WoodWeek – 23 March 2022

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Welcome to your mid-week good wood news source. It never rains, it pours, as they say. The folks in the Gisborne and Tolaga Bay have felt that in a big way overnight, so if you can help out over there in any way, we are sure it will be much appreciated.

Moving on to markets, as we know, everything is connected, so this week we bring you a report on how Europe’s log and lumber trade is being impacted by both climate change and human conflict. WRI reports this week that, with the timber harvests having peaked, exporters and consumers of logs will need to adjust to a reduced supply of softwood logs in the coming years. Central European lumber production will decline from current record levels, and the region may shift from being a net log exporter to becoming a net importer again. Furthermore, international markets will need to adjust to the reduced supply of European softwood log and lumber exports.

News FLASH - New dates for our Environmental Forestry 2022 Conference ~ After consulting our conference partners and the wider industry, we have decided to reschedule the Environmental Forestry 2022 event to 28-29 June 2022. The new dates should help remove the uncertainty relating to Omicron safety concerns for those travelling to Rotorua.

The rescheduling should allow us to deliver an in-person with the networking our FIEA events are known for. We will, however, also live- stream the event to our virtual delegates on 29 June 2022.

Since we launched WoodWeek in August 2008 (coming up up 14 years) the following story has been our most popular. It was also picked up by Stuff, NZ Herald and NZ Logger, so it clearly struck a chord with lots of people who wonder how the wood supply chain works! Here it is again for the enlightenment of your good selves and your local builder!.

(Opinion Forest360) Ever had to explain the facts of ... log exports? Here is a great explainer: Exporting primary products from New Zealand has long been celebrated and underpinning of our economy and way of life. We all hail increased dairy and meat exports, are more than happy that the best fruit and crayfish go offshore but throw our toys out of the cot about log exports. Most elections will see some ill- informed politician standing in front of a wharf full of logs pontificating about supporting our local industry and keeping the logs in NZ. Builders and home handypersons are pointing the finger squarely at forest owners for increased lumber prices and supply issues assuming that issues are caused by the exporting of logs rather than supplying local mills.

Looking into the logging industry, Waratah and Moisio Forest Oy, a Finland- based forest machine attachment and accessory manufacturer, have signed a co-operation agreement for sales, marketing and distribution of Moipu branded products. Meanwhile, an emotional Jason Wynyard has cut his first step towards claiming a 10th world title by winning the 2022 New Zealand STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® National Championships in early March in Auckland.

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Europe: Log and lumber trade affected

(WRI Market Insights) The trade of logs and lumber in Europe will change dramatically in the coming years as timber harvests in Central Europe decline and the sanctions against Russia result in a plunge in forest products imports. - Central European roundwood markets are at a turning point. Over the past four years, forests have suffered extensive damage from a spruce bark beetle outbreak in much of the region, leading to temporary increases in harvesting, lumber production, and log exportation. The infestation in the Czech Republic and Germany has resulted in record-high timber harvests over the past few years. As a result, from 2017 to 2021, annual roundwood removals were up 15% and at an unsustainable level. The amount of timber damaged by bark beetle peaked in 2019, falling by 5% in 2020 and 24% in 2021. The volume of damaged wood is expected to fall at 10-20% per year, reverting to close to long-term average levels by 2025.

A new WRI Focus Report, Central Europe Roundwood Markets – Softwood Supply Outlook" provides oversights on how Central European timber supply will evolve through 2030. It also covers implications for forest industries in the region and the likely impact on global softwood log and lumber markets.

The surge in wood supply has been absorbed by domestic sawmills (~60%) and increased export of sawlogs and pulplogs (~40%). Additional wood supply at competitive prices has helped the Central European sawmill industry expand, taking advantage of strong lumber markets in Europe and globally in 2020-21. Also, increased sawdust and woodchip supplies from sawmills have enabled wood pellets and panels production growth.

With the timber harvests having peaked, exporters and consumers of logs will need to adjust to a reduced supply of softwood logs in the coming years. Central European lumber production will decline from current record levels, and the region may shift from being a net log exporter to becoming a net importer again. Furthermore, Russia's invasion of Ukraine has resulted in sanctions in the importation of practically all forest products from Russia and Belarus to Europe, which included almost 14 million m3 of logs and nine million m3 of softwood lumber in 2021.

The reduced timber supply in Central Europe and Russia's invasion of Ukraine will impact European industry production, trade flows, and forest products prices for many years to come. Sawmills will need to renew focus on conversion yield and small-diameter sawing capabilities, fiber industries should consider alternative species and wood fiber sources, and forest owners would benefit from more intensive forest management. In addition, international markets will need to adjust to the reduced supply of European softwood log and lumber exports.

The excerpt above is from the just-released Focus Report "Central Europe Softwood Supply – Constrained industry growth post-bark beetle" published by Wood Resources International LLC and O'Kelly Acumen. For more information about the study or to inquire about purchasing the 80-page report, please contact either Hakan Ekstrom (hakan@woodprices.com) or Glen O'Kelly (glen.okelly@okelly.se). In addition, a Table of Contents of the report is available on our website.

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Source: Wood Resources International





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ANZ: Carbon credit demand triggers CCR

(ANZ Research) Carbon credit demand triggers extra supply - Each quarter the Government releases New Zealand Units (NZUs), also known as carbon credits, via an auction. These units are typically purchased by companies who wish to offset their emissions.

At last Thursday's auction 4,825,000 units were available. For the remaining 2022 auctions this quantity will also be available. An additional 7 million units are allocated to the cost containment reserve (CCR) for 2022. These extra units become available when the auction price lifts above the CCR trigger price, currently set at $70. At last Thursday’s auction units traded at an average price of $70, meaning the CCR was triggered.

In total 10,518,300 units were released to the market, those being the 4,825,000 allocated to this event and 5,693,300 units from the cost containment reserve. This means at the next quarterly auction there will be the 4,825,000 allocated units available, plus the 1,306,700 units remaining in the CCR should the price again hit the $70 trigger.

Leading up to the auction the spot market was priced at approximately $72/NZU, so it was expected units would be released from the CCR. Spot prices have been trending down recently, having peaked at $86.25 in February. While there is still good demand for units, the additional supply available meant only a modest lift in prices. An additional test will come as the CCR is exhausted.

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Source: ANZ Research


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Log exports explainer: Our most popular story yet

(Opinion Forest360) Ever had to explain the facts of ... log exports? Here is a great explainer: Exporting primary products from New Zealand has long been celebrated and underpinning of our economy and way of life. We all hail increased dairy and meat exports, are more than happy that the best fruit and crayfish go offshore but throw our toys out of the cot about log exports. Most elections will see some ill- informed politician standing in front of a wharf full of logs pontificating about supporting our local industry and keeping the logs in NZ. Builders and home handypersons are pointing the finger squarely at forest owners for increased lumber prices and supply issues assuming that issues are caused by the exporting of logs rather than supplying local mills.

To put some perspective around the issue, think of trees the same way as sheep and cows, basically they get cut up into different products for different market requirements. Your favourite restaurant in Parnell isn’t likely to serve you up a medium rare sheep bladder and the pet food factory probably doesn’t have much demand for a lamb rack. Logs are no different except, unlike the fruit and fishing industries, we keep most of our good product here for our domestic sawmills and export bladder and brains grades of logs.

One tree may have as many as 10 different log grades within one stem and generally quality and hence value diminishes the further up the tree you go. NZ sawmills cannot make money out of sawing the lower grade logs, whereas export markets such as China have much lower production costs and therefore can afford to spend more time reconstituting the lower grade logs into usable products.

To put forestry’s valuable export earnings into perspective as well as its importance in reducing emissions, it’s essential to understand how the forest industry works, its regional benefits and why log exports are a vital part of its functioning. As with the sheep and beef industry, you need a solution for the whole animal, you can’t just sell medium rare bladders to Parnell and throw the lamb rack away.

It’s easy for Joe Average to get a slanted view on log exports as our industry differs from many others in that logs are very visible on trucks, trains and in ports, timber is not. Timber is delivered to retailers dry, wrapped in plastic and transported in curtain sider trucks which are indistinguishable from those that carry cornflakes. Log exports are just part of a much more diversified set of products that just aren’t that visible to people in port cities. Locally manufactured wood products are, however, a big part of many of our daily lives whether we notice it or not. If you write on it or wipe on it, build with it or burn it, wood products from our radiata pine forests around the regions are generally taken for granted.

In addition, the use of engineered timber panels is growing rapidly in the building of multi-storey commercial buildings and apartments, prized for their carbon sequestration as well as earthquake and fire resistance.

So next time you’re listening to someone spout off about all our logs going offshore and a lack of framing timber in NZ, you can rebut their ill-informed opinion with the following fun facts:
1. The NZ supply shortage of timber is due to lack of domestic sawing and kiln drying capacity, not log exports. There is no way the entire NZ log production could be sawn locally.
2. Log exports are just one part of the log (usually the top half or less) that is produced and sold in the market.
3. Forest owners, like every other private business, have the right to sell what they own to whoever they want, they are an investment not a public good item.
4. Logs produce all kinds of products, some are solid wood which continue to store carbon over their lifetime; others of lower quality are valued by Chinese buyers for a range of uses, but mainly as formwork in the construction of high-rise buildings in China.
5. Logs are valued by manufacturers in China because of the versatility of radiata and because countries like Russia have imposed export tariffs on log exports – something that our small and vulnerable government would never consider in a market economy and out of our control in NZ.
6. Forest and wood products are a vital piece of the NZ landscape and fit well into our ways of earning a living for rural communities and respective forest owners, large and small.

Source: Marcus Musson, Director, Forest 360 & John Stulen, WoodWeek Editor, Innovatek



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Waratah to partner with Moisio

Waratah and Moisio Forest Oy, a Finland-based forest machine attachment and accessory manufacturer, have signed a co-operation agreement for sales, marketing and distribution of Moipu branded products.

Waratah will begin marketing and selling the well-known Moipu energy wood solutions through its global distribution network primarily in Europe and Asia-Pacific, with some sales in other global markets. Moipu products sold through Waratah dealers will be supported by Waratah dealers and field teams, with spare parts available through Waratah’s distribution network.

“With the addition of the Moipu brand, we’ve added new solutions to our portfolio, which will help our customers get more products for their forestry operations – plus they have the added benefit of our extensive dealer and field team for parts and support,” said Markku Ojaniemi, manager, Waratah distribution Europe, Russia, South America, and Japan.

Moisio Forest Oy will continue to sell products jointly with Waratah in Nordic and Baltic countries as well in the UK and Ireland. The new collaboration will expand the Moisio Forest Oy distribution as well the Waratah portfolio.

“We are very pleased with this co-operation. Waratah has a strong, world-wide sales and support network that gives us access to many new market areas without the need to invest in our own dealership network,” said Petrus Moisio, CEO, Moisio Forest Oy. “The partnership between our brands will not only drive sales but also allow us to provide more solutions to our customers.”

Moipu energy wood heads were first built in the 1990s and have proven to serve customers in many applications, including energy wood harvesting, early thinning, roadside cleaning, rail side cleaning and riverbank cleaning. Moipu products are designed to be installed on practically any carrier and most of the products operate without a control system or electricity. Compatible carriers include forwarders, harvesters, excavators, timber trucks, or any carrier with a crane and suitable hydraulic oil flow.

“We are proud to offer our customers a wide variety of harvester heads, processor heads, forestry cranes, grapples and control systems – this new agreement allows us to continue expanding on that product offering to provide solutions for energy wood harvesting,” Ojaniemi said.

Distribution of Moipu-branded products will begin in Europe. During the transition, customers from anywhere in the world are free to contact their Waratah dealer or Moisio Forest Oy directly.

For more information about Moisio Forest Oy and Moipu products, visit www.moipu.com


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Stihl our top wood chopper

Top Axeman makes the cut for tilt at coveted 10th World Title - An emotional Jason Wynyard has cut his first step towards claiming a 10th world title by winning the 2022 New Zealand STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® National Championships in early March in Auckland.

Saturday’s victory means Wynyard has earned the right to represent New Zealand at the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® World Championships in Sweden in October – a tournament he last won five years ago.

Since 2017 Wynyard has battled debilitating arthritis in his hip, but now following nearly three years break from fulltime competition - involving stem cell treatment and a hip replacement - the nine-times STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® world champion is on the comeback at the age of 48.

“I had this goal to try and qualify for the World Champs for some time now since hip replacement and stem cell treatment and it’s pretty cool to take that next step and qualify, but I realise that there’s a lot of work ahead of me,” says Wynyard.

An emotional Wynyard dedicated his victory to fellow international competitor, Martin Komarek of the Czech Republic, who was very well known to the New Zealand Timbersport community having competed here, who died tragically in a forestry workplace accident overseas this week.

The New Zealand STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® National Championships at Kumeu, West Auckland was contested across three divisions Men’s, Women’s and Rookie’s. Stace Hall, Marketing Manager for Stihl New Zealand says it was a wonderful achievement to hold this year’s national championship under challenging circumstances.

“Stihl is delighted to have been able to deliver this year’s competition, to allow these incredible athletes to show off their skill and commitment to the sport. Jason Wynyard is a wonderful ambassador for Stihl and for the sport in general. We wish him all the best for his tilt at a tenth STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® world title later this year,” says Hall.

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Good Employer Awards: Entries open

2022 Primary Industries Good Employer Awards open for entries - The search has begun to find Aotearoa New Zealand’s most exceptional primary sector employers. Entries have opened for the 2022 Primary Industries Good Employer Awards, which are run by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and the Agricultural and Marketing Research and Development Trust (AGMARDT).

"The Awards provide the opportunity to recognise and celebrate outstanding employers across the primary sector that may otherwise fly under the radar," said MPI’s director of investment, skills and performance Cheyne Gillooly.

"The sector has been resilient throughout the pandemic and the hard mahi of farmers, growers and processors is leading our export-led recovery from COVID-19.

"Revenue from food and fibres exports is predicted to hit a record $50.8 billion in the year to 30 June 2022."

The primary sector employs about 367,000 people, representing almost 14% of the total workforce.

"Since the Primary Industries Good Employer Awards were launched in 2018, 9 employers – ranging from transport companies, to environmental guardians and agritech innovators – have received accolades," said Mr Gillooly.

"We're on the lookout for employers, both large and small, who go above and beyond by creating productive, safe, supportive, and healthy work environments for their people.

"Our Fit for a Better World economic roadmap sets a goal of employing 10 percent more New Zealanders in the primary sector by 2030."

Rewi Haulage, a Māori-owned log transport company based in Rangitukia north of Gisborne, took out the Māori Agribusiness Award in 2021.

"We treat our employees and drivers as whānau and we’re supporting a lot of locals to be owner- operators and have businesses of their own," said Rewi Haulage director Chubb Rewi.

"In an increasingly competitive labour market, great employers are more important than ever to help attract and keep staff in the sector, and I’d encourage people to enter."

All food and fibres sector employers and the businesses that service them are eligible to enter the Awards. Entries are now open and close at 5pm on 25 March 2022. Winners will be announced in June.

"We want the application process to be as inclusive as possible, so nominees can range from rural accountants, to veterinary practices, through to large industry bodies or small start-ups," said Mr Gillooly.

Award categories cover employee development, having a safe and healthy work environment, Māori agribusiness, and the 2 new categories of small business recognition and operating an inclusive and diverse workplace.

A supreme award is also awarded to the overall winner for being an exemplary employer. To find out more about the awards and how to enter, visit the Primary Industries Good Employer Awards page.

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In 2021 Rayonier Matariki Forests won the Supreme Award for showing great commitment to the spirit of the Supreme Award. This included a commitment to diversity, strengthening their connection to Māori culture, investing in developing their employees, rebranding sick leave to 'wellness leave', and having a major focus on health and safety through multiple initiatives.

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International Day of Forests

This past Monday, this week was International Day of Forests. It is a great opportunity to reflect on the critical role our forests play in the lives of New Zealanders across the country, says Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service.

International Day of Forests (Monday 21 March) aims to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all of New Zealand’s 9.7 million hectares of forests – exotic and native – covering 38% of the land.

"Trees are part of peoples’ everyday lives, no matter whether they live in rural or suburban areas or city centres," says Alex Wilson, grants and partnerships director, Forest Development, at Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service.

"I am encouraging everyone in New Zealand, no matter where you are, to take a moment on Monday and reflect on the value our forests add to our communities, biodiversity, local economies and everyday lives and activities.

"Forests provide people with goods such as timber, fuel, food and fodder, help combat climate change, protect and enhance biodiversity, soils, rivers, and reservoirs, and serve as areas where people can get close to nature."

Since 2018, Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service has supported planting of nearly 350 million native and exotic trees, with benefits for all in Aotearoa.

"I’m proud of the work being done to enable and support tree planting projects all over the country. It’s also worth noting these projects are not just confined to rural and provincial areas, but urban and inner city too," Alex Wilson says.

"Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service has supported conservation volunteers to plant urban forests for example through the Forests in the Heart of Wellington project on Mt Victoria, which over the last 3 years has resulted in 45,000 native trees being planted by the community. Another project in the capital, at Ōwhiro Bay, starts this year with planting of a further 20,000 native trees.

"These forests are really important spaces for cities. Among other things, they provide important habitat for wildlife and opportunity for urban residents to spend time enjoying nature."

At the other end of Te Ika-a-Māui, the North Island, Forward Whangārei has planted more than 80,000 trees at multiple sites across the Northland region over 2 years. This highly motivated group is planting another 50,000 trees at various sites. Planting kicked off in 2021 and is continuing through 2022.

"Forward Whangārei is a great example of a volunteer organisation doing extraordinary work for their community that will leave a lasting legacy for generations to come," Alex Wilson says.

Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service is committed to investing in tree planting, and funding options include the Hill County Erosion and Matariki Tu Rākau. The Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures fund is another investment tool available via the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). The Matariki Tu Rākau fund is also now open for applications for less than one hectare of commemorative planting on marae and public land.

"Forests play a key role in many priority areas," says Alex Wilson. "It enhances regional development, enables strong partnerships with Māori to realise the potential of their land, improves water quality, enhances New Zealand’s biodiversity, and reduces erosion as well as carbon emissions.

"These are all part of MPI’s Fit for a Better World roadmap and building a stronger Aotearoa," says Alex Wilson.



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Wenita gets right behind predator initiative

Wenita Forest Products and asset manager New Forests are teaming up with Predator Free Dunedin to increase protection for native biodiversity in Otago. Funding from the Wenita — the region’s largest timber producer — would enable increased predator control on its own forestry estate and also on nearby public land.

A network of mustelid traps would be laid through Wenita’s Berwick, Maungatua and Mount Allan properties, extending into the Silverstream conservation area.

Wenita chief executive David Cormack said Wenita was funding the work outside its boundaries in recognition the network of traps would help create an enhanced wild pathway for native birds to safely move through the landscape.

Extending it to the Berwick and Maungatua estate would lay the foundation for further expansion of Predator Free Dunedin’s operations to the south and create a "stepping stone" for the future.

Trapping in those areas would protect threatened wildlife and ecosystems including the fernbird/matata and flightless alpine insects — some of which were found nowhere else in the world.

The support would also allow possum control in Mt Allan and Silverstream, building on existing efforts by local communities and allowing Predator Free Dunedin to increase its operational area by 30,000ha.

Predator Free Dunedin project lead Rhys Millar said Wenita’s contribution fed into a wider community effort to target introduced predators and meant the conservation collective could extend into new parts of Dunedin.

Mr Cormack said the partnership complemented the work the company did for its certification with the Forestry Stewardship Council which it has had since 2001. It was audited annually and the certification was internationally recognised as the most rigorous environmental and social standard for responsible forest management.

Wenita managed a forest area of 30,000ha and predator control was a regular part of its operations but not on the scale of the new partnership.

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Source: Otago Daily Times


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FWPA develops new database strategy

(Australia) A single source of information for private forestry - Forest & Wood Products Australia (FWPA) is developing a single, centralised database for private forestry information through a national project to collect and collate information about commercial farm plantations, private native forests and Indigenous managed forests around Australia.

FWPA’s Chris Lafferty said the project presents a significant and unique opportunity. “So much work has been undertaken, through funded programs or by individuals who have a passion for trees and timber. Too often the valuable lessons aren’t available to inform commercial forest management in agricultural settings.

"This project will develop a comprehensive database of historic and current trials which will inform landowners and investors about the potential for sensible and profitable expansion of forestry," he added.

The project is funded by the Commonwealth Government as part of the delivery of its National Forest Industries Plan: Growing a Better Australia – A Billion Trees for Jobs and Growth. It aims to encourage increased regional wood supply and while encouraging diversification of landholder income with practical and realistic guidance about the integration of commercial tree production into farming landscapes and the effective commercial management of privately owned natural forests.

FWPA has engaged leading forestry consulting firm, Greenwood Strategy to undertake the work. Pat Groenhout of Greenwood Strategy, said the project team was aiming to reach as broad an audience as possible. “If you’ve had an involvement in establishing commercial plantations in agricultural settings, or managing natural forests for timber production on private land, we’d like to hear from you.

Often people are sitting on information stashed away in a filing cabinet or on an old computer that could be really useful for others who are interested in private forestry. We’re really interested in old reports, measurements, sawmilling trials – anything to help build a more complete picture.”

The project will develop a single database for the private forestry information and will develop up-to-date extension material to guide land owners about the financial and timber production potential for commercial farm tree plantings, private native forestry and Indigenous managed forests.

To contribute information, or find out more about the project, you can contact Greenwood Strategy at www.info@greenwoodstrategy.com.a u





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Scion: Celebrate sustainable production

People are being encouraged to take some time to appreciate and enjoy the natural treasure of Whakarewarewa Forest on Monday, which marks the International Day of Forests.

The United Nations General Assembly originated the International Day of Forests in 2012 to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests.

The theme for 2022 is 'forests and sustainable production and consumption'.

Dr Tim Payn, principal scientist (sustainable forest management) at Scion, says trees are remarkable, renewable resources and that New Zealand is fortunate to have one of the fastest growing sustainable forests in the world.

Tim says while there are no specific events planned this year to mark the International Day of Forests, the research undertaken at Scion celebrates forests every day.

"Trees have a powerful potential to be at the heart of a new low-carbon bio-based future for New Zealand - anything that can be made from fossil fuels today can be made from trees in the future."

"Our scientists are working on ways to power our factories from waste wood from forests instead of from gas or coal. We're producing liquid fuels from trees so we will be able to replace imported oil and we're proving that our bio-refineries of the future can create the world's most sought- after chemicals."

Source: Scion + Rotorua Daily Post


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Swedes begin EV truck journey

Scania and SCA develop first 80 tonne electric timber truck - In another step towards a fossil-free society, SCA and Scania are together developing the first electric timber truck with a technical capability of up to 80 tonnes total weight.

The vehicle is a sustainable transport solution enabled through another close cooperation between Scania and a progressive customer.

It is possible to drive longer distances with heavy electric transports. Scania and SCA are proving that with a new battery electric vehicle capable of total weights of up to 64 tonnes on public roads and 80 tonnes on private roads. The electric truck will transport timber in the Swedish region of Västerbotten, between SCA’s terminal in Gimonäs and its papermill in Obbola outside Umeå, starting already in 2022.

For SCA, which is Europe’s largest private forest owner and maker of sawn wood products, packaging materials and pulp, electrifying road transport is an important part of work to reduce its environmental impact. Every year, SCA transports about 8.5 million cubic metres of wood to industries, utilising 265 timber trucks in collaboration with 87 haulage contractors.

”The cooperation with Scania is an important way for us to jointly find innovative solutions for sustainable transport. Electric timber trucks will be a strong contribution to SCA’s work with sustainability, where we are part of the solution for a fossil-free world. By running just one electric truck between Gimonäs and Obbola, we can reduce our carbon emissions by about 55,000 kg per year,” says Hans Djurberg, Head of Sustainability, SCA.

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More Swedish innovation: Cardboard wall studs

Wood Tube: Climate Smart Studs Made of Paper ~ Among the many difficulties that the construction industry currently faces, confronting the climate emergency continues to be one of the main challenges. In fact, considering that the sector is responsible for around 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions, aiming towards net-zero, carbon-neutral architecture should and must be the top priority.

Although there is a long way to go for most buildings to cancel out the amount of carbon dioxide they produce, the concept is quickly gaining traction and will certainly become the new norm as we look into the not-too-distant future. As a result, the following question arises: how can architects, designers and other actors involved in the industry contribute to sustainable design and net-zero architecture?

Simply put, the answer can be summed up in one word: innovation. Throughout the years, those from the design world have witnessed huge milestones in the construction sector, from digital fabrication to 3D technologies, more advanced construction techniques and improved manufacture processes. Therefore, they have acquired the necessary knowledge and tools to innovate, resulting in new, more-climate smart building materials and products.

With this in mind, Swedish company Wood Tube, a member of the world leading bioeconomy cluster Paper Province, has launched a new innovative product that has recently entered its commercial phase: lightweight studs made of wood-based pulp.

These are cost-effective, easy to work with and, above all, contribute to a more sustainable construction process – hence showing great promise in the mission towards net- zero architecture.

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Almost finally ... Carless days suggested (Really!)

(BusinessDesk) Back to the 1970s: IEA suggests carless days ~ As countries grapple with energy supply issues in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has suggested policies that include a flashback moment for New Zealand: a return to carless days.

The IEA has made the suggestions due to the fear of low supplies ahead of the peak demand season in the northern hemisphere summer. The IEA's 10-point plan proposes actions to ease strains and price pain.

“Practical actions by governments and citizens in advanced economies and beyond can achieve significant reductions in oil demand in a matter of months, reducing the risk of a major supply crunch,” the IEA said.

“If fully carried out in advanced economies, the measures recommended by the IEA’s new 10-Point Plan to Cut Oil Use would lower oil demand by 2.7 million barrels a day within four months – equivalent to the oil demand of all the cars in China.”

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... and finally ... relax its not all serious

7 Wordle knockoffs you can play while you wait for the next Wordle:
• Lewdle – I’m stuck on today’s Lewdle which means it must be gross …
• Byrdle …
• Sweardle …
• Letterle … (I know, a bit weak huh!)
• Hello Wordl (really)
• Make your own Wordle …
• Globle (actually its really good!)
• Absurdle … finally





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