Archer Forest Products is a division of Fram Renewable Fuels. Fram was established in 2005 as a significant, reliable and sustainable supplier of wood pellets to the growing European industrial market.
“Archer Forest Products, LLC is a very important project to the Fram Renewable Fuels Family due to its strategic location. Archer Forest Products, LLC will be supplying wood pellets to help Fram Renewable Fuels to meet increasing demand,” said Harold L. Arnold, President of Fram Renewable Fuels.
One of the first large scale producers in the U.S. Southeast, Fram has experience in raw material sourcing, pellet production, quality control and logistics. Archer Forest Products will be its fourth full production facility.
The rainforests of Central Africa’s Congo Basin are disappearing before our eyes.
New research is suggesting a major cause is demand for furniture in the United States – furniture manufactured from African timbers that in turn are imported from China.
A new study from the University of California examines timber exports from five Central African countries to China between 2001 and 2015.
During that period, China more than doubled its wood imports from the Congo Basin, the world’s second-largest rainforest, and is now its biggest timber importer.
Trevon Fuller, lead author of the study, has little doubt that U.S. markets are a main driver behind increased pressure on African forests. U.S. consumers have long loved low-cost Chinese flooring, furniture and plywood.
Further, satellite data from Fuller’s team shows that forest loss in Congo Basin nations rose when timber exports increased.CHINESE THWART TIMBER SAFEGUARDS
While the U.S. is clearly part of the problem in Africa, China is at least as much of a worry.
For example, in 2013, the European Union introduced the E.U. Timber Regulation. It requires ‘due diligence’ from importers to verify that timber being brought into E.U. markets isn’t illegally harvested.
This slowed timber exports from the Congo Basin to the E.U., but China was quick to jump in and exploit the void instead.
And the Chinese worry little about whether timber is illegally harvested or obtained via bribery, according to a wide range of sources.
When Gabon banned log exports in 2010 to encourage local wood-processing while stymieing illegal logging, China responded by quickly leaping into nearby Cameroon.
Just as bad, Chinese loggers want only round logs (raw timber), providing almost no opportunity for value-adding or local employment (via sawmilling or woodworking) by timber-producing countries.
This ensures that China maximizes its profits while local countries stay poor.INSATIABLE CONSUMERISM
China is the biggest force behind a growing illegal trade that is stripping the native forests of many countries. Many developed nations – such as the U.S., Australia, and E.U. – are now enacting laws to ban illegal timber imports.
But those laws do little to influence China’s aggressive behavior, or taming the dark side of the global timber trade.
Ultimately, strong demand from consumer nations for cheap Chinese-manufactured furniture is driving a great deal of deforestation.
When the world wants cheap furniture, China will get it for them, one way or another.
CEPI, the European association representing the pulp and paper industry, today unveils a dynamic ‘live’ sustainability platform which demonstrates, amongst other things, industry’s sustainability achievements.
“We are delighted to offer our members and the European industry at large a one-stop shop for all industry sustainability data and achievements” says Jori Ringman, Deputy Director General of CEPI. “The platform will be systematically updated once the new data becomes available; meaning our sustainability platform is always ‘live’ and up to date when you need it”.
The concept behind the platform
The new platform departs from the past practice of producing a new, ‘static’ sustainability report biannually. Building on CEPI’s more than twenty year history of being the focal point for third-party verified, industry data, all information on the site will be updated systematically multiple times per year. Users will be able to download the entire website as a PDF or pick and choose per policy section.
Pulp and paper company good practices, all in one place
The new platform also offers the possibility for companies across CEPI’s membership to display their good practices in the fields of bioeconomy, circular economy/recycling, environment, energy and climate change and forestry. The dedicated Good Practices section will be the focal point for researchers, journalists, policymakers and more seeking best examples from the sustainability leaders in our industry.
Key data for 2017 revealed
Following on from the publication of CEPI’s ‘Key Statistics’ in July, the new platform also reveals a wealth of data on industry’s sustainability achievements. Notably, new certification figures were made public showing that 83.2% of the pulp purchased by the industry is certified and that 70.7% of wood, woodchips or residues from saw mills purchased by the industry comes from certified forests.
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Global declaration draft calls for new research from the UN science panel and for forest carbon stocks to be maintained by 2050
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Heavy rain in the drylands of Africa can be devastating for both trees and communities, and it is being made worst by climate change as extreme weather patterns sweep the globe. Trees uprooted by rain Recent torrential rain in West Africa has washed away soil and everything in its path, destroying these trees in the
Organized as a targeted platform to update stakeholders on current and emerging sustainability developments in the palm oil industry, the 5th International Palm Oil Sustainability Conference (IPOSC) 2018 will focus on: palm oil, agriculture and potential impacts on environment and climate change; progress and challenges of Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification; and wildlife conservation and deforestation. The conference will consider palm oil as an agricultural commodity and a sustainable development catalyst. The event is hosted by the Malaysian Palm Oil Council.