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March 2020

Indonesia risks timber trade with EU after scrapping license rules

31-03-2020
Certification, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Environment, Forests, Global Trade, Illegal Logging, Illegal Timber Trade, Illegal Trade, Logging, Sustainability, Sustainable Forest Management, Timber, Timber Laws, Tropical Forests

By Hans Nicholas Jong, Mongabay News The European Union says a move by Indonesia to no longer require that wood exports be verified as coming from legal sources threatens the timber trade between the two sides. The EU has since 2016 put its trust in Indonesia’s timber certification scheme, the SVLK, to ensure that the wood it imports …

Engineers build adhesive-free 100% timber building at Ness Gardens

31-03-2020
Engineers, University of Liverpool, industrial partners, designed, build, adhesive-free timber, office building, Ness Gardens

Engineers at the University of Liverpool, alongside industrial partners, have designed and built an adhesive-free timber office building at Ness Gardens in order to evaluate a more environmentally-friendly construction method. Official opening of the adhesive free timber office building at Ness Gardens The key idea behind the new `green’ …

Komatsu Forest temporarily shuts down production of forest machinery

31-03-2020
Komatsu Forest, temporary, shut down, production, forest machinery, shortage, suppliers, parts, manufacturing, factory, Sweden

Due to the closure of suppliers of critical components, Komatsu Forest will temporarily shut down its production of forest machinery at its factory in Umeå, Sweden. The company agreed with IF Metall on short-term work from April 13 through June 21 for employees in production. "The background is that the corona pandemic has caused some of …

Editor’s pickIndonesia trade minister scrapped timber legality rule, illegal logging may set to boom

30-03-2020
SVLK verification system, licensing requirement, removed, deregulated, massive setback, Indonesia

By Hans Nicholas Jong from Mongabay Indonesia   Indonesia’s trade ministry has scrapped a requirement for wood exporters to obtain licenses verifying their wood comes from legal and sustainably managed sources. The SVLK verification system took a decade to develop and implement and has been accepted by some of the most stringent …

TRADA’s Life cycle assessment WIS has been revised

27-03-2020
TRADA, Life cycle assessment WIS, revision, amendments, abolishment, Code for Sustainable Homes, revisions, BS EN ISO 14044, ISO 21930

TRADA’s Life cycle assessment WIS has been revised with substantial amendments following the abolishment of the Code for Sustainable Homes and revisions to BS EN ISO 14044 and ISO 21930. The section on BREEAM has been amended to include the 2018 New Construction scheme, while there is also an update on similar schemes and the …

Vietnam’s wood product manfacturers need to restructure production

27-03-2020
Vietnam, wood and wood products, manufacturers, exports, imports, trade, impact, restructure, COVID-19, coronavirus

Vietnam’s wood processing enterprises will need to continue reorganising their production and business activities to manage challenges during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, said the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD). According to Vietnam News, the restructuring would help enterprises transit to production and …

Stella-Jones to continue operations at North American treating facilities

27-03-2020
Stella-Jones, all North America treating facilities, supporting distribution networks, continue operation

Stella-Jones Inc. provided an update on its North American operations in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic and orders issued by Canadian provincial and U.S. state authorities. Stella-Jones confirmed that while certain government authorities have ordered the closure or minimisation of all non-essential business operations in regions where it …