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Wood Recyclers Association appoints new Executive Director

The Wood Recyclers Association (WRA) has recently appointed Julia Turner as its new Executive Director.

Julia joins the WRA from WRAP, the Waste and Resources Action Programme, where she has worked for 12 years in a variety of roles, more recently focusing on bringing in significant alternative funding streams and developing European partnerships in her roles as Senior Business Development Manager and Head of New Programmes. Previously she specialised in Energy from Waste and Wood as a Sector Advisor and Market Development Manager for the recycling industry.

Andy Hill, Chair of the WRA, said: “Julia brings a wealth of experience to the WRA from her time working at WRAP where she has facilitated the development of end markets for the wood sector, realised new funding opportunities and managed key stakeholder relationships.

“We are delighted she has joined us, especially at a time when the WRA is growing. Julia will play a key role in helping us to develop the Association going forward and in continuing our on-going work, including talking to the Environment Agency about its FPP guidance on behalf of our members.”


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Newborn EHIA seeks Timber Industry views on hardwood innovation and research

The European Hardwoods Innovation Alliance (EHIA) is seeking views on what innovation and research is needed for hardwoods in Europe.  

Respondents to the online questionnaire  - open until 13 October 2016 - can share their innovative ideas on a variety of themes that cover both forestry and wood-based value chains.

EHIA is promoted by InnovaWood and the European Forest Institute and aims to create a focused alliance dedicated to hardwood species as a complementary potential field for innovations.

The new organization will also coordinate research and educational projects and will create new qualified employment in smart rural regions within Europe. The initiative has been accepted already as a commitment under the European Innovation Partnership for Raw Materials (EIP RM – ID 669).

Further information about the EHIA is avaialble here.


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TTF questions WWF timber supply crunch scenario

The Timber Trade Federation (TTF) has released a note questioning the scenario of a future depletion of global tropical hardwood timber supplies in the next 30 years, as prospected by WWF in the report '100% Sustainable Timber Markets’ .

The WWF report - published in in July 2016 and downloadable here - warned that primary forest areas are being depleted at an alarming rate worldwide posing a direct threat to the viability of sawmills and other primary processors in the UK and other importing countries. The publication also addressed ways in which UK business could go about improving the future sustainability and security of timber supplies from exporter countries.

In its note, the TTF explains that the greatest share of the UK timber trade consists of softwood produced and imported from well managed and sustainable forest sources mainly from Scandinavia and Baltic countries. On the other hand, only 4.6% of UK timber imports are hardwood of which tropical hardwoods make up just a small percentage.

Nonetheless, the TTF recognises the need for increasing action on responsible timber sourcing as highlighted by TTF Head of Sustainability Mike Worrell: “The TTF has a continued priority to improve standards in responsible and sustainable sourcing policies across its membership. In line with this, we are working on a revised and improved version of our Due Diligence system, the Responsible Purchasing Policy (RPP). We have also recently been awarded a grant from the Department for International Development (DfID) to begin work on a project to promote better environmental and trade relations between UK importers and timber suppliers in China, Ghana and Cameroon. This very much falls in line with the suggestions of this WWF report and we look forward to our members leading the process through their engagement.”      

The TTF also notes that - with the EUTR now having been in place for the past 3 years and Indonesia scheduled to be the first country to issue FLEGT licenses in November - the issue of timber legality is set to represent a high priority for the UK and the EU.

"As more tropical timber exporting countries adopt FLEGT licensing and the EU maintains links with VPA countries, it is hoped that sustainable as well as legal forestry practises will become the norm. Ultimately, if tropical forests are not managed in a sustainable fashion, the global availability of tropical timber will collapse along with the business of their trade."

"Increased investment in sustainable forestry governance and management for timber production is one of the best ways to ensure the long term survival of tropical forests."


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European Paper Week | 22-24 November 2016 | Brussels, Belgium

The European Paper Week (EPW) 2016 will take place from 22 to 24 November 2016 Radisson Blu Royal hotel in Brussels, Belgium.

The event - organised by the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) - will be held in conjunction with the PPI awards taking place 21 November in Brussels.

More than 400 attendees interested in pulp and paper industry, from all over the world, are expected to attend the European Paper Week. 

"Our sector is navigating in stormy weather, facing a significantly challenging political and economic climate. However, it has a clear vision for 2050", CEPI explained. "Indeed, EPW will see the launch of a reviewed 2050 Roadmap, examining 80% decarbonisation with 50% added value, five years after the highly-popular first edition."

The EPW main session will be monitored by Financial Times chief foreign affairs commentator Gideon Rachman. This year’s event will also be the first for recently-appointed CEPI Director General, Sylvain Lhôte, at the helm of the association since the beginning of September. 

A detailed programme and registration information are available at

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FSC Friday 2016 ready to kick off worldwide | 30 September 2016

FSC Friday is fast approaching and hundreds of companies and organizations around the world have already joined the Campaign.

The event - scheduled for Friday 30 September 2016 - features a series of events around the world to celebrate and raise awareness of responsible forest management and the role that FSC plays in it.

FSC Certificate holders, members, partners and... common people can show their support for FSC Friday by joining the FSC Friday Thunderclap. Thunderclap supporters will automatically post the message “Help take care of forests. Choose FSC for responsibly-sourced products! #FSCFriday to their Facebook and/or Twitter profile(s) on FSC Friday.

Below a list events already in the FSC Friday Calendar:

  • Long-standing FSC Friday supporters, Snows Timber will organize an ad hoc event to help merchants promote certified timber 
  • St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School will be holding a public awareness raising event and running an FSC competition.
  • Border Oak and Construction are set to complete forest pledges and provide cakes as part of an internal awareness raising event
  • Llanvihangel Crucorney Primary School will be educating pupils about FSC
  • Good Wood Home Designs started celebrations early at the Cornwall Home & Lifestyle Show and will be following up with in-store promotions on the day

FSC UK is celebrating too through two events - a promotional stall at a local primary school - and a treasure hunt and talk in a FSC certified forest.

Last year, FSC Friday was celebrated by 31 countries across the world including the UK, where over 45 businesses, schools and groups took part by holding awareness raising events, ranging from dressing green and baking cakes to holding presentations and talks. 

To receive free materials and goodies for your event, or any specific information, email [email protected]. For some ideas and inspiration click here. A "celebration events map" is available here.

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