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UK: Finalists revealed in competition to find environmentally friendly homes of the future

02-09-2020
United Kingdom, Competition, Green Building, Sustainability, Future, Timber, Mass Timber

United Kingdom Housing Minister Christopher Pincher has announced six finalists in a competition to design the homes of the future. The "Home of 2030" competition encourages the design of environmentally friendly homes that support people in leading independent, fulfilling lives as society ages.  The six finalists and their designs are: The …

New report demonstrates the sustainability of U.S. hardwoods

10-06-2020
AHEC, sustainability, report

A new report released by the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) has demonstrated the sustainability of U.S. hardwoods by comparing the requirements for responsible timber sourcing in regulations (such as in EUTR in the EU and Lacey Act in the U.S.) and typically contained in public and corporate procurement policies. The results of the report …

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 …

ADB, European Union, and ASEAN countries partner to boost green infrastructure

20-02-2020
European Union, EU, ASEAN, ACGF, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Asian Development Bank, ADB, renewable energy, sustainability, green infrastructure

Delegates at the high-level ceremony to announce the EU’s support to the ASEAN Catalytic Green Finance Facility during the ASEAN–EU Dialogue on Sustainable Development on 10 February in Brussels. From left to right: Singapore’s Permanent Representative to ASEAN Ms. Kok Li Peng;  ADB Representative to Europe Mr. …

New Forests to acquire Tasmanian plantations from Norske Skog

11-02-2020
Australia, New Forests, Tasmania, Norske Skog, timber, forestry, plantation, pine, sustainability

Australia-based international forestry investor New Forests has agreed to purchase the Tasmanian plantations of a local subsidiary of Norwegian pulp and paper company Norske Skog. The purchase includes a net plantation area of more than 18,000 hectares of radiata pine in the south of Tasmania and an agreement for timber sales to the Boyer Mill, …

Editor’s pickToyota unveils world’s first urban incubator, designed by Bjarke Ingels Group

15-01-2020
Bjarke Ingels Group, Shizuoka, Toyota, BIG, Japan, sustainable construction, urban planning, urban mobility, urban intervention, sustainability, future cities, transportation, mobility, master plan, Fuji, Urban design

Toyota announced plans for a prototype city named “Woven City” on a 175-acre site at the foot of Mount Fuji in Japan. The Toyota Woven City is conceived as “a living laboratory to test and improve mobility, autonomy, connectivity, hydrogen-powered infrastructure, and industry collaboration”. The structures will utilise …

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