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New entry in PEFC UK Board from packaging sector

Anders Olsson, commercial director for the UK and Ireland and Strategic Account Lead with WestRock, has joined the Board of directors at PEFC UK.

Mr Olsson will put his 20 year’s industry experience in the global consumer packaging sector at the service of PEFC’s commitment to sustainable forest products.

Pior to WestRock, Mr Olsson worked as commercial director for the UK and Ireland with MeadWestvaco for over 3 years, joining them in 2012 from packaging beverage specialist, Tetra Pak, where he had held a variety of positions from 1997, most recently as marketing and key account director for Ireland.

“PEFC has long recognised the importance of having key stakeholder groups represented on its Governing Board. We are fortunate enough to be able to call upon the expertise of senior figures from a wide range of industry sectors and Ander’s appointment will ensure that the voice of the packaging sector is heard", PEFC UK’s Chairman Ross Bradshaw said to Packaging News.


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World Economic Forum issues new guidance to boost paper recycling

The World Economic Forum, in collaboration with a panel of organisations including the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI), the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the McKinsey Center for Business and Environment, has released a white paper with guidelines on design and management for paper products circularity.

The new publication - available online here - provides essential guidance through simple ecodesign rules for paper products, without limiting innovation and the introduction of new techniques. 

As highlighted by CEPI, although highly recyclable, paper is usually converted by industries that add chemicals to it through printing inks and other auxiliary materials. This can lead to problems in subsequent circular chains, as these chemicals cannot easily be removed from the paper before re-entering the mill. Furthermore, the already highly-optimised recycling process cannot follow the speed of the evolution of inks and toners.

The publication summarises the key choices to be made by direct (printers, papermakers, collectors) and indirect (such as local authorities, ink producers, equipment manufacturers) stakeholders to increase recycling. More specifically, it identifies the choices that can influence businesses ordering a fibre-based product - printed paper, packaging or other.

“We trust helping circular thinking in all steps of the complex value chain will help reach higher in what is already a high recycling performance”, said CEPI Sustainability Director Jori Ringman.“In circular economy, your downstream is your upstream and what you pass on into the loop will have an impact on your own business.”

“Businesses will have many priorities topping their agendas, such as meeting customer requirements, creating functionalities that meet both the purpose and profitability, and respecting environmental considerations. This document is meant to make decision-making in companies easier when balancing these priorities", Mr Ringman added.


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Wood for Good delivers new package of workshops on timber in construction

Wood for Good, in partnership with the Forestry Commission and Exova (previously BM TRADA) has launched a new set of CPD seminars to be held throughout 2016.

The workshops will explore the role of timber in construction as well as modern methods for using wood as a building material. The sessions will analyse how new developments in engineered wood products can provide larger, stronger and stiffer components. 

In addition, the seminars will update delegates on the different wood species and timber products available in the UK and demonstrate what can be constructed with them through example case studies.

Speakers will showcase a series of timber products and decay agents to highlight the different performance of wood in a range of building types.

The next workshop will take place on 14 April 2016 at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford.

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UN International Day of Forests | 21 March 2016

Monday 21 March is the United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Forests, an event aimed to promote the importance of forests and trees worldwide.

According to Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), forested watersheds and wetlands supply 75 percent of the world’s accessible freshwater, while about one-third of the world’s largest cities obtain a significant proportion of their drinking water directly from forested protected areas. Roughly 1.6 billion people, including more than 2000 indigenous cultures, depend on forests for their livelihood

To celebrate the International Day of Forests 2016, the UN is promoting several events all over the world and is spreading its message via social media channels. 

Instruments vary from a promotion video - available here - to a forest quiz – How much do you know about forests and water? Anyone interested can also join the conversation on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the #IntForestDay hashtag or share the event logo, banner and posters (available in 11 languages).


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Barratt Homes plans to expand timber frame houses offer

Barratt Homes, one of Britain’s leading house builders, is seeking to increase efficiency of housing delivery through greater use of timber frame.

In the announcement of half-yearly results for the six months ended 31st December 2015, Chief Executive David Thomas said: “Whilst we have seen an increase in the supply of skilled subcontractors over the past year, there remains an industry shortage in the UK, with increases in labour costs remaining the largest driver of overall build cost inflation. We are well placed with the necessary labour to meet our operational and quality requirements. We are also seeking to increase efficiency through the use of timber frame on around 6% of our plots during FY16 and through the use of alternative off-site manufacturing options, including closed panel roof solutions.”

For more information click here [see page 6 of the financial results].


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