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Legal & General (L&G) commits up to £600m to construction of pre-fabricated houses, using timber, in the UK

13 Apr 2016

L&G has announced that it will invest up to £600m in factories that will make pre-fabricated houses. £55m has already been allocated to the first site near Leeds, which will make 3,000 houses annually.

Massive rise in the use of Wood Pellets in the UK

13 Apr 2016

The volume of pellets used in the UK during 2014-15 increased by 69% from the previous year, to over 5 million tonnes.

Forestry News

Housing associations merge with 100,000-home plan

6 Apr 2016

Three housing associations are set to merge, creating one of the largest house builders in the country with plans to build around 100,000 homes across London and the South East.

Forestry News

We don't need foreign money to keep Britain's lights on

1 Apr 2016

I keep my head down if conversation turns to wind farms. They are awesome. I love them. I would be happy to have a turbine in my back garden. A recent Panorama programme stunned me. About 9,000 people died of cold in 2015. Five million live in fuel poverty today, including one in 10 pensioners and a million working families, with a further two million skipping meals to pay for fuel. Those in arrears have prepayment meters forced on them, the very most expensive way to pay for energy.

Forestry News

BSW Timber invests £3.6m in UK's fencing market

29 Mar 2016

BSW Timber has invested more than £3.6m in a major drive to capitalise on opportunities provided by the fast-growing UK fencing market.

Renewables News

Longannet power station closes ending coal power use in Scotland

24 Mar 2016

The biggest plant of its kind in Britain has been generating electricity for 46 years, with closure marking ‘end of an era’ for coal power in Scotland

Renewables News

Harburnhead Wind Farm reaches Financial Close

24 Mar 2016

West Lothian renewables project secures £70m funding from Barclays and MUFG’s banking arm, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ

Forestry News

Trade globally in Softwood Lumber Reached a 10 year high in 2015

16 Mar 2016

The US lumber market was a key driver, as increased house building resulted in lumber consumption rising 5% from 2014 levels, with import volumes increasing by 10% in the same period.

Forestry News

Scotland needs more trees to secure £1bn forestry and timber industry

16 Mar 2016

The Scottish Government must plant more trees to secure the future of Scotland's £1 billion forestry and timber industry, according to the sector's leading trade body. In a five-point forestry action plan ahead of the Holyrood elections, the Confederation of Forestry Industries (Confor) issues a rallying cry for new planting - and warns the target of 100,000 hectares of new woodland in Scotland in the decade to 2022 is in serious danger of being missed.

Forestry News

UK forestry investment market grows by 200%, research shows

15 Mar 2016

The value of the UK forestry market has increased by more than 200% in the last five years, according to new research. Forestry remains a strong performer among all land-based investments, with more than £130 million being traded last year and a rise in the average value per hectare.

Forestry News

Europe expected to plant 600,000ha of forestry to combat climate change

28 Feb 2016

Investment in forestry over the next five years will have a big impact on the environment, as it will result in the planting of 600,000 ha in Europe.

Renewables News

The end of the line for today’s wind turbines

26 Feb 2016

We need to start thinking today about the future of our wind turbines.

Forestry News

Forestry: Slow growth market

11 Feb 2016

If money really does not grow on trees, someone forgot to tell the global pension fund community. Around the world, institutional investors’ appetite for timberland is rising, consultants are advising pension funds on how to add more timberland to their portfolios – and how to identify suitable strategies and managers – and the timber industry is adapting to the ESG and stewarding requirements of institutional capital.

Renewables News

Sheltered from biggest risks, green fuel to ride out oil crash

11 Feb 2016

Green power is cheap enough to compete with fossil fuels and will buck the trend of falling investment in oil and gas as it can offer long-term returns sheltered from political risk, investors and industry analysts say.

Renewables News

Thousands Of Christians Set To Switch To Greener Energy Suppliers

10 Feb 2016

A new initiative responding to the Christian community’s concern around climate change will see thousands of people across the UK encouraged to switch their homes and churches to electricity from renewable sources. Launched on Ash Wednesday, February 10th, the Big Church Switch, facilitated by Christian Aid and Tearfund, will start inviting hundreds of thousands of Christians to switch energy suppliers, to urge their churches to follow suit, and to celebrate those churches and individuals who have already made the switch.

Renewables News

Wind generated 48% of Scotland's power needs in Jan

8 Feb 2016

Wind farms produced enough power to cover 48% of Scotland's electricity needs in January 2016, although generation was lower than in the same month of 2015, WWF Scotland said on Monday.