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Confederation of Timber Industries launch - Highlights


The new and inclusive Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) launched to an enthusiastic audience at the Building Centre in London on 10 June 2015. CTI will act as an umbrella organisation, representing the Timber supply chain from Forest to end of life recycling and energy recovery. You can find a visual recap of the event - including photos, tweets and recordings - here.

Dave Heeley to speak at BMF Members’ Day

Dave Heeley, an inspirational, fundraising adventurer has been confirmed as the latest speaker for the Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF) Members’ Day on 16-17 September 2015. 

"Blind Dave", as he is known to his friends, is the first and only blind man to complete three separate incredible physical challenges. Among these the Marathon de Sables, a six-day, 156 mile ultra-marathon in the Sahara Desert.

Significantly, 2015 Members' Day theme is "People, Purpose & Passion" and Dave is the perfect speaker to talk about the importance of teamwork, the power of trusting in your team, and effective communication and how to use it.

Find out more on BMF website.

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.

New waste wood energy plant will light 49,000 homes in Yorkshire

Barnsley metropolitan borough council gave planning permission to build a £65 million waste wood gasification plant on a former coal mine. The future Renewable Energy Centre, managed by Peel Environmental, will be capable of processing 150,000 tonnes of waste wood each year and will generate enough energy to power ca49,000 homes in Yorkshire.

Peel Environment said that "the development would provide up to 25 jobs during operation and 200 jobs during the construction phase". Find out more on

European Paper Recycling Awards 2015

The call for candidates for the 5th edition of the European Paper Recycling Awards will stay open until 26 June 2015. The Award, organised by the European Recovered Paper Council (ERPC), "recognise efforts in innovative projects that enhance paper recycling in Europe, hoping to inspire others to copy good practices". 

All entities based in Europe, including schools and universities, NGOs, national and regional authorities, companies and associations, can participate.

For more information click here.