards 2015 for its "Build with Carbon: Don’t Emit It!" campaign.

Judges of the awards, which recognise the individuals and companies driving sustainable business, highlighted the campaign as one of the most impressive entries in its external communications category.

The campaign, developed in partnership with Carbon Visuals, aimed to promote the use of timber-frame construction in the delivery of new homes. It was centred on a series of three videos designed to visualise the size of one tonne of carbon dioxide at normal atmospheric pressure, and to illustrate how this CO2 is captured by trees and stored in timber products.

The videos explained the benefits of using timber-framed methods in helping the UK meet its housing and climate change goals by showing that the UK could capture and store nearly 4 million tonnes of CO2 annually in new-build alone if 200,000 new homes were built every year using these methods.

“We’re very grateful to the 2degrees community of sustainability professionals for voting for our campaign. It is good to see the timber industry gain recognition and be ranked alongside other mainstream industry activity. We’re clearly having an impact.”, said David Hopkins, executive director at Wood for Good.

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.

Microalgae and waste biomass, here the future asphalt

An environmentally friendly asphalt, made of microalgae and waste biomass, including wood and sewage, could replace the common bitumen used on our roads.

In a statement to the Guardian, Bruno Bujoli, director of research at CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) at the University of Nantes, said: "The chemical composition of the microalgae bioasphalt differs from petroleum-derived asphalt, but initial tests have concluded that it also bears similar viscous properties and can bind aggregates together efficiently, as well as being able to cope with loads such as vehicles". How does it work? Find out more here.