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Indonesia invests in biomass energy setting 300,000 ha of plantations

Indonesia has announced a challeging target for increasing the share of renewable energy in total energy use to 19% by 2019 and 25% by 2025. At present the share of renewable energy stands at around 5% to 6%.

In this framework, as reported by Fordaq and The Jakarta Post, Indonesian government has adopted a policy on bio-fuel/diesel blending that implies 300,000 ha of plantations for biomass from 2015 to 2019.

Planting trees for biomass energy could contribute in reducing deforestation and restoring the economic, social and environmental function of forests. It could also lead to the restoration of ex-mining, abandoned lands.

Significantly, the deforestation rate on critical lands in Indonesia is estimated to be around 250,000-300,000 ha annually.

CITB research: Construction growth will create 232,000 jobs over next five years

According to the latest research from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), the UK construction sector will experience a dramatic growth over the next five years.

The annual average growth is expected to reach 2.5% in the period 2016-2020, mostly driven by infrastructure and private housing. That could lead to the creation of around 232,000 jobs.

The commercial construction sector will see a 3.4% increase per annum - CITB reports - while private housebuilding will also experience sustained growth across the forecast period, reaching £26bn output by 2020.

Wales will be the first in line with an annual growth rate of 7.1%, followed by the South West (4.4%), London (3.5%), and the North West (2.6%).

Steve Radley, Policy Director at the CITB commented: “All types of training, and especially apprenticeships, will be vital to delivering this pipeline of work. This positive forecast should inspire more people to start apprenticeships, and more firms to take them on.”

New PEFC video underlines why sustainable forest management matters

PEFC outreach video

PEFC has released a new video underlining the importance of sustainable forest management and the business benefits of using certified material.

Worldwide 1.6 billion of people rely on forests for their subsistence and 2 out of 3 land species live in woodlands.

Certification schemes like PEFC and FSC guarantee that forests and natural commu­nities are being preserved respecting the rights of indigenous peoples and stakeholders' interests.

Amazing IOM3 video explains wood grain properties

'jim and spencer explain: WOOD GRAIN'

Jim Coulson, member of the board of the Wood Technology Society, and his grandson Spencer are the protagonists of the new IOM3 (The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining) video.

Using an innovative and funny approach, Jim and Spencer explain properties and benefits of wood grain structure. 

International Timber plants 350 trees to celebrate Saint-Gobain anniversary

International Timber have decided to celebrate the 350th anniversary of its parent company Saint Gobain by planting 350 sapling trees across Britain.

The selected sites include schools, hospices and parks, like Falkirk Community Trust Callander Park or Juniper Urban Wildlife Centre. Fifty trees were also assigned to Wellacre Academy in Manchester, where students will be in charge for caring and studying the saplings.

“We thought the planting of 350 trees was a fitting tribute to Saint Gobain and a testament to the long history of the brand", said Kerry Wardle, International Timber Marketing Manager. "We hope our 350 trees will live to be 350 years old and provide a lasting tribute to be enjoyed by generations to come.”