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Environment & Sustainability

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has announced that they will suspend FSC certificates in the invaded regions of Ukraine, with effect from 4 May 2022.According to FSC, this reason for this decision took into account how government legislation "cannot be enforced" in Ukraine conflict regions, and it is "not...
Entries for the annual World Architecture Festival (WAF) 2022 are now open, including the Best Use of Certified Timber prize supported by the Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).The WAF Awards are for work completed, end date 30 Jun 2022, or started since January 2021. The entry deadline...
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) International Board of Directors has released a statement that they will suspend all trading certificates in Russia and block all controlled wood sourcing from the country.This means that wood and forest products from Russia cannot be used in FSC products or be sold as...
New Forests, a global investment manager of nature-based real assets and natural capital strategies, has announced the first close of its Tropical Asia Forest Fund 2 (TAFF2) with US$120 million of capital commitments. Investors in the first close include sovereign wealth, corporate, philanthropic and development finance capital from Australia,...
Latvijas Finieris, a global producer of birch plywood products under the brand Riga Wood, now uses biobased glue in plywood production.The fossil-based phenols in conventional glue are replaced with Lineo by Stora Enso, a bio and lignin-based glue, that reduces carbon footprint without compromising the technical performance of the...
According to Timberbiz, the Australian government will be announcing a cash-grant scheme to help foresters and farmers in 11 declared regional forest hubs establish new softwood and hardwood plantations.The AU$86 million investment in forestry aims to plant up to 150 million trees in the next five years. The government...
Stora Enso invests €9 million in an automated cross-laminated timber (CLT) coating line at the Ybbs sawmill in Austria. The investment will further strengthen Stora Enso’s position as a provider of engineered wood products for low carbon, sustainable buildings.Stora Enso aims to lead the development of the growing mass...
White Arkitekter, the architecture and design firm behind mass timber building Sara Cultural Centre, announced that the centre was awarded a bronze medal in the International Design Awards (IDA) 2021, in the architecture category Sustainable Living/Green.The International Design Awards exists to recognise, celebrate, and promote exceptional design visionaries and...
Segezha Group restored 34,835 ha of forest lands in 2021. Between May and November 2021, the group restored 15,800 ha of forests in Krasnoyarsk Krai, 8,200 ha in Karelia Republic, 5,100 ha in Vologda, 4,300 ha in Arkhangelsk, and 1,300 ha in Kirov regions in Russia. The reforestation projects...
After LIGNOLOC received the German general construction technique permit in 2020, the new wooden nail system with head tailored specifically for façade applications will be launched in 2022.With its latest product innovation, the Austria-based fastening pioneer Beck continues the 360o approach of its wooden nail system. After months of...