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Metsa Board target is fossil free mills by 2030

Metsä Board has published its sustainability targets for 2030 with one of the company’s targets to achieve fossil free mills by 2030 with zero fossil CO2 emissions. This ambitious target includes both emissions from the company’s own energy production as well as purchased energy. Curr
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UK Wood Awards 2019 finalists

Twenty structures and 12 products have been nominated for the UK’s Wood Awards 2019 shortlist, among them a jewellery collection, a ‘House in a Garden’ and a radar station renovated into a holiday let. Source: Timberbiz The buildings judging panel is led by three-time Gold Award winne
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Ethiopia sets new world record in tree planting

Ethiopia has set a new world record for the most trees ever planted in a single day, planting more than 350 million seedlings and young plants in an effort to reverse the effects of deforestation and climate change. Source: Timberbiz The campaign comes after reports that the country’s
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Waterproof wood makes a splash

Innovative Finnish technology that makes wood waterproof and usable in bathrooms has won forestry giant Metsa Group as an investor. Metsa’s venture capital arm, Metsa Spring, has invested Euro 4 million in Finnish company Woodio Ltd, a leading developer of waterproof wood composite pr
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Australian researchers help balsa industry in PNG

The balsa export industry in the East New Britain Province (ENB) of Papua New Guinea (PNG) is big business. Despite this, it faces major challenges with productivity and sustainability, market access and product development. Australian researchers have taken initial steps to work with
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Hardwood chips demand strengthens daily – can we supply

A big deficit in the supply of hardwood woodchips is expected in the Asia-Pacific in the next three-to-five years, with demand in China, already the world’s biggest importer, expected to continue growing, according to Australian forestry giant Midway Group. Source: Philip Hopkins for
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Global Forestry Investments’ second director charged

The UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has charged a second individual in relation to its five-year probe into what was billed as an ethical forestry investment scheme, one of two schemes estimated to have lost victims around £20m. Sources: Financial Times, International Advisor Omari Bo
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UK Timber Innovation Awards 2019 shortlist

Colourful, shimmering sequins made from wood-derived cellulose and a modular self-build system which allows you to build your own home from pre-cut plywood modules are just two of the outstanding entries shortlisted for this year’s TTJ Timber Innovation Award shortlist in the UK. Sour
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John Deere releases IBC for 1470G Harvester

John Deere has introduced its Intelligent Boom Control (IBC) for the 1470G Harvester, which is the largest harvester model available in the John Deere line-up. The IBC technology, first introduced to the harvester category by John Deere in 2018, increases precision and accuracy during
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Stora Enso leaves paper production in China

Stora Enso has signed an agreement to divest its 60% equity stake in the Dawang Mill in China, to its joint venture partner, Shandong Huatai Paper. The joint venture, Stora Enso Huatai (Shandong) Paper Company Limited operated the Dawang paper mill at Dongying in the Shandong province
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