CTI News & Events

Environment Minister to “make sure the whole body of European environmental law continues to have effect” after Brexit

The Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) has welcomed a pledge from Environment Minister Dr Thérèse Coffey MP to “make sure the whole body of European environmental law continues to have effect” after Brexit.

The Environment Minister made the commitment at the Timber Industries’ Parliamentary Reception, which took place in the House of Commons last week. The CTI has led the campaign to ensure that EU timber regulations, which have enabled the British timber industry to thrive in recent years, are incorporated into domestic law after the UK leaves the European Union in 2019.

The CTI and its members have been proud to support the Government in its implementation of the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) and the EU’s Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) initiative. These EU regulations prohibit the selling of illegally logged timber in the EU, including within the UK. This legislation has helped the British industry to grow and to be a world leader in the sustainable trade of timber.

Speaking at the CTI reception, Environment Minister Dr Thérèse Coffey MP said: “When we leave the EU, the Withdrawal Bill will make sure the whole body of European environmental law continues to have effect in UK law.

“This means bringing into UK law two regulations that the UK timber sector played a great role in shaping: the European Union Timber Regulation and the Forest Law Environment Governance and Trade Regulation. I want to thank your industry for your continued commitment to a responsible and sustainable trade in timber.”

Responding to her comments, David Hopkins, Director of the CTI said: “I welcome the Minister’s assurance that the Government will ensure that both the EUTR and FLEGT will continue to operate in the UK after Brexit. The timber industries have worked closely with the Government to lead the development of these EU regulations, which have enabled the UK to become a global champion for responsibly-sourced timber.

“Incorporating the principles underpinning the EUTR and FLEGT into domestic law will enable the UK timber industries to continue to flourish.”

The Parliamentary Reception also represented an excellent opportunity for UK Timber Industry stakeholders and MPs from all sides to gather and engage in a productive debate about the future of the Sector.

On that note, CTI Chairman Roy Wakeman OBE said: “The attendance at the CTI Parliamentary Reception was outstanding for a cold wintery night and there was no doubt about its worth to all that were there.”

“Our commitment to interact with many different MPs of all persuasions was accomplished and we were grateful for all the additional support that the Industry attendance gave us. It was truly a night of Trust all round and a positive thrust forward for our mission.”

The complete speech by Environment Minister Dr Thérèse Coffey MP can be found here.

View the photo gallery of the event here.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/environment-minister-%E2%80%9Cmake-sure-whole-body-european-environmental-law-continues-have-effect%E2%80%9D]

CTI and Timber Industries APPG to host Parliamentary Reception on 7th February 2018

The Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) and the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Timber Industries will be holding the first Timber Industries Parliamentary Reception of 2018 at the Palace of Westminster on Wednesday 7th February.

This year’s reception will be hosted by Ian Paisley MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Timber Industries, while the guest speaker will be Dr Thérèse Coffey MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Environment. 

Representatives from across the UK’s timber industries will be also be attending, and the event will be an opportunity to learn more about the contribution which the timber industries make to the UK economy. 

For more information and reservation, please contact us at [email protected]

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/first-timber-industries-parliamentary-reception-2018-be-held-7th-february]

CTI responds to Government's Clean Growth Strategy remarking the contribution of Timber Industry to low-carbon economy

The Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) has recently produced a brief response to the Clean Growth Strategy policy paper released by the UK Government last Autumn.

The CTI's response highlights the benefits that the UK Timber Industry can bring to a new, long-lasting, low-carbon economy model.

In fact, Timber has an established supply chain with huge potential for rapid growth, helping the UK meet employment, economic and housing targets, whilst also delivering against low-carbon and climate change objectives:

  • Timber is one of the safest and cheapest forms of carbon capture and storage available
  • The UK timber industry employs 150,000 people in the manufacturing and supply chain and an additional 200,000 UK construction jobs (and a third of construction apprenticeships) are in wood related trades
  • The forestry and timber industry is a key part of our environmental and industrial heritage and a vital part of our low-carbon future
  • Timber products have the lowest embodied carbon of any mainstream building material
  • Timber product manufacturing has significant potential to reduce the Emissions Intensity Ratio (EIR)

The response - freely downloadable here - is structured in 6 key areas providing useful data and insights on relevant themes such as timber in costruction, forestry, carbon storage, production processes and so on.

For any comments or suggestions, please send an email to [email protected]

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/cti-responds-governments-clean-growth-strategy-remarking-contribution-timber-industry-low]

CTI releases its Winter 2017-18 Newsletter

The Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) has released its Newsletter for Winter 2017-18.

This interactive e-news collection - downloadable here - features some of the most recent activities and initiatives undertaken by the CTI along with news from the entire UK Timber Supply Chain.

In this edition we have focused on four key-themes (Politics, Skills & Education, Housing and Sustainability) giving voice to four different Timber Industry leaders. 

You will also find articles on:

- Relaunch of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Timber Industries

- DEFRA recognises benefits of building homes with timber

- CTI urges Government to restore confidence in the market and boost investments

- Upcoming major Construction and Architecture events 

.... and much more!

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/cti-releases-its-winter-2017-18-newsletter]

Autumn Budget: CTI urges Government to invest more in Infrastructure, Housing and Education

In its pre-Budget letter to the Chancellor Philip Hammond, the Confederation of Timber Industries outlines a set of measures that can contribute unlocking the potentialities of the Timber Sector and help the UK move towards a dynamic and low carbon economy. 

Roy Wakeman OBE, CTI Chairman, urges the Government to invest more in Education & Training, Logistic infrastructure and Housing to facilitate growth in production, trade and use of sustainable timber in construction and furniture.

"We have already seen in the past that a thriving Timber Industry creates a cascading beneficial effect on key-sectors such as construction, manufacturing and merchanting. For this reason, it's essential that the Government recognises our Industry as a vital part of the UK Economy and does whatever it takes to restore confidence in the market and boost investments."​

 

Timber Industry Budget Submission Autumn 2017

The timber industry forms a £9 billion supply chain in the UK, supporting some 150,000 skilled jobs across the country. In recent years we have seen steady and regular growth in UK timber production, timber imports and increased investment in downstream joinery and manufacturing businesses, supporting construction and RM&I work throughout the UK.

However, the recent depreciation of Sterling following the Brexit vote, along with the associated slowdown in the economy and erosion of consumer confidence is forecast to negatively affect this growth during the coming year.

Already, our forecasts for softwood imports in 2018 show growth of just 0.5% in volume against 2017. This is sharp drop from the 3.7% increase in growth from 2016 to 2017. Our forecasts have been shown to be accurate to within 1% margin over the past five years.

This is not simply a matter of lower imports which can then be taken up by UK production. The difference in grade, volume and quality of imported and home-grown timber means that our downstream joinery and manufacturing sectors – covering trussed rafters, staircases, windows, floors and other essential items - are largely dependent on imported produce.

These downstream sectors have seen increased investment over the past few years, putting on extra shifts, employing more skilled workers. Indeed, the offsite timber-frame construction sector has seen record growth, particularly in innovative housing solutions. Current output stands at just over 50,000 units per year. This could easily double to more than 100,000 units per year if the right long-term conditions are in place, and businesses are keen to invest and expand further.

The loss of confidence in the wider economy is putting that investment on hold.

However, there are a number of measures we believe would help unlock this growth:

  • Government should provide a clear focus on ensuring suitable investment in ports and logistics infrastructure to clear customs bottlenecks and alleviate concerns that the bureaucracy will grind industry to a halt and restrict the import of crucial materials. The potential slowdown in deliveries adds cost and time to an otherwise lean supply chain. 
  • Government must ensure support is there for local authorities to make much needed investments and improvements in their housing stock.  Activity in public housing RM&I sector fell 21.7% between July 2010 and July 2017 and is expected to fall again next year.
  • Skills are vital to productivity. Government must maintain a careful eye on its Apprentice funding reforms and support for Further Education. Inadequate careers advice for school pupils and a failure to invest in vocational subjects at schools mean our woodworking and wider construction industries are experiencing a shortfall in new home-grown personnel. Campaigns such as ‘Wow I Made That’, designed by industry and being rolled out in schools, highlight what a vibrant and creative sector this is to work in, but Government should offer businesses tax breaks that incentivise the recruitment of young people.
  • The timber industry is poised to unlock housing and deliver a sustainable and world-class construction sector. We regularly host teams of visiting architects touring the timber architecture we have designed and built in the UK. To continue this, the Government should recognise the innovation that has been driven through the low-carbon agenda, and ensure that all building projects consider their whole-life carbon impacts. Fundamentally, the Government needs to put direct investment into a sustained long-term house building program that gives companies the confidence they need to invest in capacity.

We hope that you find these points useful. We recognise this is a trying time for the Government itself and the economy as a whole. The timber industry would like to support you in providing solutions to these problems wherever possible.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/autumn-budget-cti-urges-government-invest-more-infrastructures-housing-and-education]

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