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  • October 24, 2014 08:10

    Comment: New EU energy deal to make Europe dependent on wood pellet imports

    The new EU energy deal agreed last night has set some ambitious targets. A 27% quota for renewable energy will further make wood pellets an increasingly important source of energy. However, the ability of the EU countries to satisfy internal demand will not be able to keep up the pace with the expected 4-6 time rise in consumption, and will make Europe more and more dependent on imports, especially from the United States... [more...]

  • October 14, 2014 12:38

    France: Sawyers face problems as softwood log prices are increasing

    The fall-winter softwood auction campaign organized by ONF (France's National Office of Forests) in France was launched on highly dynamic bases. French sawmills face increasing supply problems, which are particularly noticeable in the mountains of the east and especially in Jura region. For example, the auction organized in Champagnole on September 17 resulted in only 2% unsold volume and a new quarterly price increase... [more...]

  • October 08, 2014 12:12

    France: Rising hardwood prices in autumn auctions

    This autumn, hardwood auctions in France reveal strong sales and rising prices. For example, at an auction organized in Beaune (Côte d'Or) on September 16, 99% of the volumes auctioned (30,000 m3) were sold. According to ONF (France’s National Office of Forests), the average increase over the year was of 19%... [more...]

  • September 24, 2014 16:01

    Price of wood pellets sees no improvements in Central and Western Europe

    The price evolution of wood pellets in Central and Western Europe has been ascending throughout the whole 2013, with few exceptions. From January to December 2013, the average pellet price has increased by 9 percent in Germany, 6 percent in Austria and... [more...]

  • September 16, 2014 06:00

    Is the VPA really driving up Indonesian wood products exports to EU?

    In the past month, some international media reports have been talking about a supposed benefit of the VPA-FLEGT ratification, that has been pushing up Indonesian wood products export to the European Union in the first six months of the year. All these reports are quoting some statements belonging to the Indonesian Forestry Minister, Mr. Zulkifli Hassan. In fact, most of these statements are based either on adjusted, mistaken or false statiscs... [more...]

  • September 12, 2014 12:43

    Infographic: Prices of imported wood pellets from U.S. trending downwards

    A 3 percent decline in the average price of imported pellets from the United States can be noticed in the first five months. Relatively low shipping costs to Europe, favourize wood pellets producers from the U.S. Thus, EU purchases from America are generally cheaper than imports from other major source countries... [more...]

  • September 04, 2014 13:32

    Tackling FSC fraud: Will the Online Claims Platform fail or fly?

    As the FSC system grows, so does the potential for false claims and labels. FSC’s answer is the Online Claims Platform (OCP), a system enabling users to record and confirm their FSC transactions online. If strong buy-in from the industry can be secured, the OCP may vastly reduce the risk of fraud and errors. Despite serious obstacles, constructive dialogue may be paving the way for a solution. [more...]

  • August 21, 2014 16:02

    Global trade of woodworking technology still in crisis

    The figures of the global industry of woodworking technology, processed by the Acimall Studies Office, are clear: all major international competitors recorded a negative trend. Export decreased in Germany (1,715 million Euro, minus 3.1 percent compared to 2012), though it was compensated by a strong domestic market. Same 3.1 percent decrease, down to 1,111 million Euro, also for export in Italy, a downward trend that had already emerged at the end of 2012 and... [more...]

  • August 12, 2014 09:15

    Greenpeace accuses FSC of 'certifying' the destruction of Russian forests

    Greenpeace released a report at the beginning of this month in which exposes the failure of the main forest certification system, FSC (Forest Stewardship Council), to protect primary forests remaining in Russia, including legally protected areas. Greenpeace says that through forest certification, some forest companies are making destructive practices... [more...]

  • August 05, 2014 09:06

    France: Recent auctions reveal rising hardwood prices

    The hardwood market in France continues to be very fierce this summer. The results of recent public hardwood auctions organized at the end of the first half of the year confirm the strong demand in almost all species and in all types of products. June auctions in the east of France, such as that of Courlaoux in the Jura region, were highly competitive and were largely characterized by firm prices and low unsold volumes... [more...]