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Environment & Sustainability

By Peter Fitch, CEO of IOI Palm WoodPalm wood is affected by the new EU Timber RegulationA new EU law preventing the import of commodities linked to deforestation might risk side-lining timber producers, small furniture makers, or community farmers who are unable to meet the burdensome cost of compliance...
Bio-based glue that IKEA will use for board materials (Image: IKEA)To reduce the climate footprint of board production, IKEA is switching from fossil-based to bio-based glues.According to IKEA, 5% of the climate footprint of the total IKEA value chain today is connected to the use of glue in...
Toppan headquarters (Image: Toppan)Toppan, a provider of various solutions, including decor materials, will introduce an internal carbon pricing system for its capital investment from FY2023 onwards.Internal carbon pricing is an important indicator that businesses themselves set and use to drive low-carbon investment and related measures. Its adoption as an...
Claudio Coral, CEO of Coral on the left, and Clement Su on the right (Image: Coral)As of February 2023, provider of air extraction and filtration solutions Coral is based in Singapore.The agreement was sealed in recent days with the creation of the new company Coral Asia-Pacific, under the technical...
MoU signing ceremony (Image: Marubeni)General trading company Marubeni Corporation has announced that it has signed an MoU regarding a project to develop a carbon credit programme through reforestation with the Philippines' Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), DACON Corporation, majority owner of DMCI Holdings, and the University of...
IKEA will be sharing information about their wood supply chain henceforth (Image: IKEA)Furniture retailer and supplier IKEA has announced a commitment towards greater transparency in the wood supply chain, whereby they will share where all the wood material in their products come from and more information about why it...
Image: Alex Jones/UnsplashUK-based start-up iov42 and Singapore-based Double Helix Tracking Technologies have announced they are starting to create and test a new digital Due Diligence Management Platform (DDMP), which aims to tackle deforestation in the sourcing and supply chains of commodities, including timber, pulp, paper, beef, cocoa, palm oil,...
Image: UnsplashBack in October 2022, the municipal government of Shanghai began to promote low-carbon, zero-carbon and even negative carbon emission technology innovations, to support the carbon peak and carbon neutrality strategies for the city.According to Canada Wood Group, Shanghai officials are reportedly working on positioning the city as an...
All timber originating from Russia and Belarus are considered ‘conflict timber’The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) has clarified that the validity of the conflict timber clarification has been extended indefinitely and will be regularly monitored by the PEFC International Board.The conflict timber classification was first implemented...
The new competence centre at Kaiserslautern, Germany (Image: Büttner)Büttner Energie, a member of the Siempelkamp Group, has established a new environmental technology competence center in Kaiserslautern, Germany, to expand its product range in the field of environmental technology.They will now be designing and manufacturing both dry electrostatic filters to...