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DuraSense – a wood-based biocomposite replacement for plastic

International Forest Industries - 7 hours 47 min ago
The step by step process to create high performance and sustainable bio-based alternatives to plastics has moved forward again thanks to a new product from Stora Enso, a wood-based biocomposite – DuraSense. This innovation, enables the use of renewable fibres, such as wood, to substitute for a large portion of fossil-based plastic. The production of biocomposites began in 2018 at Stora Enso’s Hylte Mill in Sweden, following a EUR 12 million investment announced in 2017. At full production, the mill’s annual production capacity is 15 000 tonnes, which is the largest capacity in Europe dedicated to wood fibre composites.

“Reducing the amount of plastic and replacing it with renewable and traceable materials is a gradual process. With DuraSense, we can offer customers a wood fibre-based alternative which improves sustainability performance and, depending on the product, significantly reduces the carbon footprint – all the way up to 80%,” says Jari Suominen, Head of Wood Products at Stora Enso.

The DuraSense product family is suitable for a wide range of applications from consumer goods to industrial applications. Typical applications include, for example, furniture, pallets, hand tools, automotive parts, beauty and lifestyle products, toys and items, such as kitchen utensils and bottle caps, among other uses.

The DuraSense granules are a combination of natural wood fibres, polymers and additives offering the mouldability of plastic with the sustainability and workability of wood. With DuraSense, it is also possible to combine fibres with recycled or bio-based polymers to further enhance environmental values. For example, DuraSense™ Eco100, which is one of the product grades and based on wood fibres and biopolymers, is a cost-competitive way to fully replace fossil-based plastics.

“Affordable sustainability and the environment are climbing upwards on consumer agendas,” says Patricia Oddshammar, Head of Biocomposites at Stora Enso. “DuraSense can reduce the consumption of plastic materials by up to 60%, ensuring less microplastics end up in the environment. Stora Enso’s biocomposites can be reused as a material up to seven times or recycled along with other plastic materials or, alternatively, used for energy recovery at their end of life.”

Wood Products at Stora Enso.
The DuraSense product family is suitable for a wide range of applications from consumer goods to industrial applications. Typical applications include, for example, furniture, pallets, hand tools, automotive parts, beauty and lifestyle products, toys and items, such as kitchen utensils and bottle caps, among other uses.

The DuraSense granules are a combination of natural wood fibres, polymers and additives offering the mouldability of plastic with the sustainability and workability of wood. With DuraSense, it is also possible to combine fibres with recycled or bio-based polymers to further enhance environmental values. For example, DuraSense™ Eco100, which is one of the product grades and based on wood fibres and biopolymers, is a cost-competitive way to fully replace fossil-based plastics.

“Affordable sustainability and the environment are climbing upwards on consumer agendas,” says Patricia Oddshammar, Head of Biocomposites at Stora Enso ( @StoraEnsoBio  )  “DuraSense can reduce the consumption of plastic materials by up to 60%, ensuring less microplastics end up in the environment. Stora Enso’s biocomposites can be reused as a material up to seven times or recycled along with other plastic materials or, alternatively, used for energy recovery at their end of life.”

In a busy day for the Finnish company, Stora Enso also today launched its Green Bond Framework as part of its Sustainable Finance approach. The ambition is to offer a loan-format to support sustainability-focused fixed income investors and to report the direct environmental impacts of some its investments and business activities. The Group will use this bond format to complement its other funding sources.

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Irish forestry could double in value

International Forest Industries - 8 hours 4 min ago
Coillte predicts Irish forestry will double in value to nearly €5bn. But chief executive Fergal Leamy insists State is slow to embrace sector’s potential reports Eoin Burke-Kennedy – Irish Times.

The chief executive of Coillte estimates that output from Irish forestry will double in value to nearly €5 billion over the next 10 years, as the current crop of trees mature and the timber is harvested.

However, Fergal Leamy, who took over at the helm of the State’s forestry company in 2015, said the State is still failing to embrace its forestry potential, with forestation levels and afforestation (planting) rates well below the European average despite the fact that Ireland enjoys faster tree growth than most EU rivals.

Around 11 per cent of the Republic’s land mass is forested compared to a European average of 38 per cent, while around 4,000 hectares a year are being converted to forest, significantly below the Government’s target of 7,000 hectares.

“There’s not an acceptance of forestry in this country. If you look at other countries it is so embraced as a sustainable industry, an industry that adds economic and environmental value,” Mr Leamy said, hinting that other sectoral interests still dominate the Government’s agenda.

“We just don’t get it yet,” he said, noting the planned expansion in agricultural and the likely growth in carbon emissions that implies will need to be offset by a major afforestation programme.

Traditionally Coillte, in contrast to its counterparts aboard, has not undertaken afforestation projects because the economics have not made sense, but Mr Leamy believes this will soon change as Coillte’s financial position improves and the Government considers allowing it access to grants.

He was speaking as the semi-State announced its full-year results for 2017, which showed it had doubled its operating cash from €15 million in 2016 to €30 million in 2017 on foot of record revenues of nearly €300 million.

As a result, it paid the Government a dividend of €8 million, 29 per cent up on the previous year .

Five-year plan
Coillte is in the middle of a major five-year restructuring process aimed reducing its reliance on large-scale land transactions and focusing on its three core business divisions – forestry, wind energy and wood panel manufacturing.

Mr Leamy said €20 million had been shaved off its cost base, principally by reducing head office staff from 100 to 17 and reducing the group’s reliance on outside consultants .

“We really simplified what we were doing. We’re not that complicated a business – we grow trees, we sell logs, we manufacture timber products and we build renewable energy wind farms,” he said.

His plan is to create an annual return on assets for the State of 5 per cent by 2020 – last year it was 3 per cent.

Operating cash from its forestry division increased by 13 per cent to €25.7 million driven by an increase in sawlog sales volumes and improved sawlog prices, Coillte’s figures show.

The company has begun the process of putting up for sale its stake in four wind farms it Co-developed with ESB, USE and Bord Na Móna, while it has identified 25 sites that are suitable for large-scale landforms and will later this year seek a strategic partner to develop the sites, which will have the potential to generate electricity for up to one million homes.

Coillte is expected to generate up to €125 million from the sale of its wind energy four projects, with the cash recycled through the business.

“The business is seeing good momentum in 2018 with a strong performance in the first quarter,” Mr Leamy said.

“This is a crucial year for Coillte as we expect to see a step change in earnings following an intense phase of organisational restructuring and investment,” he said.

 

Photo: Coillte chief executive Fergal Leamy on the State’s view of forestry: “We just don’t get it yet” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

 

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Tilhill Forestry’s investment team expands

International Forest Industries - 8 hours 20 min ago

David Pelly MA MSc has joined Tilhill Forestry’s Investment and Property team. His appointment adds to the wealth of knowledge and resources Tilhill can provide to people wanting to invest in the forestry sector.

Pelly who lives in South Queensferry, Scotland, has taken on the role of Investment Forester after joining from forestry agents John Clegg & Co. Covering Central Scotland and the Highlands, He will be appraising forests, carrying out ground inspections, producing cashflow appraisals and working with solicitors to assist with the purchase of forests for clients.

Another important aspect of his work will be identifying key market opportunities including challenges such as restricted access for transporting the timber by road or water as Tilhill specialises in creating solutions for these issues. This is particularly timely with timber prices being high and the abundance of mature timber in Scotland that could be harvested.

He will also be on the lookout for new planting opportunities – for instance talking to farmers who might consider planting trees on grazing land in order to maximise their property’s potential value.

Pelly said: “I am delighted to now be a member of the Tilhill Forestry’s leading UK investment team. It’s a fabulous opportunity in a role that offers huge scope for me to learn from very knowledgeable forest managers and ecologists who cover the whole of Scotland.”

The 29 year-old is well qualified for the job with an MA in Economics from Aberdeen University and an MSc in Forestry from Bangor University. He has had a wide range of practical experience including conservation work for the Estonian Fund for Nature and the Icelandic Environment Agency. Outside work David is a crew member of the South Queensferry Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

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Softwood logs and softwood lumber imports to China

International Forest Industries - 8 hours 40 min ago
Softwood logs and softwood lumber imports to China have more than tripled in ten years with lumber volumes surpassing logs by 36% in 2017, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly.

Imports – China imported record high volumes of softwood logs and lumber in 2017, making the country the largest log importer in the world and the second largest lumber importer after the US, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly. Over the past two years there has been a sharp shift towards importing lumber rather than logs, with lumber volumes in 2017 exceeding logs by 36%.

With limited domestic forest resources, China continues to be a major importer of forest products in order to meet its growing domestic demand for logs, lumber, chips, pulp and paper. In 2017, import volumes of both softwood logs and softwood lumber reached all-time highs despite a slowing activities in the house construction sector. Over the past ten years, the total importation of softwood logs and softwood lumber has gone up 3.5 times in roundwood equivalents (RWE), according to the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ).

Over the past two years, importation of lumber has grown much faster than has importation of logs, with lumber import volumes in 2017 surpassing log import volumes by 36% (in RWE). This is a shift from the past, when there were substantially more shipments of logs than lumber entering Chinese ports. Today, China is the world’s largest importer of logs and the second largest importer of lumber after the US. With these large volumes being shipped to this growing dynamic market, there have been a number of changes in supply sources based on availability and costs over the years.

On the lumber side, the biggest changes over the past five years include a more than doubling of shipments from Russia, declining imports from North America, and higher shipments from the Nordic countries, reports the WRQ. In the short to mid-term, it is likely that European lumber producers will increase shipments to China, while lumber producers in Western Canada may choose to ship their products to the hot US lumber market where lumber prices are at record high levels.

The changes in log suppliers over the past five years have been more dramatic than those for lumber, and there are also fewer countries shipping logs to China as compared to the number shipping lumber. Five supplying countries, New Zealand, Russia, the US, Australia and Canada together accounted for 92% of total log imports in 2017. The biggest change from 2013 to 2017 was that Australia became a major source of logs, with volumes increasing from 1.6 million m3 in 2013 to 4.2 million m3 in 2017.

Wood Resources International LLC
Hakan Ekstrom
Seattle, USA
info@woodprices.com
www.WoodPrices.com

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Cat & Satco For A&R

International Forest Industries - 8 hours 57 min ago

Arana & Runa Kuru of A & R Logging NZ have recently taken delivery of a new Cat 568LL forest machine for their East Coast operation, featuring a SATCO 325T processing head reports NZ Logger.

Arana is cutting up shorts in the Hikurangi Forest Farms log yard for a few months before taking the machine out to join the growing fleet of Cat units hard at work for A & R Logging throughout the East Coast.

He is appreciating the power, stability and smoothness the 568LL provides, along with the auto saw tensioning with the dasa5 optimising system on the head, which combined with the backup from Goughs offers the ideal all-around forestry machine package. Heath Stewart from Gough Cat sold the machine.

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FFE US Launch in Oregon

International Forest Industries - 9 hours 24 min ago
DC Equipment officially launched the Falcon Forestry Equipment brand (FFE) to U.S loggers at the 2018 Oregon Logging Conference in Eugene Oregon on February 22-24.

“It’s been a really good year for FFE in New Zealand, Canada and Chile. Being able to officially launch the brand and our Falcon Winch Assist in the U.S in conjunction with our partner Modern Machinery is the icing on the cake”, says Hayden Campbell DC Equipment’s Sales & Marketing Manager.

“Over the last two years the logging industry in the Pacific North West has been undergoing a shift towards mechanization in felling and we see this trend continuing to move through to the extraction phase, so we are delighted to be partnering with Modern Machinery to bring our steep slope technology to the U.S logging industry”, Hayden added.

The Falcon Winch Assist on display at Modern’s show site was sold to B&M Logging and at the shows conclusion was commissioned and is currently based in Oregon. Modern Machinery have 11 locations throughout the Pacific North West and are also the agents for Timberpro, Madill and Komatsu.

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Negative emission technologies: What role in meeting Paris Agreement targets?

GFIS - 10 hours 46 min ago
Climate scenarios that keep global warming within Paris Agreement limits rely on large-scale application of technologies that can remove CO2 using negative emission technologies (NETs) from the air on a huge scale. Despite the limitations of NETs, halting increases in the concentration of GHGs in the atmosphere remains a race against time, and humanity will require all possible tools to limit warming to within Paris Agreement targets. NETs include measures (re/afforestation and increasing soil carbon contents) that are able to be encouraged now with appropriate policy support.

Event: IUCN World Conservation Congress

GFIS - 16 hours 30 min ago
The 2020 International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress will be held in Marseille, France. The last Congress convened in 2016 in Hawai'i, US, and was attended by approximately 10,000 participants from 192 countries. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of outcomes from the 2016 Congress is here.

Discussing bamboo, BARC and Europe

GFIS - 16 hours 56 min ago

Representatives from INBAR Member states and European countries attended INBAR’s final pre-Congress event 24 May 2017 – Embassy representatives from Member states of INBAR and the European Union, including the Ambassadors for Burundi and Cameroon, were among those attending an event on ‘Bamboo, Rattan and the SDGs: the road to the Global Bamboo and Rattan […]

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When the dinosaurs died, so did forests -- and tree-dwelling birds

GFIS - Thu, 24/05/2018 - 20:17
Sixty-six million years ago, the world burned. An asteroid crashed to Earth with a force one million times larger than the largest atomic bomb, causing the extinction of the dinosaurs. But dinosaurs weren't the only ones that got hit hard -- in a new study, scientists learned that the planet's forests were decimated, leading to the extinction of tree-dwelling birds.

UNGA Adopts Resolution on Global Environment Pact

GFIS - Thu, 24/05/2018 - 19:10
By the resolution, UNGA requests the Secretary-General to submit a report that identifies and assesses possible gaps in international environmental law and environment-related instruments. It also decides to establish a working group to consider that report and discuss possible options, which may include the convening of an intergovernmental conference to adopt an international instrument.

Stakeholders Make Recommendations for HLPF 2018, SDG Implementation

GFIS - Thu, 24/05/2018 - 19:05
The UN Secretariat has compiled the executive summaries of discussion papers submitted by Major Groups and Other Stakeholders for the 2018 HLPF. The note includes contributions from: Women; Children and Youth; NGOs; Local Authorities; Workers and Trade Unions; Business and Industry; Scientific and Technological Community; the Education and academia stakeholder group; Persons with disabilities; Volunteer groups; Older persons; Asia-Pacific Regional CSO Engagement Mechanism (AP-RCEM); and Together 2030. Children and Youth request agreement on a universal protocol on plastics, “building on the work of UN Environment Assembly."

Without forests, our mother earth could not exist

GFIS - Thu, 24/05/2018 - 16:10
Light in the Forest by Fabio Bercorpi is this month’s photo in the spotlight. This beautiful image rewarded Fabio with a runner up position in our 2017 ‘Experience Forests, Experience PEFC’ photo contest. Tell us about the photo I took this photo during a misty morning. It...

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Winner: Grand Chief Herb Norwegian awarded Glen Davis Conservation Leadership Prize

GFIS - Thu, 24/05/2018 - 15:37
World Wildlife Fund Canada (WWF-Canada) and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) are honoured to announce that unparalleled conservation leader Grand Chief Herb Norwegian, 66, of Dehcho First Nations is the winner of the 2018 $10,000 Glen Davis Conservation Leadership Prize.

SNS-Nordgen Forest scholarships: The full list

GFIS - Thu, 24/05/2018 - 15:09
Here is the full list of the funded activities this year! SNS and NordGen Forest have decided who will get the scholarships this year.   Every year SNS and NordGen Forest scholarships funds activities that contribute to common Nordic benefit by supporting education, continuing education and knowledge exchange for persons…

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Norway at loggerheads with DR Congo over forest protection payments

GFIS - Thu, 24/05/2018 - 11:52

International donors have frozen funding to conserve the world's second largest rainforest, with the DRC environment minister said to have gone "rogue"

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