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Roseburg Forest Products to relocate corporate headquarters in late 2016

International Forest Industries - Mo, 29/06/2015 - 11:53

Roseburg Forest Products will be relocating their corporate headquarters to Springfield, Oregon, in September 201

Allyn Ford, President and CEO outlined a number of considerations in why the decision was made to move the corporate headquarters to Springfield:

 - The increasing challenge attracting and retaining high level technical and professional staff, as many prefer to live in and work in a more urban community;

 - The benefit of being closer to a major airport, with improved accessibility for both staff who travel extensively for Roseburg, as well as for bringing customers into visit

. -The more frequent access to financial and legal services that assist Roseburg. Even though the headquarters will move to Springfield, the Dillard office will remain the location for the company’s Western Region Operations and Resource group. The company is in the process of identifying which administrative departments and functions will most benefit by this relocation and expects to have final plans in place and communicated by this September.

Roseburg Forest Products is one of the largest privately owned wood-products companies in the United States

A&J Scott to install a new system

International Forest Industries - Mo, 29/06/2015 - 11:50

A&J Scott is to install SAP Business One, becoming the first UK sawmill to adopt the cutting edge Enterprise Requirement System. Work is underway now overhauling the IT infrastructure in readiness for a planned roll out of SAP Business One in the autumn of 2015.

This significant investment is seen as a transformational piece of work which will allow the company to: - Adopt a market leading state-of-the-art system, thereby improving ability to integrate with customers. - Reduce the time taken from order through to delivery. - Improve ability to deliver on time and in full. - Increase production capacity. - Provide a solid platform for further growth. - Identify process efficiencies which can create further customer benefit. Managing Director, Robert Scott, said: “The project to deliver SAP Business One into A&J Scott Ltd is now in full swing and the team are working hard to ensure a smooth transition onto the new platform. We believe that this investment will put us at the forefront of the marketplace and, coupled with recent significant investment into our state of the art Mill 9 plus a new main Mill infrastructure to come later this year, it’s exciting times at A&J Scott Ltd. We are going from strength to strength and we are certain that our customers will be the main beneficiaries of this change”.

 A & J Scott Ltd is a leading independent UK home grown sawmill

Viridis Energy’s merchant subsidiary announces first European supply agreement

International Forest Industries - Mo, 29/06/2015 - 11:45

Viridis Energy Inc., announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Viridis Merchants Inc., (VMI) an aggregation and trading business, has secured a European supply agreement for up to 20,000 MTs of ENplus certified premium wood pellets per year. 

VMI intends to distribute to the residential heating market throughout the UK and Europe. The agreement marks VMI’s first European supply and is expected to generate over Euro 4 million per year.

The supply of certified pellets is marketed under the new OkanaganTM Nordics brand, which is the fourth brand in the Okanagan wood pellet family. VMI has already begun distributing the new brand to the residential heating market in the U.K. and plans to distribute to Italy and other European countries.

“This contract marks the expansion of Viridis Merchants into Europe, where we intend to replicate the successful business model that we have executed in North America,” said Christopher Robertson, CEO.

ENplus is the certification identification for solid biomass fuels in Europe. The standard for wood pellets (EN 14961-2) includes a strict quality of A1 and A2 wood pellets.

Viridis Energy is a manufacturer and distributor of renewable energy providing wood pellet biomass to global residential and industrial markets.

Peel Environmental to develop a GBP 65 million ($99.5 million) waste wood gasification facility

International Forest Industries - Mo, 29/06/2015 - 11:42

Plans by Peel Environmental to develop a GBP 65 million ($99.5 million) waste wood gasification facility at the site of the former Houghton Main Colliery in Barnsley have been given the green light by Barnsley Council

 Members of the council’s Planning Board voted to approve the proposals, which will see a Timber Resource Recovery Centre (TRRC) built at the site on the A6195 Park Spring Road. The Houghton Main Renewable Energy Centre will use biomass to generate up to 20MW of energy for export. The facility will accept up to 150,000 tonnes of fuel per year and use an advanced gasification process to generate enough energy to power around 49,000 homes.

 Peel Environmental is at the forefront of developing new infrastructure for the waste, mineral and environmental technology sectors across the UK

Participatory Land Use Planning to support healthy forests

GFIS - Mo, 29/06/2015 - 11:17
Program: REDD+ Country: Lao PDR SNV is supporting villages in Houaphanh Province to use their land more sustainably through Participatory Land Use Planning with the goal of reducing deforestation and forest degradation.

REDD+: The implementation challenge in the Congo Basin

REDD monitor news - Mo, 29/06/2015 - 10:10
By Nadia Desjro Djenontin, Samuel Assembe, Eugene Chia Loh, Maria Brockhaus and Grace Wong, CIFOR Forests News Blog, 26 June 2015 REDD+ is now moving into countries’ implementation arenas after final agreements by parties over its modalities during the 42nd session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice in Bonn. Ever since the Bali Action Plan, made at COP13 (2007) countries have sought to overcome the myriad of challenges that come with a mechanism that touches deep into the politics and power structures often linked to forest exploitation and conversion. What are the bottlenecks for implementation of the REDD+ framework in countries’ complex and diverse realities? How – and what – can we learn from existing experiences to effectively inform the ongoing implementation process? How do we realize the necessary changes in and beyond the forestry sector to get REDD+ and benefit (and cost) sharing actually implemented equitably?

Who says Laudato Si' is not a political manifesto?

REDD monitor news - Mo, 29/06/2015 - 10:08
By Mark Silk, Religion News Service, 25 June 2015 Thus, the Iowa Catholic Conference describes it with these words from Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines: “‘Praise be to you’ as an encyclical is not a political document, nor a scientific document, but a religious document which our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has developed to guide us in our moral life in order that we might be faithful to the scriptures and teaching of the Church in our times.” Over at GetReligion Terry Mattingly trashes the MSM coverage with: “This is a pastoral document, built primarily on Catholic doctrines; this is not a political manifesto, no matter what journalists keep chanting.” I beg to differ. Laudato Si’ is all about politics. It’s no accident that “politics” and its cognates occur 52 times in the text. For those with eyes to see and ears to hear, the central message is the need to employ a worldview of “integral ecology” to establish political control over economic forces.

Pope Francis' critics missed the essential point of 'Laudato Si'

REDD monitor news - Mo, 29/06/2015 - 10:08
By Lord Deben, ucanews.com, 26 June 2015 The unvarnished truths of the Gospel, compellingly written and lovingly interpreted, make Laudato Si an unforgettable document. I began reading it, fascinated as to what Pope Francis would make of the science and politics of climate change. I continued simply overwhelmed by the direct evangelical call to action, personal and collective. The encyclical is no mere commentary on the world’s current concerns — although its narrative of the facts of environmental and social degradation is succinct and discerning. Instead, it lifts and intensifies the debate by demanding that we see these great issues of pollution, poverty and powerlessness as direct personal challenges — challenges to the way each one of us lives, to the businesses we run, the jobs we do, and the choices we make.

What The Pope Gets Wrong On Offsetting

REDD monitor news - Mo, 29/06/2015 - 10:05
By Steve Zwick, Ecosystem Marketplace, 25 June 2015 The Pope fears that offsetting "may simply become a ploy which permits maintaining the excessive consumption of some countries and sectors," which is an old concern about corporate indulgences that let companies "buy their way out" of their obligations to reduce emissions. That, however, isn't how offsets are designed to work, and our research shows that isn't even close to what's happening right now. In fact, far from using offsets to buy their way out of their obligations, most companies are using them to reduce emissions beyond their immediate base of operations.

Offsets Are A Tool, Not An Indulgence

REDD monitor news - Mo, 29/06/2015 - 10:04
By Molly Peters-Stanley, Ecosystem Marketplace, 22 June 2015 Our research finds tens of thousands of transactions like the one described above - where development objectives are being met through corporate climate responses. For every bad actor - and, yes, they do exist - there are hundreds of people acting in good faith to address the climate challenge. Overhauling our energy, communications, building, transportation, and communications infrastructure doesn't happen overnight. It is certainly not cheap. Offsets enable immediate action in the midst of this long-term transition. They are not - and should not be - the sole solution but they are a very necessary part of it. That's exactly how companies are using them: not "this or that" but "this and that". International decision-makers are realizing that with respect to climate finance, it similarly "takes all kinds".

Indonesian president pledges to accelerate long-delayed indigenous rights law

REDD monitor news - Mo, 29/06/2015 - 09:14
By Sapariah Saturi, mongabay.com, 26 June 2015 Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has promised to make passing a long-delayed law on indigenous peoples rights a priority. Jokowi reiterated his commitment to the Law on Recognition and Protection of Indigenous Peoples' Rights (PPHMHA) yesterday at a meeting with the Indigenous Peoples' Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN) in Jakarta. The draft law was shelved last year when the new government took office. The president also acknowledged the importance of setting up a task force for indigenous peoples issues; agreed to the release, in principle, of indigenous citizens who have been "criminalized," or unfairly prosecuted by the law; and pledged to encourage economic development based on indigenous models as a counterweight to big business.

The pope's climate change message is really about rethinking what it means to be human

REDD monitor news - Mo, 29/06/2015 - 09:08
By Stephen P. White, Vox, 24 June 2015 What makes this encyclical controversial is its reading of contested questions of science, economics, and politics. What makes it radical — in the sense of going to the root — is the pope's reading of the profound human crisis that he sees underlying our modern world. Abuse of our environment isn't the only problem facing humanity. In fact, Pope Francis sees the ecological crisis as a symptom of a deeper crisis — a human crisis. These two problems are related and interdependent. And the solution is not simply to eliminate fossil fuels or rethink carbon credits. The pope is calling on the world to rediscover what it means to be human — and as a result, to reject the cult of economic growth and material accumulation.

China upbeat on prospects for national carbon market

REDD monitor news - Mo, 29/06/2015 - 09:05
By Li Jing, South China Morning Post, 25 June 2015 Nearly two years after the launch of China’s pilot-scheme regional carbon markets, authorities are hopeful a national market can be developed as early as next year, despite challenges facing the industry. Technical preparations were under way for the market, which would be similar to the EU Emissions Trading System (EUETS), said Wang Shu, a climate change official with the National Development and Reform Commission. “We hope to wrap up the preparation work ... and launch a unified carbon trade market in late 2016 or early 2017,” he told a conference in Shenzhen last week, mainland media reported.

Indigenous People Build Fund For Direct Access To Climate Finance, Push For More Active Role In Proceedings

REDD monitor news - Mo, 29/06/2015 - 09:05
By Steve Zwick and Kelli Barrett, Ecosystem Marketplace, 24 June 2015 Indigenous leader Juan Carlos Jintiach says he was ecstatic when governments around the world pledged $1 billion to end deforestation at last year's climate summit in New York. He especially liked Norway's pledge of $20 million per year to help indigenous people secure their rights. But he also knew what would happen next, as NGOs around the world quickly submitted proposals, and Norway issued a short-list of 53 finalists. "In the end, only five indigenous organizations were invited to present final proposals," says Jintiach, who at the time had just stepped down as Director for Economic Development of pan-Amazonian indigenous federation COICA.

U’khand first Indian State to attend GCF annual meet in Spain

REDD monitor news - Mo, 29/06/2015 - 09:03
Dehradun NYOOOZ, 25 June 2015 Uttarakhand has become the first Indian State to have attended the Governors` Climate and Forests (GCF) task force annual meet held from June 15 to 18 at Barcelona, Spain. The State has been made an observer state of the GCF task force this year which will pave the way for making Uttarakhand a full member next year, said State Forest minister Dinesh Aggarwal, who along with principal secretary, Forests, Dr Ranvir Singh and REDD Plus State nodal officer Dr Parag Madhukar Dhakate had attended the GCF task force annual meeting. Addressing the media here, Aggarwal said that Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) Plus and climate change were among the issues discussed in the GCF annual meet.

Policy: REDD+ in Asia Pacific

REDD monitor news - Mo, 29/06/2015 - 08:59
By Andrew McGregor, Nature Climate Change, 24 June 2015 Reducing emissions from forests is a key goal of international climate efforts. New research shows how ethnographic approaches can provide better outcomes for people and forests in Asia Pacific.

Did the Pope Really Blast California?

REDD monitor news - Mo, 29/06/2015 - 08:57
By Ralph Cavanagh, Switchboard (NRDC), 23 June 2015, "Pope blasts California's cap-and-trade" was the headline from the San Francisco Chronicle's initial coverage of a major statement by Pope Francis on environmental stewardship and climate change ("On the Care of Our Common Home"). But a closer look at the text of the encyclical reveals that's just not the case. In its emphasis on the urgency of action to prevent climate disruption, in ways that also address equity concerns, the Pope's encyclical affords further support for California's multi-dimensional approach to cutting its carbon pollution. Here is the one sentence (out of thousands) that conceivably could be read otherwise: "The strategy of buying and selling 'carbon credits' can lead to a new form of speculation which would not help reduce the emission of polluting gases worldwide." [Paragraph 171] This is an entirely reasonable caution, and there are unfortunate illustrations around the world of failed schemes...

[UK] Directors banned over £5.5m land and carbon credit scam

REDD monitor news - Mo, 29/06/2015 - 08:55
By Charles Walmsley, New Model Adviser, 23 June 2015 Four men have been disqualified from acting as directors for 14 years for running a £5.5 million land banking and carbon credit scheme. Barinua Carr Nwikpo, John Ekpobari Nwikpo, Daniel Nwikpo and Bradley Peter Ferry ran a company called Tullett Brown between May 2009 and June 2012. Barinua Carr Nwikpo, John Ekpobari Nwikpo, and Daniel Nwikpo, who are brothers, all signed disqualification undertakings for 14 years in March 2014. Their period of disqualification began on 22 April 2015.

The Ecosystem MarketplaceForest Carbon News

REDD monitor news - Mo, 29/06/2015 - 08:48
Ecosystem Marketplace, 24 June 2015 Norway has long been a steadfast supporter of efforts to reduce deforestation, previously pledging $1 billion to finance Indonesia's efforts to protect its forest and, as part of a trio of countries alongside Finland and Germany, committing hundreds of millions to the World Bank's Forest Carbon Partnership Facility. Norway recently took these efforts a step further by supporting the Governors' Climate and Forests Task Force (GCF) to the tune of $25 million over a 4-year period. The GCF is a collaboration of 26 states and provinces from seven countries with the shared goal of reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) using jurisdictional approaches that address the drivers of deforestation at the state, province, or even country level. This scaled-up version of REDD helps account for "leakage" – or the idea that loggers and cattlemen denied access in one project area may simply move down the road.

Are we undervaluing nature’s role in the world’s growth story?

GFIS - Mo, 29/06/2015 - 08:41

Originally posted by The Nature Conservancy. By Justin Adams | TNC Global Solutions | June 4, 2015 Like most fathers of teenage children, I am often accused of being out of touch. While my work takes me to many places, geographic and esoteric, my children do have a point: it is fair to say that […]


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