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Republic of Congo joins PEFC as a national member

The Republic of Congo has joined the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) as a national member.

Since 2011, PEFC has been engaged in a number of initiatives to promote uptake of forest certification in Africa, with a particular focus on Central Africa.

Working under the common name PAFC – Pan-African Forest Certification, there are now three PEFC members in the region: PAFC Cameroon, PAFC Congo and PAFC Gabon.

“The forests in the Congo Basin are home to more than 10,000 species. They provide food, water and shelter to more than 75 million people, and are of significant economic importance,” commented Ben Gunneberg, CEO of PEFC International.

“With PAFC-Congo becoming a member of PEFC and their work on developing a national forest certification system, we are taking a huge step towards safeguarding the benefits the forests in the region provide. We are thrilled to welcome PAFC-Congo into the PEFC alliance.”

“We have been working in the Congo Basin for several years, and the addition of the Republic of Congo marks an important move forward for the development of certification in the basin,” Mr. Gunneberg concluded.

Mr. Brice Séverin Pongui, Chairman of PAFC-Congo, added: “There have been strong evolutions in the way forests are managed in the Republic of Congo, but certification is struggling to develop and become widespread.”

“PAFC is set to help promote sustainable forest management, making it more accessible and inclusive, thanks to its development respecting the local context.”

“With its careful balance of the environmental, social and economic benefits forests provide to the local forest owners and communities as well as society at large, we are convinced that PEFC certification is the right choice for our country.”

Further info can be found here.

 

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Wood Window Alliance takes on the challenge of 'timber lookalike' PVC-u windows

The Wood Window Alliance (WWA) has recently launched an informative campaign to warn against the use of PVC-u 'timber-lookalike' windows.

"These products flatter timber windows by mimicking their construction, detailing and finish," the Wood Window Alliance underlines. "Moreover, many of the claims made for these windows on the internet and in marketing materials are misleading, although they are presented as 'facts'."

In this context, the WWA has produced a series of infographics and fact sheets to dispel some myths surrounding "plastic promises from the PVC-u industry"

The Campaign includes an analysis of the performance of PVCu vs wood windows in relation to environmental impact, fire resistance, toxic legacy, maintenance and durability.

"The Wood Window Alliance has done considerable work over the past few years to ensure we make our claims consistent, clear and honest," said WWA Chairman Tony Pell. "Having reviewed the available data and latest research, we have decided to challenge the worst of these misleading so-called ‘facts’. Following this, you will find a list of ‘fake facts’ and misleading statements that are being presented by individual companies, and even the industry body of the PVC-u industry, as true."

"Whilst PVCu frames might seem cheaper, wood frames are the better investment for long-term value, even taking maintenance into account, because of their longer life and low impact on the environment".

The Wood Window Alliance is a group of over 20 leading names in the UK wood window market. Launched in 2007, it aims to raise standards and promote the benefits of modern wood and aluminium-clad wood windows and doors. 

Find out more here.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/wood-windows-alliance-takes-challenge-timber-lookalike-pvc-u-windows]

Forest Enterprise England stats show substantial increase in timber incomes

Forest Enterprise England - the independent executive agency sponsored by the Forestry Commission to manage the nation’s forest estate - has released its production statistics from the 2016/2017 harvesting programme.

The data - summarised in the infographics here and contained in the Organisation's annual report - show standing sales vs direct production and the markets for the direct production.

Simon Hodgson, Forest Enterprise Chief Executive commented: “This has been our best year ever for timber income raising £38.9 million and meeting our published commitment by despatching 1.428 million cubic metres overbark standing. This is a credit to our marketing and sales team and the Forest Districts."

“We have had two significant boosts this year: modernising our e-sales system; and a very successful hardwood timber auction that saw record prices paid for our high quality sawlogs. The increased income was also undoubtedly supported by the lower value of sterling.

“Although the first updated e-sales went well, our July e-sales did suffer from a technical glitch and I apologise to our customers for any inconvenience this may have caused."

“Offering a high standard, professional service to our timber customers and achieving the best price for our product remain key to improving our bottom line.”

Forest Enterprise England has also launched an online survey - available here - to gather feedback from its timber customers on the service provided. 

The online consultation is anonymous and will remain open until Thursday 31st August. Participants who wish to leave their email address could win a £50 Amazon voucher.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/forestry-enterprise-england-stats-show-substantial-increase-timber-incomes]

UK Packaging recycling targets: 94% of required wood recycled so far

According to the latest figures published on the National Packaging Waste Database (NPWD), the UK is on course to reach 2017 recycling targets for packaging materials.

Significantly, 94 per cent of the required wood (213,578 tonnes) has already been recycled so far this year.

Other products derived from wood and fiber such as paper and cardboard scored well too. Q1 and Q2 summed results show that some 1.8 million tonnes of paper have been recycled, fulfilling around 73 per cent of the required 2.5 million tonnes.

Regarding other packaging materials, glass (52 per cent) and plastic (54 per cent) have made the least progress towards the targets.

As reported by Letsrecycle.com, "in particular, the performance of paper and plastic have been under the spotlight, due to reported difficulties in exporting some mixed grades due to a crackdown on material quality in China."

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/uk-packaging-recycling-targets-94-required-wood-recycled-so-far]

BWF launches new weather testing guidance for windows

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has launched a new guide for window and door manufacturers explaining weather testing requirements and providing advice to help joineries to get their products tested.

The publication covers the relevant standards for weather tightness, how to determine what performance level is required as well as what needs to be considered before testing takes place. Weather performance testing is a means of assessing a product's ability to achieve specific requirements as set out in British Standards and/or European Standards. Windows and doors can be tested for Air Permeability, Watertightness and Resistance to Wind Load.

BWF produces a wide range of publications to support members and the joinery industry. On the BWF website, members can find a wealth of information, including the popular Machine Safety Cards, Heritage & Conservation Joinery Factsheets, and a range of employment guides all supported by the BWF member helplines.

The documents can be downloaded from www.bwf.org.uk/publications.

For more information, contact bwf@bwf.org.uk

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/bwf-launches-new-weather-testing-guidance-windows]

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