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Daily Archives: April 10, 2012

Froggy Foibles

Thar she spews! Synthetic whale vomit could shake perfume industry

Ottawa Citizen
April 6, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada, Canada West

Whale vomit, a key ingredient in perfume, could be left out at sea as researchers have isolated a tree compound that could replace the odd ingredient. The discovery made by researchers at the University of British Columbia identified a gene in balsam fir trees that could eliminate the need for ambergris — a strong perfume fixative …Joerg Bohlmann, a professor at UBC and lead researcher at the school’s Michael Smith laboratories, said enzymes found in the resin of the tree bark, once isolated, were used to create a synthetic compound that replaces ambergris.

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Tree-mo … tree that looks like a fish

April 10, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

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“It has been nicknamed Tree-mo but unlike Nemo we don’t have any trouble finding it — how can you miss at tree that looks like a fish? “It’s a bit of a local landmark.

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Business & Politics

Sino-Forest auditor Ernst & Young resigns

Globe and Mail
April 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Sino-Forest Corp. suffered its second major blow in less than a week after Ernst & Young LLP resigned as auditor of the scandal-plagued Chinese forestry company.

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Exports of wood pellets from North America to Europe reached a record …

Exports of wood pellets from North America to Europe reached a record of over 2 million tons in 2011
Lesprom Network
April 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Exports of wood pellets from North America to Europe reached a record of over 2 million tons in 2011. Canada has long been the main exporter of pellets but in the second half of 2011, the US caught up and exported an equal volume to Canada, as North American Wood Fiber Review reported. Shipments have increased practically every quarter for four years, up from 130,000 tons in the 1Q 2008 to almost 600,000 ton in the 4Q 2012. Export data collected by NAWFR from exporters and customs information in both North America and Europe show that wood pellet shipments reached just over two million tons in 2011, up almost 300% from 2008.

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Regulator’s move signals new phase for Sino-Forest

Globe and Mail
April 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Ontario’s securities watchdog has moved closer to laying out its case against Sino-Forest Corp. and six former and current executives by sending enforcement notices that allege the Chinese forestry company misled investors. The company said it received a notice from the Ontario Securities Commission last Thursday alleging that Sino-Forest engaged in conduct contrary to the province’s securities act. The document cited sections of the act related to fraud, market manipulation and making untrue or misleading statements, although Sino-Forest did not give detail on which specific allegations are being made.

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Sino-Forest delisted, auditor resigns

Vancouver Sun
April 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

TORONTO – Ernst & Young LLP has resigned as Sino-Forest’s auditor and the embattled Chinese forestry company’s shares are now set to be delisted, just days after a Canadian court granted Sino creditor protection and months after fraud allegations triggered a stampede out of its stock. Sino-Forest’s Toronto-listed shares tanked last June after a short-seller accused it of exaggerating the size of its forestry assets. The company says the allegations have paralyzed its business and forced it to seek bankruptcy protection.

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Premier Announces Second B.C. Jobs and Trade Mission

Office of the Premier, Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation
BC Gov Press Release
April 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Premier Christy Clark announced a second jobs and trade mission aimed at maintaining the province’s strong economic momentum and strengthening relationships with Japan, Korea and the Philippines. …Clark announced the mission at Fibreco Export Inc., the province’s largest facility for shipping wood pellets for bioenergy production. Fibreco has shipped wood pellets to Japan for 20 years and has recently begun shipping their product to Korea.

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B.C., Alberta vie for skilled labour

Victoria Times Colonist
April 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

News that oilsands recruiters have been appearing at British Columbia’s junior hockey games isn’t going over well with the resource sector on this side of the provincial border who are chasing the same pool of skilled workers. B.C.’s mining, forestry and energy sectors are expecting to need as many as 10,000 people over the next 10-15 years. Alberta companies, meanwhile, are looking to hire 21,000 workers over the same time period. The pressure to recruit has pushed at least one oilsands company to become partners with several Western Hockey League teams in markets such as Vancouver, Kamloops, Kelowna and Prince George to broaden its search for qualified candidates.

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Mill workers stage pre-shift protest

CBC.ca
April 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Workers at Corner Brook Pulp and Paper held a brief demonstration Thursday morning against the company’s decision to hire contract workers for maintenance duties. About 40 trades workers delayed vehicles that were heading to the newsprint mill.

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Future looks strong at International Paper, which bought Temple-Inland plant

Rome News Tribune
April 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

International Paper has completed its acquisition of Temple-Inland, and the future of the 450-employee containerboard mill in Coosa looks as strong as it has in years. Rumors of the sale had been flying for several years, and when International Paper made the initial offer, Temple-Inland officials rejected the overtures. After several months of continued talks, Temple-Inland finally agreed to the deal.

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New Database Offers Tracking of Worldwide Pulp and Paper Mills and Projects

by RISI
SYS-CON Media (press release)
April 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

ATLANTA – RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products industry, today announced the release of its new Mill Asset Database. The database combines new pulp and paper mill data with information previously available from five separate RISI services

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Is APP Closer to Throwing in the Towel After Losing 9 More Customers?

Triple Pundit
April 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The latest milestone in the fight between Greenpeace and Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) was announced earlier this week. Following a Greenpeace report accusing APP of cutting protected tree species in Indonesia, nine companies announced they are “taking steps to deal with APP.” This list includes Mondi, Parragon, National Geographic, Constable, Acer, Xerox and most notably Danone, which announced it is suspending all purchases from APP. These companies joins the likes of Nestle, Kraft, Unilever, Adidas, Mattel and many more who have already dropped APP following the ongoing campaign Greenpeace is running against the company. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

TNRD convinced to reword bylaw on stick-built houses

www.kamloopsnews.ca
April 6, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

A proposed ban on more than one stick-built house on a single property was met with stiff opposition at Thursday’s Thompson-Nicola Regional District meeting. In the end, a delegation convinced TNRD directors to alter wording in a new bylaw that would have required second or third homes to be mobile “manufactured” buildings. …Ronaye Elliott asked the bylaw be changed to exclude the word manufactured, which director of development services Regina Sadikova was prepared to do. Only director Tim Pennell was opposed to the amendment. He said modern manufactured homes are just as good as stick-built wood and drywall. …“Why should I have to live in a mobile home as a senior when my kids take over the ranch just because we decided they should have a mobile home?” she asked.

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Canada’s Most Affluent Ski Resort Gets First Affordable Passive House

Digital Journal
April 6, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Whistler, BC – B.C.’s First Passive House Doubles as Affordable Housing for Whistler Families. On Saturday, April 14 2012, the doors to the first B.C. constructed home to meet international Passive House standards, will open for public viewing in Whistler. The Rainbow Duplex designed by Marken Projects, uses up to 90 per cent less energy for heating, cooling and building operation than a standard house. Solar hot water, subsoil heat exchanger and cross-laminated timber decking are a few of the extensive sustainable building features incorporated into the prefabricated design…

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Disrupting LEED

Green Research
April 6, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

One of the things I learned doing our latest industry sustainability benchmark (on the medical equipment industry), was that there is a compelling alternative to LEED as a green building standard in North America. Many of the leading manufacturers of medical equipment have certified one or more of their buildings using the LEED system. Medtronic is among those that have used LEED. But it also piloted another standard, called Green Globes, and it liked it so much it will be using the system again for new and existing construction. Green Globes, developed and promoted by The Green Building Initiative (GBI), is a LEED competitor. 

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Keeping Wood Preservatives Where They Belong: In the Wood

Michigan Tech News
April 6, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Pressure-treated wood is great stuff, but the chemicals used to preserve it from decay can leach out, where they can be toxic to bugs, fungi and other hapless creatures that have the bad luck to be in the neighborhood. Now, a team of Michigan Technological University scientists has used nanotechnology to keep the chemicals inside the wood where they belong. “It’s a new method that uses nanoparticles to deliver preservatives into the lumber,” said chemistry professor Patricia Heiden. “In our experiments, it reduced the leaching of biocides by 90 percent.”

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Father of LEED: Green Buildings Can Create Jobs, Reduce Energy Use

Cornell University 
The Cornell Daily Sun
April 6, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Rick Fedrizzi, co-founder of the United States Green Building Council and father of the LEED standard for evaluating buildings’ environmental impact, spoke at Cornell Thursday about how sustainability initiatives could spur economic growth while creating a healthier global environment. Fedrizzi said that sustainable buildings are at the “center stage” of the planet’s environmental issues, due the fact that the world’s population is increasingly growing around centralized urban areas.

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If a tree falls … make it into furniture

Leader-Telegram
April 7, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

John Dominguez [is] the director of a 2-month-old partnership between Anaheim, Calif.-based West Coast Arborists and Woodhill Firewood in Irvine, Calif….Tom Rogers, owner of Woodhill Firewood, [takes] in 600 tons a day from tree trimming and removal jobs. The acacia should yield eight to 10 slabs, he says. Each might surpass 250 pounds, and with luck they’ll be sold to artisans to make tables and other pieces. That tree, which fell in Monrovia Canyon Park in December, and a nearby deodar cedar that fell in Arcadia, Calif., are examples of how the popularity of salvaged wood furniture has produced a secondary trend: rising efforts to ensure that urban trees, including those that fall during storms, don’t end up in landfills.

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Welcome to Woody’s Fenders! Hand made one at a time in Bend, Oregon.

Link submitted by Candace Parsons
Custom Wood Bicycle Fenders
April 10, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Woody’s fenders are produced in Bend, Oregon from as much recycled hardwoods as possible and are signed and dated when complete. All of the mounting hardware is stainless steel and brass to prevent rusting and they are finished with four coats of high quality Marine grade polyurethane in your choice of gloss or satin. They will fit a vast variety of bicycles and are easy to shape and or cut to fit hard to fit bicycles. You will not find a better variety of affordable super quality wood fenders anywhere. 

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Furniture company’s revival has global message

Atlanta Journal Constitution
April 7, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

LINCOLNTON, N.C. — When Bruce Cochrane’s family furniture company became an empty factory, he wouldn’t drive by the building… Five generations of Cochranes had been furniture makers… By the mid-1990s, though, the long, proud family tradition appeared to be at an end. Like so many other American industries, the furniture trade was moving to China, land of cheap labor. …More than three years after the factory closed its doors, Cochrane reopened them for a new venture …He attaches a “Made in America” tag to each piece of his company’s furniture, with a message: “We take immeasurable pride in the fact that our furnishings are made of select solid American hardwoods,”

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Analysts predict pulp glut

ABC News Australia
April 7, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

There are concern Gunns’ proposed $2.3 billion Tasmanian pulp mill could fall victim to a global oversupply of pulp. Four large new pulp mills have begun operating in China and Brazil, prompting some analysts to predict the Gunns mill would struggle to compete. But pulp and paper analyst Robert Eastment said huge demand from China and blossoming growth in India meant the Tamar Valley pulp mill would still be viable.

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Forestry

Eco-Policies of Alberta’s Next Government?

Speed up oil sands, give $300 in petro proceeds to each citizen, says surging Wildrose party.
The Tyee
April 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Explosive new public opinion research suggests Danielle Smith’s libertarian-leaning Wildrose Party will form a majority government in Alberta later this month. …Wildrose’s energy and environmental platform contains some policies certain to provoke and infuriate Canada’s green movement, should the party achieve majority rule. …Smith puts so much faith in industry’s ability to restore strip-mined Boreal Forest, for instance, that she would actually speed up the approvals process for new oil sands projects.  

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Lakes timber supply review raises long-term issues

Houston Today
April 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

By the end of April, a provincial task force is expected to answer a big question for the Highway 16 corridor—can the province secure enough timber to justify what will likely be a $100-million rebuild of the Burns Lake sawmill? “We’re not there yet, but I’m optimistic,” said John Rustad, BC Liberal MLA for Nechako-Lakes.

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Bell leans toward timber in answer to tourist association concerns

Prince George Citizen
April 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Timber will likely trump tourism in the scramble for enough wood to reopen the Babine Forests Products sawmill. Responding to a call by the B.C. Wilderness Tourism Association (WTA) to steer clear of stands set aside to meet visual quality objectives, provincial cabinet minister and local MLA Pat Bell hinted strongly that the measure remains on the table. “I’m respectful of the Wilderness Tourism Association and as we work through the issues in Burns Lake, we’re going to factor into the account the implications of any decision that are made and we’ll make sure that we’re connected to people,” Bell said.

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Mayor vows to keep fighting for old growth

2012 Community Forest harvesting plans include 60 per cent old-growth forest
Pique Newsmagazine
April 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

She may have lost the first round in the battle to save Whistler’s old growth trees, but the mayor intends to keep on fighting. Earlier this year she opposed the Cheakamus Community Forest’s 2012 harvesting plans, but Nancy Wilhelm-Morden was defeated at the board table in the 5 to 1 vote. And so, plans are moving ahead to cut trees in four specific management areas, including trees more than 250 years old, in areas to the south and west of Whistler.

More old growth to be harvested for CFF – Trees more than 250 years old on the chopping block

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Tolko wins safety award

Williams Lake Tribune
April 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tolko Industries president and CEO Brad Thorlakson (left, sitting) receives a hug from safety co-ordinator co-chair James Ronalds at the Soda Creek Division Wednesday when he and members of the mill’s safety committee accepted Tolko’s President Safety Award for 2011. Manager Ryan Oliver says the safety committee set a goal in 2011 to improve safety so they are very proud of the award.

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Mill’s trade unions resort to showing discontent publicly

Western Star
April 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

CORNER BROOK Dwayne Avery says there has been a communication breakdown between trade unions and management at Corner Brook Pulp and Paper and would not be surprised if there will be more demonstrations to let the company know how discontented workers are.

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US Forest Service Targets $40.6M To Purchase, Restore Lands In 15 States Including Tennessee

The Chattanoogan
April 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Friday announced the U.S. Forest Service will dedicate $40.6 million for 27 exceptional land acquisition projects in 15 states that will help safeguard clean water, provide recreational access, preserve wildlife habitat, enhance scenic vistas and protect historic and wilderness areas. Rocky Fork, Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee will receive $5 million in funding.

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Reforestation not taking hold in land burned by Station fire

Los Angeles Times
April 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Federal forester Steve Bear stood on a fire-stripped slope of the San Gabriel Mountains last week, trying to find just one pine sapling, any sapling, pushing through the bright green bedspread of vegetation. It would give him hope after a year of disappointment. Last April, U.S. Forest Service crews planted nearly a million pine and fir trees to try to reclaim land scorched clean by the devastating Station fire. Most of them shriveled up and died within months, as skeptics had predicted.

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Pine beetle infestation eases; new threats in western Montana

Billings Gazette
April 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

From the air, the view of Montana’s forests is improving, with indications that the state’s mountain pine beetle infestation is abating. “Conditions are improving,” said Gregg DeNitto, a Forest Service pathologist and leader of the Forest Service’s Forest Health Protection office in Missoula. “We are seeing a continued decline in mountain pine beetle activity in many areas across the state, indicating the epidemic may have reached its peak.” However, new concerns are emerging about western spruce budworm and pine butterfly, particularly in northwestern Montana and the southern Bitterroot Valley.

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Work at finding a solution instead of vilifying DeFazio Guest viewpoint

The Register-Guard
April 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Don’t vilify the visionary… Congressman Peter DeFazio is unique in this age of career politicians who either steer clear of controversial issues or participate only at the margins so as not to alienate powerful political groups. He is also the most knowledgeable member of Congress when it comes to forest issues, and he takes this responsibility seriously. As a member of the Carpenters Union staff in Oregon and in Washington, D.C., I’ve been graced to work with DeFazio on such sticky issues as log exports from federal lands, the spotted owl, the Northwest Forest Plan, roadless areas and forest restoration. 

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Report: Mass. forests may face 18 percent decline

Boston Globe
April 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

BOSTON—Massachusetts has enough forest cover to absorb a million homes worth of carbon emissions each year, but that natural scrubbing effect could diminish over time if current development trends continue. …The study found that if the state continues its existing pattern of cutting down trees to make way for homes and businesses over the next half century, the ability of Massachusetts’ forests to absorb carbon could fall by up to 18 percent.

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Scientist says lack of acorns may mean more Lyme disease in Maine

Bangor Daily News
April 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

RUMFORD, Maine — Conditions are ripe this year in the Northeast for a surge in Lyme disease and the black-legged ticks that carry it. But disease specialists differ somewhat on the reason. Maine state epidemiologist Stephen Sears attributed the predicted increase, at least in Maine, to the mild winter, the life cycle of ticks and the deer and white-footed mice that carry the disease. However, disease ecologist Richard Ostfeld of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, N.Y., mostly bases the impending surge on fluctuations in acorns and populations of white-footed mice.

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Call for Forestry to be axed

Tasmania Mercury
April 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

FORESTRY Tasmania should be disbanded and turned into a department responsible to a minister, former Lowe government forests minister Andrew Lohrey says. Mr Lohrey said the alleged overcutting of forests was a result of a lack of transparency and oversight of Forestry Tasmania.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

US and Canada pellet exports to Europe reached a record high

IHB – The Timber Network
April 6, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, United States

Pellet exports from North America to Europe reached a new record high in the 4Q/11. Shipments have increased practically every quarter for four years, up from 130,000 tons in the 1Q/08 to almost 600,000 ton in the 4Q/12, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review.

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Liberals shift course on carbon tax

By Les Leyne
Victoria Times Colonist
April 7, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

No one is sure what the review of B.C.’s carbon tax will produce, but two course changes this week confirm the impression it and other parts of the climate-change program are being toned down, if not stalled. The B.C. Liberals held firm for a few years to the idea that every entity in the province would eventually pay for its carbon emissions one way or the other. But now, some breaks are being handed out even as the review is getting underway. This week, the greenhouse industry and the 60 school districts in B.C. each won separate arguments they’ve been having for the past few years about getting certain exemptions from different parts of the climate-change strategy.

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Out of Ashes BioEnergy Inc.

CBC’s Dragons’ Den
April 9, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Video submission to Dragon’s Den by a BC bioenergy company Out of Ashes BioEnergy Inc. We are a Canadian corporation headquartered in Prince George, British Columbia. Our company vision is to become a leading supplier of biomass heating solutions with a range of organic biochar available for purchase under our boutique brand, Turtleback Biochar®.

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World industry leaders focus on biofuels, composites

PressZoom (press release)
April 10, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

SEATTLE – World industry leaders in wood materials will gather in Seattle this week to discuss the role of woody biomass for production of biofuels in addition to composites. Emphasis will also be placed on the use of woody biomass for eventual production of jet biofuels.  Washington State University’s International Wood Composites Symposium is collaborating for the first time with the Northwest Advanced Renewable Alliance (NARA) to present “Managing the Woody Biomass Supply Chain – Impact on Your Business” on April 11-13. The symposium will focus on global trends, competing demands and opportunities in the woody biomass supply chain and its impacts on business success. 

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Forest Certification: Opportunity and Challenge for the Wood Pellet Industry

Biomass Power and Thermal
April 6, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The surge in energy costs, the new direction toward renewable energy sources, and European initiatives to limit carbon emissions all have created a tremendous opportunity for North American wood pellets. In the wood products industry, however, you can’t go very far without hearing the word green. Customers are demanding assurances that the wood products they buy are from legal and sustainable sources. And they often purchase with a preference or requirement for wood products that are independently certified to a recognized forest certification standard.

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Wood could fuel our future

New Zealand Herald
April 9, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

At many ports around the country wharves are stacked with raw logs. About half the national wood harvest is exported in that form, with no value added. Last year raw log exports earned the country $1.7 billion, Statistics New Zealand says. At the same time we imported $8 billion of oil and petroleum products, including around $2 billion of refined petrol and diesel, because demand for transport fuels has long since outstripped the Marsden Point refinery’s capacity. So one can imagine two ships passing at sea, one carrying the products of a Singaporean oil refinery here, another other laden with logs for China. In both cases the value added to the underlying resource occurs overseas.

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