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Environment & Sustainability

From tables to cutting boards and utility boxes, The Green Factory manufactures products with upcycled and recycled wood, and wood sourced from sustainably managed forests. Beyond that, the Malaysian manufacturer is committed to embracing sustainable practices in their entire business model, from design to management, education and more.By Yap...
Finnish plywood manufacturer Koskisen is the "first" company, as reported by Stora Enso, to start using the biobased binder NeoLigno by Stora Enso in its new sustainable product family. Koskisen and Stora Enso’s cooperation has resulted in a biobased furniture board, called Zero Furniture Board.NeoLigno is a binder made...
The Pan African Forest Certification (PAFC) Congo Basin regional system has been endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). According to PEFC, this is "the world’s first PEFC endorsed regional forest certification system".The PAFC Congo Basin comprises PEFC-member countries Cameroon, Congo, and Gabon, as their...
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has announced that Zandra Martinez from Oaxaca, Mexico, has been appointed as the chairperson of the International Board of Directors for the FSC.Martinez’s connection with FSC spans over 20 years, where she has held various roles in the organisation in the communications area, as...
Robotics & Innovation has reported that the Quebec Wood Export Bureau (QWEB), a non-profit organisation for wood product manufacturers in Canada, has developed with global AI consultancy Brainpool.ai a machine learning tool which calculates the impact of CO2 in choices of early-phase building design.According to QWEB and Brainpool.ai, the...
New research by a New Zealand university team has revealed that cross-laminated timber (CLT) walls are feasible, strong and cost-competitive with steel or concrete systems for low-rise buildings, all while offering environmental benefits. This could help New Zealand's construction industry and the country in reaching their carbon-neutral goals.The research...
In order to further reduce global emissions to mitigate climate change, Stora Enso has launched a suite of tools to support developers of industrial buildings to create more attractive, productive and sustainable buildings, with spans ranging from 12-36m, from small workshops to large retail sheds and warehouses.Stora Enso’s wooden...
The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) has recently announced that the winner of the Best Use of Certified Timber Prize, co-held with World Architecture Festival (WAF) is Scion Innovation Hub, Te Whare Nui o Tuteata by RTA Studio/Irving Smith Architects. The winner was revealed by Michael...
The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) International has recognised Responsible Wood, a non-profit Australian forest certification organisation, as the leader in growth of PEFC-certified forests globally.Every year, PEFC International awards PEFC members that have achieved the biggest increase in PEFC-certified forest area and PEFC chain of...
A new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations emphasised the importance of renewable wood-based products in combating climate change and achieving Sustainable Development Goals. According to the report, developing awareness and addressing knowledge and implementation gaps in the global forest product value chain...