What's Happening

Climate Change

March 2014 - Implementation of the EU Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) for Sawmill Sites.  Confor has been active within the UK IED Technical Work Group responsible for drafting the sector guidance note (SGN) for timber treatment installations. Read update.

August 2013 - Industrial Emissions Directive - The Environment Agency will be implementing the Industrial emissions Directive (IED) during 2013/2014. The briefing sets out  the impact this may have on your operations and what we may expect of some sectors in the near future. More information can be found here.

July 2013 - The government has published the National Adaptation Programme report and theStrategy for the second round of the Adaptation Reporting Power, Monday 1 July.

Link to the Written Ministerial Statement:http://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-vote-office/July_2013/01-07-13/6.EFRA-NAPandStrategyforAdaptationReportingPower.pdf

Both of the documents can be accessed at https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/adapting-to-climate-change

Stakeholder Meeting on the Role of Agriculture and Forestry in the EU's Climate Change Policy

A report of the meeting on 30th August 2012, and the EC Proposal on accounting rules and action plans on greenhouse gas emissions and removals resulting from activities related to land use, land use change and forestry.

Species and provenance choice in a changing climate

Dr Suzanne Martin wrote the above article for FTN in August 2011.  She won the Alan Mitchell Memorial Award in 2011.

The Renewable Heat Incentive

A report and comment by Kath McNulty, Confor Wales' manager, May 2011

Climate change and the timber trade - understanding the opportunities and challenges

Presentations from this EFIP/FR seminar on climate change and timber quality, Newcastle, 23 February 2011 can be found here.

Combating Climate Change - a role for UK forests 

The Sir David Read report 'Combating Climate Change - a role for UK forests' can be read here.  It states: "Woodlands planted since 1990, coupled to an enhanced woodland creations programme of 23 200ha per year (14,840ha additional to the 8360ha per year assume in business as usual projections) over the next 40 years, could, by 2050, be delivering, on an annual basis, emissions abatement equivalent to 10% of GHG emissions at that time.  Such a programme would represent a 4% change in land cover and would bring UK forest area to 16% which would still be well below the European average."

The key findings are:

  • A clear need for more woodlands
  • An asset to be managed wisely
  • The status quo is not an option
  • Harvesting and use of wood increases forestry's mitigation potential
  • Trees help people adapt

The report stresses, that while gaps for further research have been identified, of equal importance is communicating the findings to decision-makers, to enable trees, woodlands and forestry to be placed at the heart of climate change policy.

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