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Grown In Britain launches '‘Old Chestnuts’ e-postcards to dispel British timber myths

Grown in Britain has launched a series of ‘Old Chestnuts’: electronic postcards designed to show that British-grown timber is a modern material. They are also intended to dispel old myths on issues such as quality and availability, which have long been outpaced by investment in production at UK mills. Launched during Grown in Britain Week (9-15 October 2017), the e-cards are available at www.growninbritain.org.

“Hearsay of the past about British timber and its suitability for various uses now needs to be laid firmly to rest,” said Grown In Britain CEO Dougal Driver. “With materials ranging from British-grown Glulam to thermally-modified cladding and laminated and finger jointed sections, UK timber is now being used for innovative projects and products of all kinds. Add to this the integral social value and the present favourable pricing situation, and British timber is certainly delivering for companies throughout the wood supply chain.”

Mr Driver added: “Our thanks goes to all the timber-specialist architects who, along with our licence-holders and other industry colleagues, are lending us amazing pictures of their output to make these visually engaging and thought-provoking e-cards.”

The Old Chestnuts series can also be seen weekly on Twitter: @GrowninBritain.

 

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CTI Joint Stand at Timber Expo 2017: Promoting a collaborative approach across the Timber Industry - Highlights

CTI Joint Stand at Timber Expo 2017 - MEDIA RECAP


From 10 to 12 October 2017, the CTI stand T445 and the adjacent Timber Restaurant at Timber Expo hosted a wide series of workshops and meetings organised under the aegis of the Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI). You can find a visual recap of the event - including photos, slides and recordings - here.

FAO Meeting: Sustainable Wood for a Sustainable World | 31 October - 1 November | Rome, Italy

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in conjunction with its Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries (ACSFI) and its partners, is organizing the Global Meeting ‘Sustainable Wood for a Sustainable World’ (SW4SW), to take place at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy from 31 October to 1 November 2017.

Partner organizations include the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade (FAST), the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), the World Bank (WB) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Participants will discuss the societal benefits from sustainable wood value chains and the challenges that hamper the realization of their full contribution to sustainable development. Focus will be given to the business model of sustainable wood production, with an emphasis on the linkages between sustainable forest management, value chains, livelihoods, investments and financing mechanisms.

FAO aims to engage state and non-state actors in a global debate on strategies and actions to raise awareness, trigger policies and increase investments to strengthen sustainable wood production and consumption. One expected outcome from the event is a set of agreed-upon conclusions to feed into other policy dialogues. This will help to ensure the full realization of socio-economic and environmental benefits of sustainable wood and its contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Download the meeting agenda here.

To register for the event SW4SW, click here.

 

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FSC launches Vancouver Declaration to boost responsible forest management worldwide

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has launched an ambitious new initiative to increase the use of materials from responsibly managed forests. The Vancouver Declaration allows businesses which use these natural products to pledge their commitment to increase responsible sourcing.

Global companies like IKEA, H&M, SIG, Marks and Spencer, Jysk, Mitsubishi Paper Mills or Fuji Xerox have pledged support to the initiative. The aim is to get more businesses across the entire supply chain on board.

Kim Carstensen, Director General of FSC, said: "It's fantastic to see so many great businesses supporting this declaration. Our forests are a wonderful yet delicate natural resource, and a lot of people's lives depend of their sustainable and responsible use. By committing to using FSC-certified wood and forest products, our partners are helping to protect our forests – and the planet – for future generations."

Mikhail Tarasov, Global Forestry Manager at IKEA, commented: "IKEA is committed to only use wood from more sustainable sources (currently FSC certified and recycled) by 2020 and promote sustainable forest management beyond our own needs to make it an industry norm. This is what we call 'forest positive.' So it was natural for us to support the Vancouver Declaration. We're proud to be part of this global initiative."

The Vancouver Declaration is part of FSC's wider ambition to help businesses meet the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, as Samuel Sigrist, SIG explained: "It has been a great honour for me to present the Vancouver Declaration at FSC's 2017 General Assembly. We believe that this initiative, with its commitment to FSC certification, is a key tool in achieving parts of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. We are the first in our industry to be able to display the FSC label on 100% of our packs. This is a major milestone for SIG on its journey to become a 'net positive' business, helping to create more natural resources than we use."

For more info, click here.

 

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The Confederation of Timber Industries gets some extra protection with WPA

The Confederation of the Timber Industries (CTI) Board met and approved an application to join from the Wood Protection Association (WPA).

The paperwork was signed on the CTI stand at Timber Expo amidst a busy agenda of launches and talks for the organisation at UK Construction Week. It marks another important step in the growth of the Confederation and representation for the timber industry supply chain. 

Roy Wakeman OBE, Chairman of the CTI stated: “This is another critical step in ensuring that the timber supply chain effectively unites to provide a common voice and a platform to support collaboration.”

“As we look forward to developing our Industrial Strategy we need to be mindful of every stage in our process, improving productivity and innovating our products to ensure they maintain the highest possible performance, health and sustainability credentials.  It is great to have the WPA with all the expertise they bring in timber treatment and protection to this forum”.

Steve Young, Director of the Wood Protection Association, said: “We have been watching the CTI going from strength to strength and feel like now is the time to get involved.”

“We have an exciting new programme of work focussing on supply chain education and materials health matters, much of it inspired by our already close working relationship with colleagues from the TTF and BWF, it seems a natural fit now to progress this and support the wider work through the CTI.”

 

Notes

The Wood Protection Association is a technical and advisory organisation dedicated to improving the performance and value of wood as a sustainable construction material.  The WPA operates the ‘WPA Benchmark’ third-party quality schemes which verify wood and wood-based panel products are treated correctly by an industrial process to deliver the durability performance required under British Standards.

In the picture, you can see CTI Board Members at Timber Expo. In the middle, CTI Chairman Roy Wakeman OBE and WPA Technical Director Gordon Ewbank.

 

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